Columns/Opinions

Thu
12
Mar

"Weary of battling Daylight Savings time" by Jessica Shepard

   As someone who loves sleeping, I despise Daylight Savings Time.  
   For nearly eight months out of the year I’m miserable. The sun is rising, birds are chirping and I’m trying to burrow under the covers and block out the sounds of our dogs barking.  
   Sometimes it only gets better when I cover my head with a pillow and I sing to myself. I am not a morning person and never have been - my mother can attest to that.  

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Thu
12
Mar

"Market jitters defy upbeat report" by John Sample

   Last week ended with a thud.  
   The Dow dropped nearly 300 points, sending all the major indexes down about 1.5 percent.  
   You would have thought that some major geo-political event had taken place.  
   What in fact happened was the very positive Labor Department report indicating that the U.S. added 295,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent.  
   This positive news sent the bears to speculating that the Federal Reserve would have to raise interest rates sooner than later.  
   Rising interest rates are no friend of the stock market.  
 
Thu
12
Mar

"Even when we are weary, God is there to give us a rest" by Rosario Resendez

   So we lost an hour of sleep this weekend.   
   I don’t think an hour is that much time when we stop to think about it, but still losing that hour is not comfortable.
   This past weekend I went home to visit my family.   
   I knew that we were going to lose an hour of sleep that weekend but still I had the brilliant idea of driving from Bay City to Victoria Monday morning in time for work.  
   I’ve been gone from Bay City for much too long that I did not remember that the rodeo was also this past weekend.
Thu
12
Mar

"Finding prayer as the glue that holds us together" by Betsy Monico

   My mind has been filing up like the rain gauge hanging on our fencepost out front….Both are getting fuller and fuller!  
   I decided a few minutes ago to dump out my brain on paper, much like how I dump out the rain gauge after a hard rain to make sure it is ready for the next downpour, so here goes…  
   First of all, I have had glue on my mind. I feel like I need a big bottle of Elmer’s to keep my family together.  
   We go in different directions each morning and that trend can even continue on throughout the afternoon and evening hours.  
   Sometimes it makes me sad and I want the preschool days back.    

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Thu
05
Mar

"Cook off conditions ideal for frozen north" by Mike Reddell

   Good cheer and lots of beer long have been stapes of the Matagorda County Livestock Show and Rodeo cook off. 
   Heavy coats, hats, gloves and a desperate search for places to get out of the cold, wind and rain were the order for this year’s cook off.
   Clearly, when it’s cold, most folks aren’t into the revelry that predominantly marks the cook off at the fairgrounds.
Thu
05
Mar

"The carnival: One more chance to remember childhood" by Jessica Shepard

   The carnival opens this week at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds. I managed to catch a glimpse of some of the leg work Tuesday.
   It was just enough to jog old memories and nostalgic feelings.
   I remember when I waited for what seemed like years to get out to the carnival. 
   Riding the rides, going on the Ferris wheel with my parents or siblings and the carnival games were amazing!
   For one night twice a year I could smell funnel cakes and have cotton candy melt in my mouth.
   It was the ultimate escape from everyday living. Even when I was that young, I knew that nights spent at the carnival were full of magic.

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Thu
05
Mar

"Investor activism could bring unwanted results" by John Sample

   When I talk with friends about investments, I suggest that they base any conclusion with the thought of following the money. 
   I say this, as I perused the news this weekend.  
   One of the biggest financial stories focused on what will happen to Greece.  
   Each year, Warren Buffet provides the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway with a letter as to his opinion of the past year’s performance and his expectations for the upcoming year.  
   He also makes time to speak with CNBC and to answer questions.
Thu
05
Mar

"Floyce Brown announces candidacy" by Floyce Brown

   My name is Floyce Bankston Brown and I will be running for City Council Position 4.
   I’m a lifelong resident of Bay City, Texas, and a 1977 graduate of Bay City High school. 
   I have over 27 years of retail sales and management experience.
   I have been employed by Shoppa’s Farm Supply - a John Deer Dealership - for 16 years as the office administrator.
   As your city councilwoman, I will be an advocate for family-oriented activities, our infrastructure and continued development in our city.

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Thu
05
Mar

"It's important to cherish all the days of our lives" by Betsy Monico

   It is currently Sunday afternoon. I am sitting by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate. 
   I had the privilege of hanging out at church with a group of fun kiddos. 
   I managed to fit in my standard 20-minute nap after lunch. 
   I can check off dinner because my hubby is preparing it as I type on his smoker. 
    I usually reflect back on the week before I start my column and pick something I have stashed away in my “mental” file cabinet. 
    There is one key word or one mental file you might say that comes to mind from last week:  SNOW! 

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Thu
05
Mar

"There are movies out there that can feed our hearts" by Rosario Resendez

   My column has never been a movie review column. I actually had something else in mind that I had planned to write about this week. 
   I had notes written down on the subject and I was thinking on how to put it all together. 
   Yet, when I saw this movie this past weekend, I could think of nothing else to write about.  
   That move was McFarland, USA. 

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