Columns/Opinions

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.
Fri
21
Aug

100 plus years of Little Brazos bridges Northwest of Hearne

By Kent Brunette

The old bridge will be demolished and a replacement bridge will soon to be built over the Little Brazos River on FM 485 just outside of Hearne. This week’s column discusses several bridges that have served Robertson County roads northwest of Hearne in the last 100+ years. Before FM 485 even came into existence, a pre- 1900 iron Pratt through-truss bridge spanned the Little Brazos outside of Hearne. The old Hearne to Port Sullivan Road ran down Crennan Lane, crossed the property now home to the Hearne Municipal Airport, before it joined-up with the current Zane Wallace Road.   

Fri
21
Aug

University president says Davis statute to be moved

By Ed Sterling

A bronze statue of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, will be moved from the Main Mall of the University of Texas at Austin campus to UT’s Center for American History for interior display, in accordance with a decision made last week by UT President Gregory Fenves. Fenves said he appointed a task force in June, shortly after he became president, “to identify options for the statues along the Main Mall that have long been a source of discussion, debate and more recently, controversy.” The task force reported its findings to Fenves on Aug. 10.

Fri
07
Aug

Comm. Enhancement Grant application submitted Aug. 6

Hearne’s Community Enhancement Fund (CEF) grant application was submitted on Thursday, August 6. The Community Enhancement grant is a new funding opportunity under the Texas Community Development Block Grant Program through which HUD funds are distributed to small and rural communities. Texas Department of Agriculture administers the CDBG program in Texas.
 
Fri
07
Aug

Panel hears testimony in wake of jail death

The Texas House Committee on County Affairs met on July 30 to hear testimony on Sandra Bland and jail standards. Bland, 28, was pulled over by a state trooper in Hempstead on July 10. Soon after, she was placed in the Waller County Jail and was found dead in her cell on July 13. Investigators ruled the death a suicide.
 
Fri
31
Jul

A rose by any other name...

Many years ago the Texas Department of Public Safety made a request of newspapers and media outlets. The request was to stop using the word ‘accident’ and instead replace the word with ‘collision’ when reporting on collisions, especially those that involved a fatality. Many of my fellownewspaper editors all protested the request stating citing reason after reason to ignore the request and the debate ragged on for two years. Among the top reason was no one likes to be told what to do by the government. I agree with that, I don’t like being told what to do, but I read the request carefully and in my opinion it was reasonable request. This was not an order but a polite request and one to this day I still follow.

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Fri
31
Jul

Capitol Highlights

Gov. Greg Abbott on July 22 issued a statement regarding the arrest and  death of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old Illinois resident who had driven to Hempstead in response to a job offer from Prairie View A&M University. On July 10, Bland was pulled over by a state trooper, arrested and placed in the Waller County jail in Hempstead. Three days laterBland was found dead in  her jail cell. Local authoritiesconducted an autopsy and reported suicide as the cause of death. Bland’s family ordered an independent autopsy.

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Fri
24
Jul

Governor’s order enhances readiness on military bases

Gov. Greg Abbott on July 18 authorized Adjutant General John Nichols of the Texas National Guard to arm personnel at military facilities across Texas. Abbott’s action comes following the July 16 shooting  on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., that resulted in the deaths of four U.S. Marines and one U.S. Navy sailor.
 
Fri
24
Jul

In the face of domestic violence

It is a very hard subject to write about and even harder to talk about. Domestic violence in the United States in 2014 reached  into the homes of close to 10 million Americans, women as well as men. To this day it is considered a major public health crisis.
 

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