Columns/Opinions

Fri
25
Sep

American Community Survey updates poverty statistics

By Ed Sterling

Texas’ poverty rate improved to 17.2 percent in 2014, according to U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey released Sept. 17. Embedded in that statistic is this: more than 4.5 million Texans — 1.7 million of whom are children — still live in poverty. In 2014, the poverty line for a family of three was about $19,000 per year.

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Fri
25
Sep

Walking quorums defined

By Dennis Phillips

The term is not new, nor is the idea of a walking quorum. It is a term however that recently has been tossed around Robertson County and this is a great time to define and explain the term “walking quorum.” According to the Texas Open Meetings Act — A “walking quorum” occurs when members of a governmental body meet in a series of meetings in person or via phone or other electronic communication in numbers less than a quorum to discuss public business and avoid the requirements of the Act.

Fri
18
Sep

Can Trump make America great again?

By Dennis Phillips
 
It’s hot, it’s trendy, it’s Donald Trump for President but can the Donald really make America great again? The reality TV star billionaire has gained so much momentum that the question of greatness is becoming an assumption. “He speaks his mind, I’m voting for him,” said a close friend of mine. “It’s already a circus, we should elect a cool ring leader,” said another. This worries me, a lot.
 
Fri
18
Sep

Improvements cause inconvenience

By Kent Brunette

 

Fri
11
Sep

Time travels in Hearne?

By Kent Brunette

Fri
11
Sep

Abbott orders flags to half-staff to honor slain officer

By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott ordered Texas flags across the state be lowered to halfstaff in honor of slain Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth on Sept. 4. Abbott also asked that law enforcement officers turn on their patrol vehicles’ red and blue flashing lights for one minute at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, the start time for Deputy Goforth’s funeral.
 
Fri
04
Sep

Tenant does not have to immediately move after foreclosure

By Ed Sterling

Q. I rent a small house. I have made all my payments on time; my lease has one more year until it ends. My landlord told me the house was being foreclosed this month and I will have to move. This doesn’t seem fair. How soon do I have to leave? A. A foreclosure terminates your relationship with your landlord pursuant to the laws of the state of Texas. This means that your lease is terminated at the time of foreclosure. [The only exception is Section 8 leases, which may remain in force.]

Fri
04
Sep

Attorney General Paxton pleads not guilty to charges

By Ed Sterling

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Aug. 27 entered a plea of not guilty on felony charges of securities fraud at his arraignment in Fort Worth. Tarrant County 396th State District Court Judge George Gallagher gave Paxton until Sept. 30 to answer to the charges. Paxton is accused of encouraging two individuals to buy stock in Severgy, a Collin County-based technology firm, and being compensated for his actions without being registered as an investment advisor in accordance with Security and Exchange Commission regulations. 

Fri
28
Aug

It’s nice to get good service from a local business

By Dennis Phillips
Sometime we need to step back and praise a local business. This week I had an amazing experience at a local business and I want to share it with you. It’s no surprise that I shop at the Ace Hardware, Service Center and CarQuest pretty regularly. Most know me well enough to know that if you do business  with us, we do business with you. 
Fri
28
Aug

Energy agency chief rails against federal plan

By Ed Sterling
Texas Railroad Commission Chair David Porter on Aug. 19 spoke against America’s Clean Power Plan, a regulatory framework rolled out by the White House on Aug. 3. Texas is one of at least a dozen states lining up in opposition. Porter called the plan “another blatant attack on the oil and gas industry that will further impede America’s energy security, kill jobs and put even more stress on our national and state economies.” Porter was elected chair of the three-member commission that oversees the energy industry regulating state agency in June 2014.

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