Columns/Opinions

Thu
16
Nov
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I heard the heartbeat and everything!

We all know that life is cyclical, what goes around comes around and all of that and we know that the so-called “circle of life” touches us all as it spins around.
This past weekend gave me an up close view of the spinning wheel, as on the same day, a friend said goodbye to our world and my daughter announced a new life was on its way.
It was a perfect picture of the circle of life as we sat around a happy, ecstatic family dinner table celebrating an early Thanksgiving with the news that my baby was having a baby and she and her husband would be receiving the biggest change to their lives next May. As we sat there, looking at sonogram pictures, I heard the sad news of Cindy Ross. 

Thu
16
Nov
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Rarely Do we have Such a Blessing

A Tribute to a Dear Friend

By Pam Kumpe

I will miss Cindy Ross, endlessly, until we meet again in heaven. And now, thankfully, she is no longer fighting cancer. She is at rest and at peace, for she is with Christ.
Cindy and I met some eight years ago, our hearts connecting like sisters, as our journey of friendship opened like a rainbow in the sky. (My twin sister, Mel, thinks I loved Cindy so much because they were similar. I think she’s right.)
Now, Cindy loved music and writing songs, and could play several instruments. And I often teased her that she was in the “band” at church, but she called it the orchestra. I still call it the band.
Of course, she loved picking on me. And I loved picking on her. She often countered me with her sarcasm and one liners, and she held a reservoir of trivia, too.

Fri
27
Oct
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From baby changers to world changers

Women are beneath men. Men are the boss, women are to be silent, stay in the kitchen, raise the babies, change the diapers and basically, just do what us men tell them to do. Men are stronger, smarter, heck, even chosen by God Himself to be the leaders of the family and the free world.

Right?

I grew up in a culture that taught all of that, believed all of that, and to some extent, was all of that. While it is true that God has a plan where the husband is to be the head of the family, pretty much all of the rest of that is a load a codswallop, or in country terms, horse hockey.

Let’s face it. The ladies have pretty much been running things since Eve grabbed an apple and talked Adam into taking a bite. I would be willing to say that Pharaoh had a woman whispering in his ear, George Washington had Martha, JFK had a strong lady running Camelot, and most likely, Coretta Scott King had just as much influence in her day as her more famous husband.

Wed
18
Oct
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Death and Taxes

Death and taxes. Two things that we all have to deal with at some time, that is certain. We know there is a road that leads to death and for some folks in DeKalb it seems there is now a road that leads to taxes.
The new bond proposition has some folks in DeKalb fuming over what they believe are unnecessary and excessive new taxes to pay for renovations and upgrades to the local school district. A look at the numbers will easily show that yes, there would definitely be a new tax burden if the voters pass both propositions. And yes, those who already pay a lot of taxes, like the big agricultural businesses in the area, will be faced with more taxes.
Is it too much to ask?
It only takes a quick tour of the facilities at the middle school and elementary campuses to see that they are in a state of need. Floors are giving out, classrooms for some of our most vulnerable students are disjointed from the rest of the campus, and security has huge gaps to fill.

Fri
29
Sep
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An Untied Country

There are so many adjectives that could be used to describe the sport of football. So many young men, and I dare say, more than a few young girls, grow up dreaming of playing the sport. It is a part of the fabric of our lives here in the Untied States and for decades has been a mainstay in homes across the land on Friday nights, all day Saturday and again on Sunday.
Oops. Was that a typo? Odds are you think there was a typo in that last sentence. But, no sir, there was not. We are Un-Tied.
I do not care how integrated into our lives the game of football is, when it makes headline news and becomes the focal point of conversation, we are in a mess.

Mon
04
Sep
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A simple message for troubled times

We have all heard the horror stories about a natural disaster making a huge chunk of California fall off into the Pacific. We have also seen the devastation caused by earthquakes, volcanoes, and other forces of nature around the world. Now, just imagine the shock to our country if a whole state like Delaware, Rhode Island or maybe New York City got washed away and was under water.
Well, that is exactly what is happening in Texas right now and the land mass that is being destroyed and devastated is bigger than all of those mentioned above and the number of people affected by it is more.
Hurricane Harvey stands to be one of the worst natural disasters in recorded time. Millions will be affected by its wrath before it is over, quite possibly even some of us folks up here.
Look at the carnage already in places like Aransas Pass, Rockport, and Houston. Smaller towns like Dayton are being washed away. The impact is that big C word-catastrophic.

Fri
18
Aug
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Racists and morons and a better way of living

There are constant reminders to folks that live here in our neck of the woods why we should be grateful that we do live here.
Now, I am not talking about things like less traffic than the big city, or better air to breathe, or even the fact that folks around here know how to cook better than any big city, fancy restaurant, no I am talking about the quality of life itself and the decency of the folks who call here home.
A vivid case in point came this last weekend, as everyone watched the idiots riot in Charlottesville, Virginia. While those idiots, and yep, that is the perfect word for them, showed their butts on national television and degraded the American way of life, folks here in Bowie County were actively doing the things that we call normal, and often take for granted.

Thu
03
Aug
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Teachers and preachers, and time for the bleachers

The coming of August means some big changes from the last few weeks because August always signals the return to school for kids and teachers all over Texas.
The return of school means the return of football, band, homework and school buses. That means the return to school zones and the time for everyone who drives a car on our roads to start watching again for students walking across streets and buses stopping to pick them up.
The return of school always seems like a new day to me. Sorta like a new birth. It is a new chance for students to learn, grow and succeed and a new chance for teachers to impart wisdom that can last a lifetime.

Fri
28
Jul
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Snakes in the Grass

Snakes are everywhere. It really does seem like it nowadays. Everywhere you turn it seems you have to be careful for snakes. They can leap out at you in an instant and spew their venom through their nasty fangs and inflict their pain before you even see them coming.
Around these parts you have the usual like rattlesnakes, copperheads, water mocassins, dirty dealers, liars and thieves.
Wait. What?
Yes’m, there are a lot more snakes in our lives than those that slither on the ground, but both the slithering kind and those that walk on two legs are just as poisonous. Both are just as sneaky too.

Mon
17
Jul
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Robbing our teachers

As we get into the really hot months of the year, we all tend to get a little “hot” and let our opinions fly around like daggers on the wind. Social media makes it easy for people to have an opinion and yet still hide behind a computer screen. Sites like Cheers and Jeers do serve a purpose, but too often they become a launching pad for the kind of adolescent, uneducated pablum that just makes folks look stupid.
Still, sometimes there are issues that truly need to be addressed and having a forum to discuss topics of the day can be a good thing. Hatespeak is never necessary. Online bullying is a sin, and far too prevalent, and idiots that think sending lewd or provocative pictures and messages or simply a sign of the perverse world we live in today.
In fact, you will find in this paper the first in a series of articles on the subject of sexting, written by a local young man, that I think has a keen perspective on the subject.

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