Columns/Opinions

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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Thu
18
Feb

"Low oil prices allow consumers to do more" by: John Sample

   In a holiday shortened week there are vested interests in finding a silver lining. 
   Some have pointed to an agreement between Saudi Arabia and Russia to maintain production levels. Given that we are over 1 million barrels a day above what is demanded, I see no solace in that news blurb. You pare that with an ever increasing reality of bankruptcies in the energy sector and there is little to cheer. 
   Oil prices have temporarily slowed the move to $20 for West Texas Intermediate Crude but we have seen that head fake many times before.
   As investors continue to seek higher returns than offered by banks and mutual funds, reality is really starting to take a bite out of their efforts. 

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Thu
18
Feb

"Learning to accept the little disappoints in life" by: Sister Maria del Rosario Resendez

   Last week I went to McDonalds in Port Lavaca after my dentist appointment and I couldn’t believe how long I had to wait in line. 
   I was there for twenty minutes at a fast food restaurant that prides itself to be one if not the quickest food chain in the world. 
   Twenty minutes waiting for fries, cookies and a bottle water - talk about a first world problem. 
   A couple of weeks ago the heater broke at the convent. 
   I’m a hot natured person so by the time I’m cold everyone else is frozen so I wasn’t at all bothered by the heater not working. 
   Besides I don’t think we are actually having a winter this year but then again that is my opinion on the weather. 
   I sleep on the third floor of the convent and one of my neighbors was openly complaining about how cold she thought it was in the house. 
   So cold she stated that she found it hard to do anything. 

Thu
18
Feb

"Jesus is the most importamt relationship you can have" by: Betsy Monico

  Love is in the air. It literally blew in a few weeks ago at the elementary school.  
  In the library, we started reading our Valentine’s books and began sneaking around the school leaving love notes. 
  The kids loved the fact that they got to leave a surprise that would make someone’s day! We decorated doors and danced to “Stop in the name of Love.” 
  I pushed a pink cart carrying all of the treats and felt like I was the conductor of the love train or a severely off-task flight attendant. 
  I wrapped up the week sharing with the Jr. High FCA group Friday morning. Valentine’s Day came to mind again with them. 
  The good Lord only knows with all of the hormones in that building that they had love on their minds. 
  I confessed and told the group that one time in high school I sent myself flowers. 

Thu
18
Feb

"Choose life, choose Jesus" by: Caleb Gibson

   Bumper stickers, they are easy to put on but hard to take off. 
   While I love these adhesive labels, bumper stickers are infamous with having controversial things on them.  
   One sticker that many people have talked about in the Christian circle is the, “God is My Co-Pilot” sticker.  
   Some people like them, some people do not. Others have made a reversal sticker stating, “If God is Your Co-Pilot, You Should Switch Seats.”  
   Back and forth they go, but which sticker is better? 
   One side of the table says that God should not be in the back seat, He should be leading the ship.  
   The reality is that you write your own life story. You wake up and choose which way to go. Do you want an espresso, latte, or decaf? It is all up to you. 

Thu
11
Feb

"STP’s good news extends to many" by: Mike Reddell

Great news for all of us – STP Units 3 and 4 were cleared by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to be issued two Combined Licenses (COL) it was announced Tuesday, Jan 9.
   The application for the licenses was filed September 2007, and the approval came nearly nine years later.
   STP is the county’s largest employer and its record as a corporate citizen has been impressive.
   There have been hiccups in this eight-plus-year process – the Japanese tsunami in 2011 had a worldwide impact, including for STP and Matagorda County.
   We’ve all moved past that and now STP will boost its already considerable part of the Texas energy grid, ERCOT, at a time when energy strategies are changing.

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