Columns/Opinions

Fri
20
Feb

Dear ISIL, I’ve had enough

We do not create terrorism by fighting the terrorists. We invite terrorism by ignoring them. — GEORGE W. BUSH, speech, Dec. 18, 2005 ISIL continues to keep  the heads of state scratching for an answer. What will it take to bring these beheadings
and killings to an end? What is it that will find a peace for a territory that hasbeen at war just about as long as it has been in existence?
 
Fri
13
Feb

Senate panel hears testimony on funding needs

By Ed Sterling

Last week, the Senate Finance Committee began groundwork for its budgetwriting duties with public hearings on four consecutive days. Led by Chairwoman Jane Nelson, R-Grapevine, the 15-member panel heard testimony from the offices of the governor, comptroller and attorney general. Input also was received on state pension funds, courts and payments on state debt. Currently, the budget is an estimated $4.5 billion for all of those “general government” functions and an increase of $200 million has been proposed for 2016-2017.

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Fri
13
Feb

William’s what were you thinking?

By Dennis Phillips

A staple in the American society is the news anchor. Think back to the inception of television news broadcast and the name that should come to mind is Texan Walter Cronkite. Cronkite was the anchorman for the CBS evening news for 19 years, but at a pivotal time in American history, 1962-1981. Cronkite was well known as “the most trusted man in America,” covering national events that included the moonwalk, Watergate, Vietnam War, the assassinations of president John F. Kennedy, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King and Beatles musician John Lennon.

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Fri
06
Feb

Budget-writing process begins in Senate committee

On Jan. 28 the main work of the Texas Legislature started when the state budget-writing Senate Finance Committee met at the Capitol. Financial figures for the committee to use as a guide come from the 10-member Legislative Budget Board,
a permanent joint committee of the House and Senate that develops budget and policy recommendations for appropriations completes fiscal analyses for proposed legislation and conducts evaluations and reviews to improve the efficiency and performance of state and local operations
 
Fri
06
Feb

Chris Kyle embodies America and Texas

It is the stuff that makes a good movie. A secret life that can intrigue viewers; the though of a glimpse into the covered life of an American soldier, specifically an American Sniper. I have not seen the movie, not out of protest or any other such nonsense, I just have not had the time to go, but I will
 
Fri
30
Jan

Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick take office

January 20 was inauguration day for Gov. Greg Abbott, successor to Rick Perry, who completed a record-setting 14 years as governor. Abbott is the 48th governor of Texas.. 
 
Fri
30
Jan

Hang up and drive

You see the slogan everywhere, “Don’t Text And Drive.” This newspaper even makes a nice poster every year to reinforce that slogan. Really, it’s more than a slogan; it should be a law. 
 
Fri
23
Jan

More jobs for our people

By Kent Brunette
 
Creative Solutions in Health Care will soon have 80+ varying level local jobs for our people (website is CSNHC.com). Talk about convenience, once it is fully staffed, this facility will provide quality care for lots of elderly patients from Robertson and neighboring counties.
 
Fri
23
Jan

Governor Perry ends tenure with final address to lawmakers

By Ed Sterling
 
Gov. Rick Perry delivered his farewell address to a joint session of the House and Senate on Jan. 15. Before recounting various aspects of the state’s performance during his record-breaking tenure as chief executive, Perry said, “I have come here to reflect on what we have done together, and to say farewell.
 

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