Columns/Opinions

Thu
19
Apr

"Once again, the lesson: Earnings will take precedence over concerns" by: John Sample

 A new week and with all the concerns rising daily, the equities indexes such as Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock-index climbed into positive territory for 2018. 
   The only real reason is greater-than-expected earnings reports coming out daily. For all those concerned over the volatility in the equities markets, Goldman Sachs reported some the highest trading earnings in nearly three years. Just shows you, yet again, that one problem can be a rich reward for another party. 
   Netflix reported a substantial gain in subscriptions. The cord cutting continues at an accelerating pace. 
   This is a reminder that much can distract your attention from the prize. Earnings will always drive the direction in equities. 

Thu
19
Apr

Keep your investment ecosystem healthy

   April 22 is Earth Day, when we celebrate the importance of our environment.
   As an investor, what lessons can you learn from this special day?
   Earth Day events educate us on how we can help keep toxins out of our land, air and water.
   And when you invest, you need to avoid “toxic” moves, such as chasing supposedly hot stocks – which may be all wrong for your needs.
   Also, you can follow the Earth Day mantra of “reduce, reuse and recycle” by sticking with your investments for the long term. If you’re constantly buying and selling investments, you may end up just wasting time, money and effort.
   Finally, just as Earth Day encourages us to be conscientious consumers by doing things such as buying locally, you can become a more socially conscious investor by investing in companies that behave in a way you think benefits society.
   Keep in mind, though, that these stocks, like all stocks, are subject to market risk.

Thu
19
Apr

"Peter’s message: When we’re aware of God’s forgiveness, we will love a holy life" by: Caleb Gibson

   Colossians 2:13 tells us, “When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,” This forgiveness is something that we have. Because of the cross, God is able to righteously forgive and cleanse us of our sins. 
   The ball is now in our court. Do you receive what he has done? The gospel is about faith through grace. God is not withholding forgiveness from us until we do enough good deeds. It is a gift of grace. When we believe in God, He saves us and we are forgiven.
   What causes us to live a holy life? Some think that if we preach that we have been completely forgiven, people will live an ungodly lifestyle. So the enemy has these false fences around the gospel of Grace to scare people away. The truth is that when you know you have been forgiven, you will live godly. 

Thu
19
Apr

"We may be confused by world, but we never doubt God’s love" by: Betsy Monico

   This is an article from a few years ago.  It is fitting still today, because soon my oldest will graduate from high school. Our daily morning routine for years is explained here.  
   We were traveling down our usual route this week on 488 when my youngest child, Blaise, did something she is notorious for in our family. She often slightly mixes up her words and thoughts.
   I have coined a new word in her honor. I now call her mixed up sayings a “Blaiseism.” Her previous “Blaiseisms” include her exclaiming with her hands on her hips that something annoying to her was her “PET PEE.” She also informed us all at the dinner table recently that her grandfather was going to get “Coca-Cola” cancer if he was not careful.  She had heard us say colon cancer I guess and in her defense, “pet pee” is really close to pet peeve. 

Thu
19
Apr

"Reel Reviews: ‘Truth or Dare’ takes viewers on horror ride of old game" by: Jessica Shepard

   Almost everyone has played a few rounds of “Truth or Dare” in high school or college.
   Sometimes those rounds also featured alcohol and embarrassing confessions or dares.
   But the last time I played the game, I don’t recall the game trying to kill me or my friends.
   Truth or Dare is a supernatural horror film directed by Jeff Wadlow and written by Michael Reisz, Jillian Jacobs, Chris Roach and Wadlow.
   The movie stars Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Hayden Szeto, Sophia Ali, Nolan Funk, and Landon Liboiron.
   Olivia Barron (Hale), her best friend Markie Cameron (Beane), Markie’s boyfriend Lucas Moreno (Posey), along with Penelope Amari (Ali) and her boyfriend Tyson Curran (Funk), and Brad Chang (Szeto) go on a trip to Rosarito, Mexico.
   In Mexico, Olivia runs into fellow student Ronnie (Sam Lerner) who proceeds to harass her until a man seated alone at the bar intervenes on her behalf. 

