Columns/Opinions

Thu
18
Feb

"Choose life, choose Jesus" by: Caleb Gibson

   Bumper stickers, they are easy to put on but hard to take off. 
   While I love these adhesive labels, bumper stickers are infamous with having controversial things on them.  
   One sticker that many people have talked about in the Christian circle is the, “God is My Co-Pilot” sticker.  
   Some people like them, some people do not. Others have made a reversal sticker stating, “If God is Your Co-Pilot, You Should Switch Seats.”  
   Back and forth they go, but which sticker is better? 
   One side of the table says that God should not be in the back seat, He should be leading the ship.  
   The reality is that you write your own life story. You wake up and choose which way to go. Do you want an espresso, latte, or decaf? It is all up to you. 

Thu
11
Feb

"STP’s good news extends to many" by: Mike Reddell

Great news for all of us – STP Units 3 and 4 were cleared by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to be issued two Combined Licenses (COL) it was announced Tuesday, Jan 9.
   The application for the licenses was filed September 2007, and the approval came nearly nine years later.
   STP is the county’s largest employer and its record as a corporate citizen has been impressive.
   There have been hiccups in this eight-plus-year process – the Japanese tsunami in 2011 had a worldwide impact, including for STP and Matagorda County.
   We’ve all moved past that and now STP will boost its already considerable part of the Texas energy grid, ERCOT, at a time when energy strategies are changing.

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Thu
11
Feb

Johnson announces candidacy for mayor

Steven Johnson

   It is with much reverence and respect that I would like to announce my candidacy for the office of Mayor of Bay City.
   As many know, the responsibility of the mayor is to take care of the day to day operations of the city.
   My platform is simple.
   Be responsible for the day-to-day operations.
   As your city councilman I have had time to study the problems of the city and feel that much attention is needed on the infrastructure of the city.
   Completion of Nile Valley Road as an access to the medical district and Nichols Road is a priority for my administration.
   With the right leadership and skill set I feel confident we can prevail over the problems of the city by setting goals and deadlines for each department.
   Continual training for employees on individual trades, as well as operation of new equipment.
   Some may think this will increase the budget of the city, however, 

Thu
11
Feb

Brent Marceaux suspends effort on race for mayor

   It is with thoughtful prayer and full consideration I announce suspension of my mayoral campaign.
   I am instead focusing on my family and their immediate needs. It has been a decision based on my faith and belief that family comes first.
   The position of a city administrator should be filled by someone who fully focuses on and dedicates all their time as a resident and taxpayer to fulfilling the needs of the community.
   There are many things I continue to be hopeful for our community. I thank all who supported me and ask you to continue to consider me in their thoughts and prayers.
   Sincerely,
Brent Marceaux

Thu
11
Feb

"Know Jesus is there with you ‘through it all’" by: Betsy Monico

   This is a challenging night for me to complete my column. 
   The Super Bowl is blaring on the TV at the moment, but the real entertainment is that we are sharing old stories about the kid’s crazy antics when they were young. 
   I think I just heard one of them say that my spankings were a joke most of the time, but that they were smart enough to pretend like it hurt. 
   I am offended.
   One of my little darlings had a temper when he was a toddler and threw my pink flip phone. 
   It cracked the windshield of my car. It was a small crack, thank goodness! 
   Yes, I did pull over on the side of the interstate and spanked him! 
   The same Monico child is famous here too for throwing his bike off of the back porch when he could not get the hang of riding it without training wheels. 

Thu
11
Feb

"Kindness of God leads man to change his mind about repentance" by: Caleb Gibson

   What does repentance mean? I used to think that if someone was crying at the altar, they did something bad.  
   If they were at the altar a long time, I figured that they did something really bad. 
   The truth is that simply being sorry that you sinned is not the complete definition of repentance. 
   This meaning of repentance is in the Bible, but it is an old covenant repentance; we need to know the new covenant repentance. 
   Today, we are under a completely different relationship with God. 
   He has changed the covenants.  
   The new way of repentance can be found in the Greek. 
   Almost every time you find the word, “repent” or repentance,” you will find the Greek word “Metanoia.” 
   This word means “changing one’s mind.”  

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Thu
11
Feb

"Scrambling for vehicles after wreck" by: Jessica Shepard

   There seems to be more events this February than last year’s.
   However, as grateful as I am for the busy days, I’m more prone to wanting to relax and take a break.
   But, this weekend, there was no such opportunity.
   In the past few weeks we’ve dealt with a few personal issues arising.
   My brother managed to get T-boned in Austin and as a result my mother’s beloved Audi  was totaled.
   That’s left us short another vehicle and scrambling to get him a set of wheels.
   Which, in turn, has also considerably limited our free time on the weekends as well.
   Still, I’m not jealous of my mom’s run to Houston last Saturday.

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Thu
11
Feb

"Patience virtue in market today"by: John Sample

   If you didn’t enjoy January, you are really going to need some Pepto for February.
   In little over a week we have captured the losses for the whole beginning month of 2016.
   The employment report indicated almost full employment with wages rising to no avail.
   In truth though, the harbinger of bad times continues to come cloaked in the low oil prices.
   West Texas Intermediate crude made its latest move below $30 per barrel.
   Barron’s this weekend predicted that we would see $20 and sooner than later. I guess it goes without saying that blood is running in the streets of energy companies.
   Conoco announced last week that it would cut costs and its dividend. Chesapeake continues to claim that bankruptcy is not a plan.

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Thu
11
Feb

"A positive way to ‘force’ dog to fetch" by: Rob Murray

   In our last training article, we were able to get our pup to fetch the marked bird (bumper) back to us, but, we couldn’t reliably count on the pup to keep it in their mouth and deliver it to our hand every single time. 
   Today’s lesson is on “Forced Fetch” and “Hold”! 
   In the old days, we would convince, I mean FORCE, the dog to fetch any object by pinching their ear or pulling a string attached to the dogs paw until they opened their mouth and took the object. 
   Thankfully, we don’t have to resort to this type of FORCE anymore. 
   Today, we use a positive method of getting the pup to fetch and hold any object by using marker words and treats that allow the dog to be successful and have fun while learning that it is rewarding for it to fetch and hold the object. 

Thu
11
Feb

"Hunter/Retriever Challenge: Can your dog pass?" by: Rob Murray

Even though the waterfowl season has come to a close for this year, doesn’t mean that we have to wait until next year to get out with our dog and have fun in the field and on 
   “Started” or “Junior” category is for pups over 6 months old and it requires the pup to be able to retrieve 4 single ducks; 2 on land and 2 on water. 
   The hunters must be able to teach his dog to watch and mark a birds position as it falls on the ground or in the water and then to retrieve the bird to hand. 
   “Seasoned” or “Senior” category is for all dogs over 6 months and it requires the dog to be able to retrieve double sets of ducks on land and water, blind retrieves on land and water, diversions, walk ups and honoring for other retrievers. 

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