Columns/Opinions

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.

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.

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