Thu
19
Apr

"Agriculture news: High winds harming young cotton plants" By James E. Engbrock County Extension Agent Emeritus Matagorda County

Agricultural Situation
   Cool windy weather plagued most of our crops as well as gardens during the past week. About 3 1/10th of an inch of rain was received over a majority of the county this past weekend. Our young cotton plants were attacked by the high winds blowing from the south and then from the north. 
   This created sand blasting in some fields. Several producers cultivated to slow the sand blasting of the plants. Then the wind turned from the north and continued at a high velocity. 
   The cool temperatures of the high 40’s to low 50’s effected the growth of the plant. As a consequence most of our cotton plants do not look good at this time. Warm, sunny weather is needed. These problems have created some replanting of some of our fields throughout the county. 

Fri
13
Apr

"Why put public tourism group behind closed doors?" by: Mike Reddell

   When the Matagorda County CVB was removed from the Bay City Chamber of Commerce late last year I expected a proactive and transparent rollout when the hotel tax-funded group was placed under City Hall direction. 
   Now the CVB and its voting board has been replaced by the Bay City Tourism Council (BCTC) with members who have non-voting, advisory roles. 
   When CVB met, its meetings were open to the public. 
   Now that the main tourism promotion group for the whole county is at City Hall, officials there and tourism manager Heidi Martinez decided the tourism council doesn’t fall under Texas Open Meeting Act (TOMA) rules. 
   That means the meetings don’t have to be posted and they are closed to the public. 
   The tourism council’s advertisements and promotions for Bay City and the county will be primarily funded by the city-imposed hotel occupancy tax. 

Fri
13
Apr

"Memories of shelter from rainy-day thunderstorms" by: Jessica Shepard

   It seems like I got my wish last week: rain and a slight cold front. 
   At the very least it’s helped with my allergies and I don’t have to wash green pollen off my windshield before going to work every morning. 
   It also means I can enjoy not having any air conditioning in my car and roll the windows down. 
   Well, not during rain, but the others times. 
   I’ve always been especially fond of rain. 
   Not just for its natural benefits to plants and animals, but, because if it storms late at night, I usually get better sleep. 
   Now, that wasn’t true when I was a child. 
   Growing up, whenever there was a severe thunderstorm or rainstorm, my siblings and I were always scared. 
   And being scared so easily led to us going to hide for cover and comfort in mom’s bedroom. That’s right, we took our comforters, security blankets and pillows to her room to lay on the floor. 

Fri
13
Apr

"Use your emotions for sports, not for the investments you make" by: John Sample

   I thought I should take the time to explain last week’s column a bit further. I did stipulate that we had nowhere to go but up.  
   I meant that in the long term sense, as you are aware that last week the Dow dropped 170 points. My method of investing is always geared toward the long term.  
   That would make the end of this year short for me.  
   There will be all sorts of movements up and down. Of late, we see triple-digit moves up and down within the same trading day.  
   It seems to me that the earnings reports for many large capitalized companies will be higher than expected, driving the equity indexes higher in general. 
   That is not to say that daily, it seems, news out of Washington D.C. puts a shadow over the financial markets. I am glad that the news cycle has dropped to less than 10 seconds.  

Fri
13
Apr

Strategies for your investment ‘Garden’

   If you’re a gardener, your busy season is here, as April has been designated National Garden Month. 
    And some gardening skills could be transferred to other areas of your life – such as investing. 
   For example, gardeners look for thick stems, which indicate healthy plants. 
   As an investor, you, too, need to look for signs of health in your investments. 
   When considering stocks, look for companies with solid fundamentals, such as experienced management and strong earnings. 
   For bonds, choose those that receive the highest grades from rating agencies. 
   Gardeners also know not to give plants too little water, or too much. 
   When you invest, you should follow the same principle. 
   If you don’t put enough money into investments, they may not grow as much as you’d like to see.  

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