Columns/Opinions

Thu
19
Mar

"We must be listeners, so we can hear the Lord speaking" by: Rosario Resendez

  Have you ever had something you really wanted to talk to someone about and the conversation went something like this:
   You: Today has just not been my day. It…. 
   Friend: I know what you mean! It just one thing after the other. I have no free time, I have so much to do… blah blah blah… 
   So what do you do? You go find someone else to talk to. 

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Thu
19
Mar

"God forgives, no matter how many times we fall" by: Betsey Monico

   It is currently a sad night around here. My Jack Russell is sleeping outside. 
   I had to bring my laptop back to my bed to sneak away from him at the widow.  
   I am hiding out in the dark because if he sees me, he will whine. 
   He is outdoors for a reason.  He cannot seem to stay away from skunks.  
Thu
12
Mar

"Facebook politics, great for backers, not dissenters" by Mike Reddell

   The ancient physicians’ creed that they should do no harm should apply to elected officials. Right?  
   OK, OK, that was meant as humor because in politics - harm is in the eye of the beholder or wielder.  
   Sunday, a Facebook post – you already know this probably won’t end well – was aimed at an incumbent Bay City council member running for re-election.   
   The post from a public figure said that the 2013 charter revision that voters approved called for term limits – three for council and the same for the mayor - and the city council member already served three terms and was seeking a fourth term.  

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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.

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