Columns/Opinions

Fri
18
Dec

Abbott backs Cruz’s filing of legislation addressing refugees

By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott was in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 8 to participate in a news conference with U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz, RTexas, who rolled out his proposed State Refugee Security Act. 

 

Fri
11
Dec

Things that make me go Hmmm…

By Dennis Phillips

I consider myself an informed person. I keep up with current events through many sources or media, both online and off. Often I find myself shaking my head in disbelief as well as amazed by humanity both good and bad. Currently there is so much I feel overwhelmed by the world around me that I just want to close the front door to my house, shut down the computer, turn off the TV and read a book to escape the bombardment.

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Fri
11
Dec

Paxton amends approach to resettlement of refugees

By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Dec. 4 withdrew his request for a temporary restraining order to put a hold on the federal government’s plan to relocate Syrian refugee families in Texas. Paxton, as the state’s chief law enforcement officer, initiated the court action on behalf of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the state agency potentially most involved with the resettlement process.

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Fri
04
Dec

Bloody murder in a small-town bank

By Bartee Haile

On their third ballot of the busy morning of Dec. 2, 1916, the Waco jurors unanimously agreed on what to do with the small-town banker with the blood of a state official on his hands. For years T.R. Watson and two of his sons, Ed the vice-president and W.R. the cashier, had run the Farmers & Merchants State Bank in Teague like their own private piggy bank. 

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Fri
04
Dec

15 disaster-stricken counties to receive federal aid

By Ed Sterling

President Barack Obama on Nov. 25 ordered federal disaster aid to supplement Texas state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during the period of Oct. 22-31.

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Thu
26
Nov

Let’s rock Black Friday.... locally

By Dennis Phillips

Every year, just before Black Friday, I make a point of telling everyone to “Shop Locally.” As publisher of the local newspapers, it is more than my job; it is a way of life for me.  

Thu
26
Nov

Governor communicates stance on refugees to White House

By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Nov. 16 wrote a letter to the White House, informing President Obama “the State of Texas will not accept any refugees from Syria in the wake of the deadly terrorist attack in Paris.” 

Fri
20
Nov

Will there be a new Interstate 14 through Hearne?

By Kent Brunette

“They have been talking about that for years,” was the common comment about last week’s news media reports about a possible new Interstate 14 through this area. The transportation bill pending in the U.S. Congress contains a provision that would fund the billions of dollars needed for such a highway. Transportation bills in the past have also contained similar provisions. 

 

Fri
20
Nov

5th Circuit rules immigration policy unconstitutional

By Ed Sterling

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Nov. 9 affirmed a Brownsville federal district judge’s Feb. 15, 2015, order forbidding the Obama administration’s implementation of DAPA, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Residents Program.

 

Fri
13
Nov

Governor conditions issuance of state grants on compliance with ICE

By Ed Sterling; TPA

Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas sheriffs won’t receive grant funds from his Criminal Justice Division unless they comply with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement notification and detention requests.

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