Columns/Opinions

Fri
22
Jul

In support of a devotional community

By Dennis Phillips

On page 6, you will find the Robertson County News Devotional page. While many readers comment often on the pastor article, the ads on that page that form the border are really a community service that should be recognized. Each week, these advertisers pay for advertising, right at $60.00 a month. That’s it, $60.00, but what those advertisers are really paying for and contributing to, is the community, which is far more valuable.  

 

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Fri
22
Jul

Texas baby is born with Zika-related microcephaly

By Ed Sterling

The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed a Zika virus infection in a baby recently born with microcephaly in Harris County. The July 13 report is the first official confirmation of a Zika-related microcephaly case in Texas. According to the agency, the mother traveled from Latin America, where she was likely infected and the baby acquired the infection in utero. 

 

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Fri
15
Jul

Save money and the environment

By Kent Brunette

Wherever you live, during the hot summer months we all face higher utility costs simply because we are consuming more power, water, and gas. Consider these energy saving tips. While some of these can be easily and quickly accomplished, others might become part of a multi-year strategy to lower energy costs around your home or business. Hearne utility rates are coming down. While the city is working hard to lower these even further, we can help by lowering our own water, electricity, and gas consumption. I’m doing my part to lower my bills.

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Fri
15
Jul

Governor reacts to downtown Dallas ambush

By Ed Sterling

A “Black Lives Matter” protest turned tragic when a sniper fired into a crowd estimated at 1,000 people in downtown Dallas at about 9:00 p.m. on July 7. Dozens of shots were fired, reportedly from an assault rifle, leaving five police officers dead and seven police officers and two civilians wounded. Police pursued a suspect identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, a former U.S. Army reservist, and killed him in a parking garage using a robotpropelled explosive device early on July 8.

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Fri
15
Jul

The source of the information

By Dennis Phillips

A good reporter will protect a good source, but that reporter will need to determine if a source is reliable or not. Sources are what are referred to in the news business as a gray area and at the discretion of a reporter or that reporters Editor. I wanted to talk about sources this week so that you as a reader of the Robertson County News and Franklin Advocate will understand the length we go to get a story.

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Fri
08
Jul

The power of the people

By Dennis Phillips

I wish Mrs. Regina Kelly of Hearne were writing this column today. I wish I could use the words she used to address the Hearne City Council last night. I can quote what she said, I can articulate her message but what I cannot do is put her power her presence in front of you. This feels a lot like watching a cooking show and not getting to smell or taste the food. For the first time in 4 years, a citizen inspired me and the room last night felt it too. Mrs. Kelly addressed the council with such emotion and vigor that it set the place on fire. I shot a video and placed it on Facebook and it has gone viral in a short 10 hours. 

 

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Fri
08
Jul

Supreme Court strikes down major changes to abortion law

By Ed Sterling

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 27 struck down parts of the state abortion law that Texas lawmakers revised and passed in 2013. The law’s provision that physicians providing abortions must have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital and the provision that abortion facilities must meet minimum standards for ambulatory surgical centers are in violation of the Constitution, the court said in a 5-3 ruling..

 

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Fri
01
Jul

Rural Texas Community Development Block grant

By Kent Brunette

Every year, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development provides federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds directly to states, which, in turn, provide the funds to small, rural  cities with populations less than 50,000, and to counties that have a non-metropolitan population under 200,000 and are not eligible for direct funding from HUD. Hearne is one of these small communities that are called “non-entitlement” areas because they must apply for CDBG dollars through the Texas CDBG program. Larger cities, such as Dallas, Houston and others, receive CDBG monies directly from HUD, and are called “entitlement” areas.

 

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Fri
01
Jul

Supreme Court affirms 5th Circuit in immigration case

By Ed Sterling

The deadlocked U.S. Supreme Court on June 23 in effect affirmed a judgment that the Obama  administration’s use of deferred action in implementing immigration policy violates the United States Constitution. The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals earlier ruled it was a presidential overreach to implement an immigration policy not approved by Congress. The Supreme Court’s 4-4- tie vote leaves that ruling in effect.

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Fri
24
Jun

Chamber of Commerce, flags, Depot roof

By Kent Brunette

For years, the Hearne Chamber of Commerce was the sole source of tourist and other information about Hearne. Then, along came Camp Hearne, Hearne Depot, and the internet. The chamber was the first home for the Camp Hearne exhibits while the replica barracks were being built out at Camp Hearne. When the exhibits were complete, they made a several month trip to the Brazos Valley Museum on Natural History. 

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