Columns/Opinions

Thu
20
Feb

Flushing Technology

It seems that technology has in fact penetrated every aspect of human exsistence. We carry our cell phones everywhere we go, our ipads and eReaders are hand in hand with everyday functionality. Until recently, I was blissful in my thinking that the restroom, both public and at home was still a sanctuary from technology. Let’s face it, not much to do in a bathroom except for, of course, what a bathroom is intended. Like I said, ignorance was bliss.

Thu
06
Feb

America the Beautiful

While the Super Bowl may have been a blowout and as entertaining as watching moss grow on a rock, the over-priced prime-time commercials can be entertaining. You have your favorites and then you have your favorite flops, so I think I will start with the flops.
Top of my FAILed commercial list for the Super Bowl ads, Coke with their multi-language version of American The Beautiful. The commercial opens in English, but quickly changes to Spanish, then on to another language and so on throughout the entire song.
America is a melting pot; this is unquestioned. I get what they are trying to accomplish, I just think they failed to get the message across. Instead Coke offered a confused commercial that left viewers asking, “what was that.”

Thu
30
Jan

Everywhere you look is another sign

Politically speaking, signs seem to pop up everywhere. Candidates flock to area sign businesses and work very hard at getting those signs in the right locations.
Over the years, I have been asked to display these signs at the newspaper office and I have always stayed out of the sign game, but I think I will change my tune.
I’m offering all you political candidates the opportunity to display your sign in our windows. That’s right, you can take advantage of our huge windows located at 3rd and Magnolia Street in downtown Hearne, right across the street from Ace Hardware.
Why? I want to help out and more importantly; I want the newspaper to help. It has occurred to me that these folks running for office are more than just political hopefuls; they are our neighbors and friends. I believe that everyone running for office has the best interest of this county at heart.

Thu
16
Jan

Public records not always intack

In last week’s article I wrote of Danny Tarver who is running for public office. Tarver was arrested for Theft of Services, a Class B Misdemeanor that later was plead to a Class C Misdemeanor. What was missing from his public records is the fact that the Class C was eventually dismissed.
Tarver came to my office this week with claims of the dismissal, and in truth, I like most reporters go on court records as fact, and the fact is, the court records showed the conviction for a Class C Theft.
The missing court record, the dismissal record, was lost in the system and never posted to a website, or updated to Tarver’s file. Tarver spent most of the day on Wednesday, before press time at the Brazos County Courthouse searching for his dismissal. Clerks in that office could not find it and in fact sent him to other places, but to no avail. Tarver himself was just about convinced that the record did not exist, but then chance would step in and a wrong could be undone.

Fri
10
Jan

Public office means public trust

Call me hopeful, but I believe that if a person is going to run for public office, no matter the office they should be considered pillars of a community. A person with ethics, of moral value and the foresight to understand that if you have a criminal record you should not throw your hat into the public office ring.
Before I get to the meat of this article, I ask you, as a resident of Robertson County and a citizen of the United States, are you willing to vote for a person if they have a criminal record?
I can only answer no. I believe that if a person has a criminal record they cannot serve the public trust. A convicted person, I do not believe, has the moral fiber that I require to be in office. I do not believe a criminal of any status has the ability to serve my family, my friends, and the residents of the county, state and country where I live.

Thu
02
Jan

New year filled with resolutions

Are you one of those folks that make a New Year resolution, only to break it a few weeks later. That’s me in a nutshell. I cannot tell you how many times I have failed my New Year resolution. I just seem to get busy and forget to get it done.
As each new year passes, I would like to think my conviction to a New Year Resolution is stronger than previous years, but still the results are the same. Not this year!
I think I have found a New Year’s resolution, well project really, that I can accomplish. It is called the 52-week savings plan. This takes all year to accomplish, but once you do, the payoff is nice.
Here’s what you do.
1. Go get a jar and put a lid on it.
2. For the first week, put in $1
3. For the second week put in $2
4. For the third week, put in $3
… and so on.

Thu
26
Dec

What the Duck?

I bet you think this week’s column is going to be about Duck Dynasty, the A&E reality show that in recent days has undergone a public outpouring of support due to one of the main characters outspoken behavior. If you don’t know about this story then you are either living in a cave or like me, just don’t care. What I do care about is freedom of religion and freedom of speech.
Let me fill you in. Phil Robertson, a hunter, family man and the entrepreneur behind the brand Duck Commander gave an interview to GQ Magazine. Duck Commander is a license brand of hunting gear, everything from duck calls to camouflage wear. Long before the television network A&E brought the Robinson family in to the national spotlight, Phil and his family were doing quite well with their product sales.

Fri
20
Dec

Nation mourns loss of Country Music legend

The country music nation lost an icon this week, and I lost an influence. Ray Price, 87, succumbed to pancreatic cancer and passed away on Monday according to his agent in Nashville.
On November 6, 2012, Ray Price confirmed that he was fighting pancreatic cancer. Price told the San Antonio Express-News that he had been receiving chemotherapy for the past six months. An alternative to the chemo would have been surgery that involved removing the pancreas along with portions of the stomach and liver, which would have meant a long recovery and stay in a nursing home. Said Price, “That’s not very much an option for me. God knows I want to live as long as I can but I don’t want to live like that.”

Fri
06
Dec

World history up for auction

It was a racial thing, a fact that was never disputed.
In 1936, an African American set the world on fire, and upset the plans of a dictator.
Adolf Hitler, in 1936, planned to show the world the pure dominance of his superior “Aryan race.” Hosting the Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany, Hitler’s propaganda machine had begun well in advance, including loud speaker services through the streets of Germany and forced opening ceremony attendance.
Upon entry to the stadium at the beginning of the games, the Americans were the only nation not to dip the flag at the passing of the review stands. An act of defiance that echoed through the commentators of the first televised games. In that group of athletic Americans was an African American from Cleveland Ohio, his name was Jessie Owens.

Tue
26
Nov

Newspapers keep history safe

In 1963, several shots rang out through Dealey Plaza in Dallas that shocked the nation and for my parents, stopped time. There have been too many of these moments in history that has stopped time, 9/11, Columbine and in 1963, the assassination of the United States 35th President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Pictured is the November 28, 1963 edition of The Hearne Democrat that has been living in our vault for 50 years. November 22, 1963, the day of the assignation, was a Friday. The Hearne Democrat was a Wednesday newspaper, this was the first local newspaper after the assassination and featured on the front page is a photo of the President and Vice-President Lyndon Baines Johnson. I just thought you might like to see how your newspaper presented the news.

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