Columns/Opinions

Thu
05
May

"Apple worth a serious look nowadays" by: John Sample

   I spoke recently about the thought of taking profits - if you had some - as this market seems to have difficulty moving to new record high levels.  
   At the end of last week, we pulled back from those levels and have continued the selling.  
   I do not see this as an indication of a bear market, but just another setback when markets reach new highs without sufficient reason to move further north.  
   One of the biggest problems I had with clients when I managed their money was explaining that taking a profit made sense.  
   It is never officially a profit until it is taken. I was told many times that the sale would result in taxes.  
   My response is that you never really get a profit till you have to pay taxes.  
   Paper profits look nice but they are not going to be used for the purchase of fungible goods unless you decide to borrow against those paper profits, which makes no sense if the purchase is for consumption. 

Thu
05
May

"Being a sheep isn’t bad, if you follow Good Shepherd" by: Sister Maria del Rosario Resendez

   Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs and carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes. Isaiah 40:11. 
   “What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? 
   “If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. 
   “So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.”What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the 99 on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? 
   “If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. 

Thu
05
May

"Storms unbearable without Him on board" by: Betsy Monico

   Late Friday afternoon when the rain stopped, I made a round with my oldest son to check hog traps. 
   He hopped on his four-wheeler and assumed I was going to ride with him. 
   Well, I did not. I got on his brother’s four wheeler and drove myself. 
   It was so peaceful and nice to head out with him to the “backside” as we call it. 
   The rain had calmed down any dust that would have been a nuisance, so I followed right behind him.
Brazos rides the most around here. 
   I trusted he knew where he was going and what was safe or unsafe for us to travel through. I cautiously crossed a dugout after him. 
   If it had been too steep for me, he would have stopped me. 
   He parked on the other side of the creek and turned back to look at me. He nodded for me to come on over. 
   He did not say a word, but just gave me a nod with his chin going up as if to say, “Come on, Mom.” 

Thu
05
May

"Christ took our sin away" by: Caleb Gibson

   Take a minute to think about this scene. 
   Imagine that you are living in Old Testament times and have sinned. Jesus has not died yet, so what do you do? 
   You have to bring your sin offering to the priest. Under the old covenant, a man must bring a sin offering to the priest whenever he sins. 
   Typically, a lamb was the more common sin offering. When the priest receives it, the very first thing they will do is examine the lamb to ensure that it doesn’t have blemishes. 
   The priest’s job is to examine the lamb to ensure it has no imperfections. 
   The lamb must be perfect, without blemish because it speaks of Jesus’ perfection. Jesus knew no sin and committed no sin. 
   He is the true sacrificial Lamb without blemish. 
   Now, the priest does not examine you. He knows why you are there. Instead he examines the sin offering. 

Thu
28
Apr

"So where do you get your ‘state of union’" by: Jessica Shepard

   It seems to be that no matter what political ring candidates are standing up in, we’re left with the same questions.
   People want to know qualifications, past experiences and visions or plans for the future to fix the issues that have arisen under the ending regime.
   I think what I want to know most from new entries, or those hats tossed in from left field, is, what do you plan on doing differently and why now?
   If you’ve barely attended any City Council meetings or school board meetings, where are you getting your news about the current “state of the union” as it were?
   Are you drumming up support from gossipers, the folks with fingers in every pie and judging it on second or third hand accounts?
   Or, perhaps, are you just so unsatisfied with what is being done now that you think you can step in and make it better?
   Which is a great plan without knowing an accurate account or even more than what you can glean from Facebook.

Thu
28
Apr

"There is love at work during times of disaster, tragedy" by: Sister Maria del Rosario Resendez

   Watching the news on the weather this past week was hard for me to do. I saw Houston underwater and it was hurtful to think of all the damage that was taking place.  
   I heard of all the drowning and that broke my heart. I will never understand why there are drownings during a flood. 
   We are given enough warning to avoid that from happening unless it’s a tsunami I think most drownings could be avoided.  
   Still the feelings and emotions that I had during the flood couldn’t compare to what the people that were living through it were feeling.  
   The last article I wrote I talked about finding God in all things. During times like this flood I know it can be  really hard to find God.      
   Yet I saw God working in all the trouble and turmoil. 

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Thu
28
Apr

"Life isn’t a spectator sport, so participate" by: Betsy Monico

   This weekend was one big déjà vu. It all began on Friday when I was helping prepare for the 8th-grade dance. 
   It was my second go at the event, so I considered myself an expert.  
   I was going up and down the ladder like a pro, but I felt woozy.  
   It was nothing that a Snickers did not fix.  
   The sugar and protein perked me up.  
   I needed a BC powder by nightfall to make it to our ball game and a shot of NyQuil by bedtime to rest. 
   Something was just not right. When I woke up Saturday morning, the something not quite right felt like strep throat.  
   The last time I had it was 15 years ago, but I remembered the feeling.  
   A quick trip to the urgent care in Mexia confirmed that I needed antibiotics, rest, and a new toothbrush.  Being ill with strep is not a big deal, but I have been so healthy that it threw me for a loop.  

Thu
28
Apr

"See yourself as loved, forgiven " by: Caleb Gibson

   Many people get nervous when they hear the words, “theology” or, “doctrine.”
   The truth is that the word theology is simply the, “study of God.”  
   It is made up of two Greek words. Theology is the study of God because, “Theo” is the Greek word for God.  
   Anytime we see, “ology or logy” at the end of a word, this means, “the study of.” We have many words that do this such as Geology, Biology, or Christology.  
   These are complex words that are simple once we grasp the meaning. 
   According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary the word doctrine is, “a set of ideas or beliefs that are taught or believed to be true.”  
   Both of these words have to do with believing. Everyone has their own theology.  

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Thu
28
Apr

"Who’s to blame when things go disastrously wrong?" by: Willie Younger

   Am I just getting disenchanted, perhaps a bit cynical, in my old age? Or, are we Americans becoming increasingly reluctant to take responsibility for our own actions? For example, it seems today’s courts are filled with civil lawsuits and criminal cases that reflect a disturbing change in attitude, maybe even a glaring lack of good old fashion common sense or grace! 
   A drunkard is not responsible for driving her 3,000 pound auto onto a crowded sidewalk. On another occasion, a crazed gunman shoots up a church full of folks he doesn’t even know because his girlfriend dumped him, his mommy never understood him or his coffee was cold. Then some sharp-as-a-tack criminal defense attorneys or off-kilter politicians point their bony fingers at the car makers, whiskey distillers, or gun manufacturers, as the root cause of these senseless tragedies.

Thu
21
Apr

"New market days group looks for revival" by: Mike Reddell

   A new group has formed to breathe new life into market days.
   Its aims are to recruit more volunteers to work the monthly event, find new vendors and retain our present ones and bring entertainment to the venue.
   The group is working with the chamber, Bay City merchants and really anyone interested in keeping this longtime downtown event around.
   To counter the perception that market days is money-losing proposition, the Bay City Sentinel looked up Bay City Chamber of Commerce under the IRS category of non-profits.
   We found 10 years of chamber IRS 990 filings (2004-2014) of market days’ gross revenues, net revenues and expenses.
   Those documents show market days were profitable to the chamber during that time.
   The total during that decade of filings was: gross revenue, $316,874; net revenue, $226,010; and expenses, $90,864.
   We presented those IRS filings to the chamber’s board recently. 

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