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Sat
17
Jun
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Love your dad

Around about Mother’s Day, a month or so ago, I discovered that I was not the only one that doesn’t really care for that day, because not everyone has a great mother to brag about or send flowers. That was cool, I am always happy for those who do have wonderful moms and kinda enjoy reading about all of the good ones that are around.
But now it is Father’s Day, and it is a lot easier to swallow. I have a great dad, there are some creatures running around that call me dad, and think I am a pretty good one, and I know a lot of dang good dads that deserve a special day.
This year, as these words are going onto the page, my memory recalls a few dads that aren’t around anymore to be adorned with a new tie or given a fresh bottle of Aqua Velva.

Sat
17
Jun
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A stalker can be a good thing

by Pam Kumpe

Mon
29
May
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Did they die in vain?

Thousands upon thousands have died to protect the American way of life and all of the freedoms that we hold so dear. Did they die in vain? Do we really hold those freedoms so dear? Did those before us like Martin Luther King Jr. and  John F. Kennedy also die in vain? Were all of the efforts of Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth and Susan B. Anthony all for nothing?

The answers are all lost in hatred, strife, unacceptance and unforgiveness.

Monday we recognized Memorial Day. The day we pause every year to honor those who gave all. Those who lost their lives on a field of battle and all of those who served our country and have now gone on to a place of peace.

Wed
26
Apr
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Failing our community

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”
Benjamin Franklin made that statement a long time ago, but it has never been more true.
There are a whole lot of folks in Bowie County making a whole lot of excuses this week, instead of owning up to the truth and accepting the consequences. To me, just like ol’ Ben said, that doesn’t make them good for much else.
The last couple of weeks have had me perplexed, confused, angry and mostly, disappointed. It is disappointing when there are things going on in so many places at the same time, with those who should be taking responsibility instead pointing fingers and making excuses.
There has to be some accountability somewhere at some point, and it has always been my stance that accountability starts at the top. When there is a problem at the Tribune, come to me.
The same is true for our local school districts.

Tue
25
Apr
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Sharing the good news at every turn

by Pam Kumpe

Tue
28
Mar
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The Gimme Gimme Syndrome

We hear a lot these days about the younger generation, those so called “millennials” and even younger and how our kids have developed a sense of entitlement, so much so that the future of our country seems in perilous straits because of this one generation.

I do not believe that to be the truth at all, in fact, if we look around, the world is going to Hell in a handbasket pretty much because of all of us. While I tend to believe us older folks are a little more grounded, and quite a bit more responsible, I still remember the days of my late teens and early 20’s when I was of just about as much use to the world in general as a pet rock.

It does seem to me though that the younger generation of today, even down to middle school aged kids, have an increased sense of the “gimme gimme” syndrome and an aura about them that seems to send the message that they don’t think they should be punished for anything and that their actions should carry no consequences.

Wed
15
Mar
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Guy Stuff-A community shines

By Kenny Mitchell

Pubisher

Last night was a monumental night for the City of New Boston. It was monumental not for the awards, or the meal, or the speakers, or even the prize drawings, but rather, it was a special night because of the overwhelming sense of pride and unity in a community.

It was a night that saw the New Boston Chamber of Commerce banquet fill the fellowship hall at First Baptist Church, for a diverse crowd of people to sit in a Baptist Church and listen to a Methodist preacher.

It was a night that saw businesses line the hallways before the banquet, all giving out freebies and taking names for prize giveaways, that had banks set up next to other banks, authors talking to other authors, and the newspaper from down the road taking pictures of our newspaper, all without any dissention, tension or apprehension.

Thu
23
Feb
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Did you hear what Johnny did?

Dirt.

In my line of work, it never ceases to amaze that it is so easy to come up with the dirt. Just about every single day someone will call, message or text me to make sure I am aware of what so and so is doing, or what is wrong in their world, and then ask, “why can’t the newspaper do something about it.”

This week alone there has been stories of black mold in the classroom, back door dealings at City Hall, John Doe was caught with Jane Doe, and the list goes on and on.

American journalist Hunter Thompson once said, “If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.”

Wed
08
Feb
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Put Up or Shutup- The real deal with being pro-life

There is a lot to be said about putting feet to words and letting our actions speak for us, instead of having an opinion without any real concern.

Real concern takes action. Real concern means putting some effort into your beliefs rather than just surfing social media for a bandwagon to jump on and spewing your thoughts to an audience that could care less what you think.

Real concern for a Christian should always be backed up with footsteps. There is an old song from years back that said “faith without works is like a screen door on a submarine” and another that says “luv is a verb.” It is just pretty pointless to have an opinion, if you aren’t going to back it up by doing something.

This morning I read a piece from a young lady that feels the same way, and she has some insight into the subject that is possibly the best I have seen in a long time.

Thu
26
Jan
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Gray areas not the answer for our schools

There is no doubt in my mind that when a dilemma comes to the forefront, the best solution will be found in our guidebook, the Bible.

So when a group of folks around town come to me repeatedly about things going on that are no doubt wrong, the best place to go for an answer is found there.

Today, the answer was found in Proverbs 13:24 which reads, “Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.”

That pretty much sums it up and is an impossible axiom to argue with for anyone.

All of the rioting and protesting going on around the country can be traced back to this in some aspects I think, in that, if a young person grew up never knowing consequences for bad behavior as a child, they don’t expect there to be any as an adult.

I actually have a very good case in point with one of my own children.

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