Columns/Opinions

Thu
03
Mar

"Take heart in small advances in market" by: John Sample

   Well here we are with the political process visiting our fair state. Super Tuesday allows Texans to participate in the madness of the primary election season.  
   I would like to say I am agnostic but I felt that not voting was just not right. 
   I wish I could say that I felt good about voting but I happen to reside in a county where you actually only vote in one primary. This is not a duel party situation. 
   It has been this way since I was born back in 1950. At that time voters only concerned themselves with the Democratic Party and then in the 80s it changed to Republican.  
   You win the primary and you have effectively won the election. There are token opposition candidates in the fall but it is pointless, no matter the protestations of those card-carrying Democrats. 

Thu
03
Mar

"God doesn’t condemn you: Why should you condemn yourself?" by: Caleb Gibson

   Romans 8:1 tells us, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” 
   These words, “no condemnation,” explain to us that we are free in Christ. 
   Notice the present tense in the word, “now.” 
   This verse is telling us that, “There is now no condemnation” it is speaking of a very present place we are in.  
   This no condemnation is not just for heaven, it is no condemnation at this hour. 
   What does it mean to be in Christ? 

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Thu
03
Mar

"Focus on Jesus, not what’s going on around you" by: Betsy Monico

 My husband cooked steaks tonight. We all sat down at the table and enjoyed a delicious meal together like a big, happy family. 
   Our nice and rather quiet meal was totally interrupted when my son suddenly and without warning pounded on the table.  
   It was so loud and so unexpected that I nearly did a backflip off of the bench.  
   True, I am the jumpy one in the family, but his loud outburst startled us all. 
   After pounding on the table like a mad gorilla, he stood up. 

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Thu
25
Feb

"Reliving memories, enjoying silence with a friend" by: Jessica Shepard

   Earlier Tuesday morning, I had something brilliant and witty half-written.
   But, the muse left me and since then I have struggled to form some semblance of something spectacular.
   This usually happens when I’m doing something arts and crafty. 
   Not on production day.
   Still, as the afternoon has worn into evening, I’m grasping at straws.
   And I have to be completely honest, I’m lost.
   It only serves to remind me about a night spent on Matagorda County’s back roads to reconnect with a friend I haven’t been with for a few years.

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Thu
25
Feb

"Welcoming some upside relief" by: John Sample

   Last week brought some welcome upside relief to the equities markets, sending the various indexed climbing a little over 3 percent on average. I would point out that the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock-index hit a bottom on Feb. 11 along with crude oil prices.  
   The market moved up as energy prices rose over $30 per barrel for West Texas Crude. Coincidentally, the Sovereign Wealth funds stopped raising capital by selling.  
   All of this is no indicator that the recent trouble is behind us. One only has to watch what is happening in Europe.  
   The United Kingdom is going to vote on its future participation in the European Union. Its exit could seriously destabilize an already fragile environment. 
   Back home, the Federal Reserve is witnessing rising rates of inflation even with low energy pricing. 
   Moreover, there is a trend in rising wages. 

Thu
25
Feb

Head runs for mayor

   I’m Bobby Head and I’m running for mayor of Bay City. 
   I grew up here and graduated from high school here and Blackcat blood runs through my veins.  
   This is where I’ve learned that what matters is not your name, but what you get done.  
   It’s where I’ve learned that you get more done when you work with people than when you fight with them. 
   It is also where I’ve learned that you have to be prepared to take on tough fights and that making a real difference in people’s lives is what matters most. 
   I have experience where it counts - right here in my hometown. 
   I am proud of my accomplishments and I am not done yet.  
   As mayor, I will offer new ideas for our ever-changing city. 
   The quality of life in our town must match the quality of our citizens.  
   As mayor, I will tackle the gridlock and pot-holes on our streets, the obsolete sidewalks and inadequate infrastructure. 

Thu
25
Feb

"Praying to God is about talking to the one who loves you" by: Caleb Gibson

   Does God hear silent prayers? I remember a couple years ago talking to a friend of mine who said that, “God only hears prayers spoken out loud.”  
   This question bothered me because there are many moments in life when we do not have the chance to speak out loud. 
   What is so amazing is how God revealed this question of mine through the story of Hannah.  

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Thu
25
Feb

"Purpose of life isn’t personal gain, it’s Jesus" by: Betsy Monico

   My oldest daughter said something this week that was very simple, yet profound. It was about my nephew.  
   He hangs out with us a lot; consequently, he is often witness to the good, bad, ordinary and extraordinary things that go on here in our “big room.” 
   I call it the “big room” because we do not have a separate kitchen, dining, or living room. We have one large and open room that 99 percent of life around here takes place in. 
   My nephew, perched up on a barstool, heard me ground a kid, praise a kid, order one around and heaven only knows what else all while his popcorn popped in the microwave. 
   Banner made the comment, “Wow, Bragg is just in everything here.”   

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Thu
18
Feb

"2016 elections may notice the elephants" by: Mike Reddell

   This election year is shaping up as a real crowd pleaser – pleasing is in the eye of the beholder family - and one that’s sure to boost local Pepto-Bismol sales.
   These May 7 Bay City city and school board races and the big dog, the November 7, 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, are front and center. 
   Frustration, fear, angry and - in the most fruitless category of all time – the inability to see the big picture. The topics are resolute and inviolate at all levels.
   A quick disclaimer, if you looking for endorsements at this premature date, I would look elsewhere on this page for better entertainment.

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Thu
18
Feb

"Brother gets new wheels" by: Jessica Shepard

   So, my brother finally got a new set of wheels.
   And by new, I mean technically used.
   But – they are new to him and that’s all that matters.
   Plus, he’s paying the note and insurance on said ride.
   The only thing I find hilarious is the color.
   Some pearlized pale blue.
   It kind of looks like a Smurf that’s been dipped in mica powder.
   Now, that’s an image on its own, but for a car?

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