Columns/Opinions

Fri
27
Feb

"'I am' helps us remember how Jesus used the 2 words" by Betsy Monico

   This week has been a blur.  
   It has been a good blur, but full of activity and a BLUR to say the least.  
   We are knee deep getting ready for the book fair at school. .  
   We attended the Rock and Worship Road Show in Dallas Wednesday night.  
   The Second Annual Daddy Daughter Dance was a hit again, but required some preparation around here with my youngest daughter.  
   For the oldest, high school softball is up and running.  
   Add in some daily homework, and geez, I feel like I need a nap!  .  There has been a lot going on, and still is!
Fri
27
Feb

'Lupe Florez Experience' by L. Scott Hainline

   Major props to the Bay City ISD, and if you don’t know “props”, it’s short for “propers” as in, “proper respect” - and that’s straight from the Urban Dictionary. 
   New Bay City football head coach-athletic director Guadalupe “Lupe” Florez will make Bay City ISD student-athletes winners on and off the field, and there’s major-network reality show potential all over the place. 
   “The Lupe Florez Experience.” 
   I’m calling ESPN! 
Fri
27
Feb

"Dates for popular camping course set" by Willie Younger

   The Matagorda County Birding Nature Center has announced dates for its popular, two-part course on the ins and outs of Everything-Must-Go-In-The-Boat camping at remote and primitive waterfront locations accessed by kayak or canoe.  
    A three-hour shoreside session is scheduled from 9:05 a.m. until noon on March 7 at the Center’s riverside pavilion.   
   Paddlers will be introduced to clothing, gear, foods, waterway, campsite and companion selection; packing and emergency management practices; as recommended for safely and comfortably engaging in overnight float trips.  
Thu
19
Feb

"Shut doors keep public from prying" By: Mike Reddell

   In my sojourn as a city councilman in Kerrville, my colleagues on council rarely went into closed session – something for which I was grateful.
   That’s because I was a newspaperman before and after my term as a council member – I was the public relations director for Mo-Ranch Presbyterian Assembly at the time. I’ve always harbored a suspicion of closed meetings and I felt the same way when I was taking part in one.
   In my 40-plus years in journalism, I’ve covered a great many meetings of taxing agencies – city councils, school boards, commissioner courts and countless authorities and advisory groups under the umbrella of a government.
Thu
19
Feb

"There's a difference between investing and spending" By: John Sample

    Much like last week, I encountered a situation where I was trying to help someone (my ex-wife) with her investing needs. 
   She came into some money out of the sale of property. She has a successful business that is growing. 
   In fact, her daughter quit a quite promising career in law to join her - she was able have a home life mixed with a job. 
   This is a difficult position for young people today. My daughter quit a management position with Nordstrom to stay at home and raise three boys. 
   It became as much a logical financial decision given child-care costs. 
   I relate this as finances drive almost all we do. 
Thu
19
Feb

"Keeping our lives 'clean' requires maintenance" By: Betsy Monico

   I told a story a few weeks ago in a group of women. I know for sure that they will never think of me the same.  
   I let the cat out of the bag that sometimes I do not sort the silverware.  
   When my kids were little, I began a bad habit. I started opening up the silverware drawer and just dumping all of the clean utensils in the drawer and closing it.
  One of the ladies in the group asked me if I knew that trays were made for that so that everything had its place.  
   I told her that I had two trays in the drawer, but sometimes I just ignored them to save time.
Thu
19
Feb

"Time of Lent: To recall Christ's teachings, sacrifice" by: Rosario Resendez

   This Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, many of you may have noticed people walking around with a smudge of ashes on their foreheads.   
   This is supposed to be a cross and we Catholics go to church on Ash Wednesday and receive the ashes as a sign and reminder to us all that Lent has started.
    Many people think of Lent as a time when people give things up for 40 days.    
   A lot of people give up social media, chocolate, sodas, things like that.   
Thu
12
Feb

"My 57th reunion with Davy" By Mike Reddell

 As I reported elsewhere on this page how Matagorda County Day in Austin allows local residents to acquaint themselves with state people, Tuesday’s event also gave me the chance to look up an old revered friend.
   It was 57 years ago that I first beheld the image of my hero, Davy Crockett.
   No matter how many times I’ve visited the capitol - and the total is in pretty serious double digits at my age - I always go visit Crockett’s bigger-than-life size painting.
I may have written before that I was disappointed in 1958, upon gazing at William Henry Huddle’s famous painting for the first time, to learn to my horror Crockett didn’t look like Fess Parker.
   Parker played the legendary frontiersman, congressman and Alamo hero in the mid-1950s Disney TV series.
Thu
12
Feb

"Stocks, health require constant monitoring" by John Sample

   Trying to discern the proper course of action is a difficult undertaking even if you avail yourself of all the possible information you can digest. 
   I suffered through a tough weekend due to the fact that I misinterpreted what I believed to be some lower gastro intestinal problems.  
   I followed a normal course of treatment on my own and found myself at the doctor. After a quick evaluation, he pointed out my mistakes and ordered a whole new course of action.  
   My methodology was logical, but far from correct and if continued would have been a problem. 
   I offer this example only as a way to say there are no guarantees, even with diligent analysis. 
   I have a friend who is just looking to begin to manage his own savings that he has accumulated quite handsomely over the years as an oil and gas attorney.  
Thu
12
Feb

"Time spent with Valentine could be greatest gift of all" By Rosario Resendez

   It would seem that love is in the air. Valentine’s Day is almost here. 
   I listen to the girls at work talking about the gifts they are hoping to get from their significant other on this special day and I’m in the background thinking after Valentine’s it’s three weeks until my birthday and I will be getting gifts too.  
   Except for my birthday I don’t drop hints - I flat out ask for what I want. 
   I like Valentine’s Day, I know a lot of single people think of it as Single Awareness Day and prefer to disassociate with it completely, but not me.  

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