Columns/Opinions

Thu
02
Apr

"Jesus got up from the grave: We need to get up" by: Betsy Monico

   Easter is upon us. 
   Sunday was Palm Sunday so I took a few minutes that morning to open my Bible to John 18 and read all the way to the empty tomb before anyone else was up and stirring.  
   I am learning to capture the quiet moments in my day and make the most of them.  
   I carried the story in my heart all day! I thought about the cross and what it means to me. 
   I shared my thoughts with the kids at church today. I attempted to add some fun hand motions to my Easter summary.  
   I laid my arm flat horizontally and said, “Jesus died on the cross for our sins.” I raised my arm up vertically and said that he rose from the grave. 
Thu
26
Mar

"Computer misery drops letter name" by: Mike Reddell

 I dropped the ball with readers and with councilman Steven Johnson when his letter to the editor ran in last week’s (March 19) Sentinel without his name. 
   A cardinal rule in newspapers – for most anyway – is for all letters to the editor to be signed. More on that later on in this column.
   Second, and perhaps more importantly to Bay City readers, people wanted to know which council member wrote the letter, since it obviously was from one of them.
   Steven’s name was attached to that letter that explained how council may cajole, plead and otherwise demand that public works problems – potholes in particular – be fixed in the city, but the mayor and his staff ultimately are responsible for getting the work done.
Thu
26
Mar

"The sounds of clucking" by: Jessica shepard

There are very few things my mom will brave torrential rain for; apparently, baby chicks is one of them.
   I was unprepared for the chorus of chirps that awaited me while I was eating breakfast last Saturday.
   Mom and Mike were crowded around the little cardboard box while trying to keep the dogs from turning the new additions to our family into chicken nuggets.
   A grand total of 24 chicks took up roost in our office/craft room.

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Thu
26
Mar

"Sometimes accept your take on value" by John Sample

   I come to you this week in a sad state of disrepair. I left last Thursday morning to visit a cousin of mine in ill health in Denver. 
   Given the last-second nature of the trip I had to drive. It is a short 15-hour drive to Denver. My cousin and I had great visits over the next three days. 
Thu
26
Mar

Letter to the editor: "Someone please step up" by: Earl Garnett, Bay City

Dear editor,
  I think I’m getting soft…I should have fired this letter off months ago when I was initially getting concerned about the front alignment on my truck. 
   The potholes were just deep enough to slap my teeth together, but I decided it probably would not be long before the planning conducted by our “city fathers” would result in positive action.  
   As they described it, ‘while repairs were being accomplished on some or our streets, rebuilding and repaving would finally be underway on others.’  

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Thu
26
Mar

"Learn to see how God is in all of the aspects of life" by Rosario Resendez

   Last week I wrote about taking time and listening to God.  
   Calming ourselves down long enough to be silent and listen is really hard for us to do.  
   I know, I struggle with this a lot myself.  
   I do believe that we were given two ears and one mouth for a reason.  
   Like the saying goes, it was so that we can listen twice as much as we talk.  

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Thu
26
Mar

"Make time to be still, search for calm in Jesus" by Betsy Monico

   This was the week of the year that I stepped over an invisible line that is unseen to the human eye but real to me. 
   I crossed over it with both joy and a bit of anxiety. The line is spring.  
   I do not mean spring like the official day, flowerbeds and warmer nights. I mean spring like the time of year when my family gets busy. 
Thu
19
Mar

"Sports editor leaves sports, long friendship behind" by Mike Reddell

 Sentinel readers will notice that our sports coverage in this edition is awfully thin. 
   That’s because our now-former Sports Editor L. Scott Hainline jumped ship Monday afternoon – before Tuesday’s production day. 
   Like a lot of sudden departures this one came out of the blue for me. 
   As late as Monday noon, I was under the delusion​ we would have coverage of the wide world of Matagorda County spring sports for this week’s edition. 

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Thu
19
Mar

"Allergies, sinuses: Devil is in the glitter" by Jessica Shepard

   Is anyone else out there suffering from allergies or sinus problems as of late?  
   All of this lovely warm and moist weather seems to have made the grass, weeds, trees and flowers stand up taller. 
   And, therefore, spread their evil little pollen spores with every breeze and gust of wind. 
Thu
19
Mar

"Go for firms growing earnings" by John Sample

 I know spring is just around the corner and the red buds are blooming, but I have to admit that last week was no fun as an investor.  
 I say that even though I am most engaged and interested when the markets are down as they provide value. Last week though was really about volatility and not about direction or reason.

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