Columns/Opinions

Thu
04
Feb

"Projects carry hope for future" by: Mike Reddell

   There are so many promising – and expensive – projects under consideration.
   The City of Bay City proposals are the north downtown plan, the Schumann entertainment complex and the possible renovation of the old Texas Theatre building into a cultural arts center.
   Bay City school trustees are working on a capital plan that includes new construction on most campuses. 
   The county already has launched its program for improvements at the courthouse and the county’s office building.
   All of these works have merits, but aside from the county’s improvements, there will be opposition because of the respective price tags involved.
   Some people I’ve talked to about the different proposals are opposed because they’ve dialed up the time-tested formula of just say no.
   Indeed, when you break down any of these projects into their component parts, it’s no problem to find things to question, particularly their costs.

Thu
04
Feb

"Sorry to lose good weather" by: Jessica Shepard

   So, I’ve gotten minimal feedback for my blue hair request.
   Which I both disheartening and rather depressing.
   But, I’ll pick another cause to help rally everyone at another time.
   Maybe you’ll be more inclined to help sway my mother’s opinion during the summer.
   Which brings me to another point.
   Wasn’t the weather over the weekend just perfect?
   Balmy days with enough breeze to keep you relaxed and cooled off.
   It was almost like Mother Nature was making up for that week of bitter cold and nasty drizzled rain.
   Unfortunately, I hear that the temperatures are going back down.
   Which, would be fine if I didn’t have to venture out of my “blanket burrito” and work.

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Thu
04
Feb

"Sounding like ‘Ground Hog Day’" by: John Sample

 I know this column is starting to look like Bill Murray in “Ground Hog Day.”
   I wish I could find that golden lining, but it just doesn’t happen in this market. For example, January 2016 was the worst performance in equities since 2009. 
   That doesn’t look good for February which was last down in 2009. 
   Oil prices which rose last week on rumors of some deal between Saudi Arabia and Russia on cutting production was written off about as fast as Jeb Bush’s campaign. 

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Thu
04
Feb

Letter to the Editor: "Things aren’t always what they seem" by: Crystal E. Allison

   Things aren’t always what they seem. We’ve all heard that saying and we all know it to be true. 
   When we are not directly involved with something, we don’t know the goings on, we shouldn’t jump to conclusions about what “appears” to be going on, but we all do. I remind my children of this often, as I do myself. 
   When someone cuts us off in traffic, we need to stop and think… they might need to get home to a parent/grandparent that has fallen and can’t get up. 
   They might be hurrying to pick up a child from school who has been injured and needs to get to the doctor. 
   Maybe they have a loved one that just passed away. We never know what is going on in someone else’s life because we are not walking in their shoes.
   For the community that is looking at the board trustees, wondering “what in the heck they are thinking,” “did they consider the bond election” etc., take a step back and realize, you are not in our shoes. 

Thu
04
Feb

"Daily decalogue a way to be in closer communion with God" by: Sister Maria del Rosario Resendez

   This is my last reflection of the daily decalogue of Pope John XIII. I have already written about the first eight which were:  
   1.Only for today, I will seek to live the livelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once. 
   2. Only for today, I will take the greatest care of my appearance: I will dress modestly; I will not raise my voice; I will be courteous in my behavior; I will not criticize anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself. 
   3. Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world but also in this one. 
   4. Only for today, I will adapt to circumstances, without requiring all circumstances to be adapted to my own wishes. 

Thu
04
Feb

"Behold Jesus in Old Testament" by: Caleb Gibson

   Did you know that the Old Testament stories contain shadows of Jesus? Paul talked about how the Old Covenant was just a, “mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ” (Col. 2:17). 
   In fact, God uses stories to explain things to us. 
   The Bible is all about God. It is formed so perfectly and shaped so greatly that it impacts our daily lives. It is relevant because its central focus is the one we worship, Jesus. 
   He wants us to discover His love for us, and when we know we are loved, we are refreshed. Typology in the Old Testament is so powerful because it effects how we see the story. 
   We can see Jesus in Genesis; as Adam was a life-giving being, Jesus is the last Adam who is a life-giving spirit (1 Cor. 15:46).  

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Thu
28
Jan

"Trying to parse board’s decision" by: Mike Reddell

    Color me confused about the Bay City school board’s recent 5-2 decision not to extend Superintendent Keith Brown’s contract, when it’s up in July 2017.
    It’s plain that a five-trustee majority is set against Brown and the non-confidence vote – which repeated the board’s vote last year not to extend the contract – was nevertheless a splash of bad news coming from BCISD.
    Last time I checked, Brown was working to educate the community on a major bond issue aimed at making improvements at all BCISD campuses.
    I wonder if those voting against the extension took the bond issue sales job into consideration.

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Thu
28
Jan

"Expressing yourself in technicolor" by: Jessica Shepard

   While I love the job I have now, I’m trying to decide the next avenue.
   The only thing I know is that I want it to allow me a bit more freedom of outward expression.
   And, I’m sure a few of you are wondering what I mean by that.
   To make a long story short I want to have Technicolor hair.
   I’m talking bright, unnatural colors.
   Bold or pastel – either way I have this all-consuming need to do something out of the ordinary.
   Now, I’ve had blue hair before.
   Not just any old blue, it’s been royal blue, cerulean blue and baby blue.
   I’ve also had purple, teal, pink, grey and stop sign red hair.
   And I miss it, all of it.
   I’ve noticed recently that strange or odd dye jobs have become quite popular with my peers and those younger than me.
   All I can say is “FINALLY!”
   I have been waiting years for individual expression to make it to the mainstream.

Thu
28
Jan

"Several factors part of market decline" by: John Sample

    I first want to apologize for being absent from duty last week. 
    Being of the age to qualify for Social Security and Medicare, I must admit to my limited IT skills compared to my children and grandchildren. 
    I am not completely inept but it is not a pretty picture. My Wi-Fi router and my internet service decided to attack me at the same time. To say it was not a fair fight is a vast understatement. 
    I have found a way around the problem and am back at the controls.
    My second admission is that I vastly missed the call on crude oil prices. I just did not see West Texas Intermediate crude prices dropping below $30 a barrel, which happened last week. 
    That move, along with China and the Fed hike, sent the various indexes back below where we were a mere five months ago in August. 
    These are not bear market levels, but a correction for sure. 

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