Columns/Opinions

Thu
04
Jun

"Think of the Lord's faithfulness when doubt arises" by: Betsy Monico

    The end of the school year is so close. My family is struggling!  
   It is hard to go to bed and it is even harder to get up. 
   We are ready for summer. We should already be in bed by now and one of my kids is standing here at the bar begging me to find him a needle and thread so he can repair “Donkey.”  
   An old donkey just reappeared from the good old Shrek days and it is in need of repair…so random!  
   He is worried about stuffing donkey with cotton balls to puff him back up, but does not have a clue where his backpack is for tomorrow or have his sack lunch packed.
   Life right now is just crazy.  
   Geez, I just heard him and now he is asking his Dad if he knows where a needle and thread is.  
   That has to be the funniest thing I have ever heard because my husband is a team player for sure, but he does not know where the sewing supplies are.  
Thu
28
May

"Sheriff: Holiday weekend 'terrible'" by: Mike Reddell

 “Memorial Day weekend was terrible,” Sheriff Frank “Skipper” Osborne told commissioners court Tuesday.
   The three-day holiday was marred by the drowning of a Van Vleck man who tried to save children caught in a rip tide and a murder in Bay City Sunday.
   There were four near-drownings on Matagorda Beach on Saturday, followed by the same number Monday.
   Alarmed by near-drownings a week before on the beach, Osborne told how his deputies, LCRA police and state game wardens all were on patrol on the beach. 
   In many cases, the sheriff said officers urged swimmers to leave the treacherous waters where the rip tides were.
   “They just waved at us and wouldn’t get out of the water,” the sheriff said.
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   Before I wrote this column early Tuesday morning, I spent an hour online going through the barrage of weather reports to make sense of what has happened.
Thu
28
May

"Ignoring advice from 'Chicken littles'" by: John Sample

   I am sitting at my desk and witnessing an unusual event for my neck of the woods in the Hill Country.
   The rain is coming down in buckets. The Guadalupe River is running finally at a rate that has filled up Canyon Lake and will send any Memorial weekend tubers to the shore to avoid being swept away. 
   Beyond putting a sizable dent into the drought, if not ending it, the Whooping Cranes main food source will have the amount of fresh water to multiply. I am speaking of blue crabs that the cranes dine on. 
   I have little idea of what this has to do with investing except that it is something so totally different from the last seven years that one has to take note.
Thu
28
May

"Put faith in God when expecting the worst" by: Betsy Monico

   I had a few minutes one night this week and decided to leave the Sandlots and go for a run around the high school. 
   I pretended like I was Forest Gump and just took off running. 
   It was smooth sailing until I decided to cut through by the soccer fields. 
   It was muddy and uneven. I left like I was hiking and needed to trade in my running shoes for some off-road style hiking boots.  
   I slowed down to a cautious speed. I did not want fall. 
   I had a game to get to and the last thing I needed was to be covered in mud. 
   Ther were also soccer players working hard on the fields and I refused to have an embarrassing spill in front of them. I imagined it all in my head…it was not pretty!
   My adventure got even more exciting when I spotted a scruffy little black dog up in front of me. 
Thu
21
May

"Graduation: Then and Now" by: Jessica Shepard

   As graduation looms on the horizon for the class of 2015, I’m starting to vaguely remember my own. 
   Those last few weeks were a mix of painful tests, last minute extra credit assignments and tons of preparation. 
   The only thing I really recall being excited about was how many half days and off days seemed to pile up at the end of the year. 
   I graduated from Bay City High School in May of 2006 – the 31, I think. 
   Nine years and so many months makes my memory a little fuzzy there. 
Thu
21
May

"Look for value in dividends" by: John Sample

   While the economy is nothing to brag about, the market as measured by stock indexes are at all-time highs.  
   Investors might be worried, but the lack of alternatives seems to be the only answer this old investor can find.  
   One person would normally talk about precious metals, real estate or bonds. 
   While I am usually a value investor, the above mentioned threesome leave little reward. The equities market also provides me little value. 
   I am left with the belief that one should continue to look for return through dividends. 
Thu
21
May

"God comforts us by pouring his love through his people" by: Rosario Resendez

   And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.” Matthew 26:39 
   I’m used to being strong.  
   When times get hard I really try to stay strong and stay focused.  
   I’m not one that cries in front of others, I try to hold all my emotions together.  
   Growing up we are taught to be tough, strong women able to handle anything that comes our way.  
   Yet some of the battles that come our way are a bit hard even for the strongest soldiers. 
   I always hear from people that we should have faith and trust in the will of God,and this is true, but I think we forget that as humans we aren’t too fond of feeling pain.  
   Ever gotten to close to an open flame? It’s only natural that we move away.  
Thu
21
May

"Noah's lesson to us is giving all your trust to God" by: Betsy Monico

   I have the greatest job at church. I get to hang out with the kids. 
   We call it “kid’s church” and we often make fun of the grown-ups who are in “big kid” church because we think we have way more fun.  
   I guess that if every church member found an area within the church that they could serve and love serving, we would never have to ask for volunteers or pass around a sign-up sheet to get help. 
   Today, I started off with a question.  
   I said, “We are going to talk about what it has been doing around here for the past few weeks. What do you think it is?” 
    I had a room full of kids who responded with RAIN. They knew it! 
Thu
14
May

"Automated answering sure route to nowhere" by: Mike Reddell

   All of these years later, I still get a big headache out of those automated phone answering machines.  
   And, no, I’m not talking about calling someone and hearing an electronic voice repeat the phone number and ask you to leave a message. I get those.  
   I’m talking about the sheer misery or, at best, inconvenience of calling a big company or government agency give you options – numbered 1,2,3…whatever – after telling you to listen up, “as our menu has changed.”  
   What? Does that mean there was something in place more impersonal and confusing than the new menu?  
Thu
14
May

"Quality time spent with mom, sister" by: Jessica Shepard

   Mother’s Day was rather uneventful last weekend.  
   My sister Ashlee came home and we spent a good portion of Saturday in Sugar Land.  
   We ran errands and had a little mother-daughter bonding time.  
   Mom, Ashlee and I all got pedicures.  
   It was an interesting experience, if only because it seems like a lot of other mothers had the same idea.  
   I don’t think it would have been so bad if I wasn’t the one having to sit apart from my family.  

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