Columns/Opinions

Fri
26
Aug

Texan diagnosed with Zika illness after returning from trip

By Ed Sterling

A Texas resident who recently traveled to Miami, Florida, has tested positive for Zika virus disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported on Aug. 15. The traveler, an El Paso County resident, sought testing after becoming ill. This is the first Texas case to be linked to travel within the continental United States. The case will be classified as “travel-associated” and is being investigated for more details, the DSHS said.

 

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Fri
26
Aug

Graffiti needs to stop

By Kent Brunette

As the old school that touched several major streets (Calvert, Anderson, Cypress, Wheelock, Post Oak, and Cedar) was being torn down, local residents and former students were horrified to see that the old building had been vandalized. Windows were knocked out and boarded up. Fire extinguishers had been sprayed. Graffiti was spray-painted both inside and out. Syringes and condoms were scattered on the ground.

 

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Mon
22
Aug

Tale of Two Cities

By Kent Brunette

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

 

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Mon
22
Aug

Court relaxes Texas voter ID law in time for fall election

By Ed Sterling

Voters will have more options when presenting personal identification at the polls for the November 8 general election, Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos announced last week. Pursuant to an Aug. 10 federal court order, Cascos said, if a voter is not able to obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID, the voter may vote by: (1) signing a declaration at the polls explaining why the voter is unable to obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID; and (2) providing one of various forms of supporting documentation.

 

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Fri
12
Aug

EDC/Chamber Update

By Kent Brunette

 

Allen Samuels at 4556 TX 6 between Hearne and Bryan is now hiring sales and service personnel. Immediate positions are available. Stop by to apply. Truss Works/Panel Truss are also now hiring at 407 W. Sixth Street in Hearne. Skyrider is running fiber optic cables underneath the railroad to provide lightning fast internet service to these companies.

 

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Fri
12
Aug

Parties to campus-carry lawsuit to return to court

By Ed Sterling

 

Three University of Texas professors are seeking a temporary injunction “to at least retain the option of maintaining their academic classrooms as gun-free zones when classes start again.” In a motion filed in connection with a federal lawsuit filed July 6, the professors are asking the court to bar enforcement of the law when the UT fall semester begins Aug. 24. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a brief in opposition. 

 

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Fri
05
Aug

State rolls out revised women’s health program

By Ed Sterling

A women’s health program is in effect and ready to deliver more care to more women statewide who are 15 to 44 years old and whose income is up to 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines. Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Charles Smith, in a joint announcement on July 25, said they expect the “new and improved” Healthy Texas Women program to serve some 300,000 women, while earlier programs served 270,000 women. Participation for minors will require parental consent.

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Fri
05
Aug

Hearne keeps moving forward

By Kent Brunette

Despite Hearne’s ongoing negative publicity, the town continues to move forward. Local sales tax allocations are on target to top $1 million again this year for the third year in a row! Recent economic developments stretch from the DPS CDL office on FM 485, along TX 6 from AMA’s to the ethanol mixing farms south of town. Allen Samuels is bringing years of vehicle sales and service experience to the former Derek Scott’s Autopark. RV Source is going strong.

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Fri
29
Jul

Appellate court strikes down Texas voter ID law

By Ed Sterling

Texas’ voter photo identification law is racially discriminatory, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled July 20. In striking down the law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011, the Fifth Circuit said it disproportionately and negatively affects African-American and Hispanic citizens’ right to vote.

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Fri
29
Jul

Wartime censors spring hurricane “surprise” on Texas

By Bartee Haile

The most powerful hurricane to hit Galveston in more than a generation roared ashore on the morning of Jul. 27, 1943 catching island inhabitants and other Texans as far inland as Houston almost completely by surprise. With no radar, satellites or television to provide them with breaking weather news, Texans living within striking distance of Gulf storms depended upon advisories and warnings from the Weather Bureau. Government forecasters, in turn, relied upon eyewitness reports from ships at sea and observers along the coast.

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