Columns/Opinions

Fri
16
Jan

Proposal would put contracts under increased scrutiny

By Ed Sterling
 
Signaling his intent to promote transparency and accountability in the 84th Texas Legislature, House Speaker Joe Straus on Jan. 9 announced that in the coming weeks the House would release a budget proposal designed to strengthen oversight of state agency contracts. The Legislature convenes Jan. 13.
 

 

Fri
09
Jan

Good-paying jobs with a short commute

For jobs at Hearne’s new Crossroads Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, please send an email with your qualifications
and contact information to 5brianmartin11@ gmail.com. Hearne interviews begin early February. Successful applicants must
pass drug and criminal history checks.
 
Fri
09
Jan

Kirby Delauter vs. the Fredrick News-Post

For those that read this column on a regular basis you know I search the Internet to find interesting stuff to write about.  Sometimes I find funny stuff; sometimes it is a bit more serious. 
 
Thu
01
Jan

Going to war over a movie?

By Dennis Phillips

It seems a ridiculous notion, to go to war over a movie. But as you look into this story you can reveal layers that could set a dangerous president in US reaction to dictatorship. As most know, Sony Pictures was set to release “The Interview” on Christmas day. Computer hackers hit Sony entertainment causing millions in losses by releasing several movies onto the internet including Sony’s holiday blockbuster “Anne.” Then the release of terroristic threats against Sony and the United States if Sony released “The Interview” as scheduled. Appearing to buckle under pressure, Sony responded by announcing they would not release the film. Several movie houses stated they would not show it, but a few, independently owned box offices opened after Sony announced they would release the movie to whoever wanted to show it.

Thu
01
Jan

Texas notches big year for job creation

By Ed Sterling; TPA

2014 has been a banner year for job creation in Texas, according to government assessments. Drawing on figures calculated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas Workforce Commission on Dec. 19 reported employers added 34,800 seasonally adjusted total non-farm jobs in November, for a total of 441,200 jobs added since last year.

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Fri
26
Dec

Reporting the news; not being the news

By Dennis Phillips
 
It is an all too familiar headline, another shooter, more victims, a reflection of a different time than that of our parents and grandparents. Journalists and media members are all touched by these stories and a psychological transformation happens the longer you do the job. That transformation is a personal desensitizing to tragic events that you report about on a daily or weekly basis. A great part of this is how we report a story. Just the facts, cold, dry and too the point of the matter. Always certain to leave personal opinions or opinions that may reflect on the media out of the report. Another part is the frequency in which we tell what feels like the same story just with different names or places. I have personally covered hundreds of car accidents, some fatal, some not. I feel for every family, but a job has to be done.
 
Fri
26
Dec

State contract with tech firm prompts calls for probe

By Ed Sterling
 
State Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, on Dec. 18 requested that the special prosecution unit of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office “begin a formal and thorough investigation” into transactions between the State of Texas and 21CT, a software intelligence firm with offices here and in Vienna, Virginia. Information about the transactions came to light via an ongoing investigation and stories published by the Austin American-Statesman.
 
Fri
19
Dec

A great escape proved possible

By Dennis Phillips
 
Very little is really known about the three-man escape from America’s infamous Alcatraz Prison in 1962. More than 50 years ago, Clarence Anglin, John William Anglin and Frank Lee are believed by some to have done what prison officials from 1934 to 1962 had said was impossible; escape from Alcatraz State Penitentiary.
 
Fri
19
Dec

Panel sets $7 billion minimum for Rainy Day Fund

By Ed Sterling
 
On Dec. 11, a Senate-House joint committee empanelled to adopt a sufficient balance for the state’s “rainy day fund” approved $7 billion as the floor for it. Properly titled the Economic Stabilization Fund, the oil and gas tax-fueled pool of money was created by constitutional amendment in 1988 when oil was selling as low as $10 a barrel, causing state coffers to run thin.
 

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