Columns/Opinions

Thu
16
Apr

"Learning to know one's self" by: Jessica Shepard

      Every once in a while, a word or phrase will inspire me or stick with me for days at a time.
   A good quote from someone or a book or movie will do in a pinch, too.
   If it’s really awesome, it sticks with me for months - maybe a year!
   The best stick around for years and quite possibly my whole life. The one I’ve held onto the longest is “Know thyself.”
   I can’t take credit for it, because it’s older than me. In fact, it’s older than anyone alive today.
   Its roots can be traced through Benjamin Franklin, William Shakespeare, Alexander Pope and Thomas Hobbs - even Psalms - and finally to ancient Greece.

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Thu
16
Apr

"There's always opinions for every side of a stock" by: John Sample

   Last week found the various indexes climbing back toward record highs in the face of continuing concerns over employment and slow growth. 
   It will be interesting to see if the run to equities will be sustained as earnings reports for the first quarter start this week. 
   I also am curious to see if oil prices maintain their value for West Texas Intermediate above $50 a barrel. It was not that long ago that many were forecasting prices below $30. As in all cases, there are opinions for every side of the equation.
   Last week also found a large conglomerate deciding that smaller was better. 
Thu
16
Apr

"Find blessings in bad days (weeks) by trusting God" by: Rosario Resendez

   Talk about having a bad week.  
   This past week for me was the mother of all bad weeks! 
   Monday, on the way back to Victoria, I was crossing an overpass beside an 18-wheeler.
   The tractor-trailer rig driver thought that maybe it was too close to the edge so he decided to move over to my side.  
   There was no shoulder on that overpass so there was nowhere that I could go.  
   I had to honk my horn several times so the big rig could realize to move over. I really felt like I saw my life flash before my eyes - I knew there was no way I would have survived that accident. 

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Thu
16
Apr

"Like pulling weeds, you have to grab sin by its roots" by: Betsey Monico

   I spent some much needed time in my flowerbeds this weekend.  
   It is a pretty big event because I only clean them out a few times a year. 
   I have a wonderful collection of perennials that just come right back and do their thing.  
   When the weeds around them disappear and they are mulched, the rose bushes and native Texas plants I have pop! 
   I had a few helpers come out to lend me a hand. I allow the kids to carry my pulled weeks out into the pasture and bring me back my clean bucket.  
   I also love it when they get my handheld twister tool out and put it to work.  
   My husband is a gadget man and thought I had to have it last summer.  
   I wondered if it would be a deal or dud. It falls into the “deal” category because it works like a small tiller.  
Thu
09
Apr

"There's another side to tax cuts" by: Mike Reddell

   I certainly don’t claim to understand what the Texas Legislature does or even our state government.
   But I sure do writhe at what comes out of Austin nowadays and so should other Matagorda County and Texas voters.
   Cutting taxes apparently is the primary goal of this legislative session and let me be clear that I believe addressing education, transportation and water needs should be the top priorities.
Thu
09
Apr

"Some old companies deserve new looks" By: John Sample

We closed out the first quarter last week and the various indexes ended just about where they began the year.  
   It was one of the first quarters in nearly three years not to be positive.  
   While we made several runs at setting new record highs, the bears won out pulling the indexes back. 
   The markets were closed Friday and it is probably a good thing as the labor reports were none too positive.  
Thu
09
Apr

"Procrastination prohibits us from helping others" by: Rosario Resendez

   I am such a procrastinator.  
   It’s the truth, I will admit it, better to get that skeleton out of my closet now. 
   According to my personality type which is a peaceful melancholy, I procrastinate on a lot of things because I really don’t want to do them.  
   In the end I’m hoping that if I procrastinate enough, either someone else will do it or it won’t have to be done anymore. 
   I think this is true, because when it comes to something I really don’t want to do, I push it off for the longest time.  

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Thu
09
Apr

"Jesus' 'It is finished' powerful words for many issues" by: Betsey Monico

  Yesterday I found myself stumbling through Walmart looking for a few more items on my list to get us ready for Easter. 
  My husband has taken over meal planning, grocery shopping, and cooking; therefore,my list was only made up of toiletries and a few fun items. 
  He had already shopped and was smoking us an Easter brisket when I went out on my adventure.
Thu
02
Apr

"A last-minute note about procrastination" By: Jessica Shepard

   I’m not going to lie about this, I have a problem with procrastination.
   There, I said it.
   It isn’t laziness, really—despite what my mom says.
   I think it tends to manifest out of my own personal hierarchy of important things, desire to do that certain thing and my muse.
   Sleep is always No. 1 on my little pyramid.

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Thu
02
Apr

"Equities pullback like repeat of recent events" by: John Sample

   Last week’s pullback across the board in equities seemed to be a repeat of recent events. 
   We have made a couple of attempts to set new highs in various indexes like the Dow, NASDAQ and S&P 500 stock index only to have a 3 to 4 percent pullback. 
   While this is cause for concern, it is not a correction. I mention this as we have not had a real correction of over 10 percent in the last six years.
   That does not mean that it is inevitable, but it is a long time. 

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