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Fri
23
Nov
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Field of candidates for House speaker narrows to one

AUSTIN — Eight members of the Texas Legislature filed papers with the Texas Ethics Commission to declare themselves candidates for speaker of the Texas

House of Representatives, and as of

last week, only one remained.

The candidacy of state Rep. Dennis Bonnen, RAngleton, gained momentum in October, and Bonnen on Nov. 13 announced he had the support of 109 members of the 150-member House. At minimum, it takes 76 votes to elect a speaker, which is 50 percent, plus one, of the 150 members of the House.

Thu
15
Nov
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Never Forget

By James Decker

On June 25, 2012, Dan Crenshaw was a Navy SEAL, badly injured by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. He ultimately lost one eye and part of the use of his “good” eye. On November 6, 2018, Crenshaw was elected to U.S. Congress in a Houston-area district.

Crenshaw has recently been in the news for more than just his electoral victory. Crenshaw wears an eye patch over his lost eye and “Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson made an ill-advised pre-election joke about Crenshaw’s appearance. After winning his election, Crenshaw appeared on SNL himself to accept Davidson’s apology and move past it by wise cracking with Davidson and about Davidson.

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Thu
15
Nov
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2 Cents Worth

By Carol Greenway -Holland

What a day we have had, we are on our way home from Kentucky, it has rained on us all the way, we came the interstates this time because of the bad weather coming to Wingo and we did not want to get into snow, sleet, and ice We are in Texerkana tonight and I am glad to get here, traffic was horrible, and the fog, we set on the edge of our seats. We have stopped early because both of us are give out, we left by 5:30 this morning to get on down the road before the weather hit us. All the kids left at 5:00 Am they wanted to get to Lubbock before it got so bad, We all had such a good time with them once again.

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Thu
08
Nov
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Secretary of State Pablos applauds early voting turnout

By Ed Sterling

Thu
01
Nov
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Faces & Places

By Mary Gruben

A sparrow was lying in the street with its legs straight up in the air, sweating a little under its feathery arms. A warhorse walks up to the bird and asks, “What on earth are you doing?” The sparrow replies, “I heard the sky was falling, and I wanted to help.” The horse laughs a big, loud, sneering horse laugh, and says, “Do you really think you’re going to hold back the sky, with those scrawny little legs?” And the sparrow says, “One does what one can.” (Stitches author Anne Lamott)

Thu
01
Nov
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2 Cents Worth

By Carol Greenway -Holland

Good morning from the world of tall trees and tall Holland People. I feel like a little person when I come to Kentucky because I look up to most folks! The big old trees are just out of this world awesome, but they are not as pretty this year like they were last year. David, Joe’s man that leases his place, told me the hot weather they had for a week, followed by an early hard frost last week, that made the colors dull.

Then they had wind the past few days, and that brought the leaves off the trees and on the ground! That’s not the only thing on the ground, they have made a huge crop of those old big black walnuts, and they sound like a shotgun going off when they hit the roof, It sure would make a knot on your head if one hit you. The little squirrels will be well fed this year, the ground is covered with them and they just keep falling.

Thu
25
Oct
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Attitudes, Others, and Ourselves

James Decker

“How are you doing?” How do you respond when someone asks you that familiar question? Like most people, you probably give vague but socially acceptable responses—“fine,” “pretty good,” “not too bad,” etc. On the other hand, we all know people who answer in the extremes. We don’t want to ask how they’re doing, because they’ve determined that their life is worse and more miserable than anyone else’s and they’re eager to explain why. But then there’s the other side, the person who wants to tell everyone how life is so much better and more perfect than yours.

Social media fans the flames of both extremes.

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Thu
25
Oct
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2 Cents Worth

By Carol Greenway

Good frosty morning from Kentucky, yes Kentucky had their first frost on Sunday morning, and this morning on Monday they really had a white frost so grab you a cup of coffee and visit with me awhile. Joe and I made it just fine coming across the country but it was a wet one until we got to Texarkana, Texas. We left Aspermont on Tuesday morning and it misted and rained on us all the way to Paris, Texas. Everything was so pretty and green, the livestock all of them were so pretty and shiny with so much to eat, the horses were out of this world beautiful. Some of the creeks were level full, and some of them with one more inch would have been over the road, and I imagine that one just before we got to Paris, if it had one more drop to run in it, it was over the little bridge.

We stopped in Paris and ate lunch with our friends, had a good visit, and then we all went our separate ways.

Thu
18
Oct
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WHAT DO I THINK ABOUT PRESIDENT

By Scotty Daniel

Some of the gaffes President Trump makes cause me to cringe. His egotism knows no bounds. He would give the left far less ammunition if he wouldn’t respond to every insult. His off-the-cuff speeches are, at best inarticulate and he may be guilty of one-nighters with some beautiful women in the past.

That said, to me making him president was akin to sending some tough, rough talking, uncouth, hard-nosed Special Forces into an extremely tough battle. We know they’ll get the job done in spite of the obstacles they’re sure to face. They are focused on the objectives.

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Thu
18
Oct
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Worry, Drain Tile, and Birds

By James Decker

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” –Matthew 6:26-2

A few years ago, I was at an agricultural law conference and a group of us went to dinner. One of those folks was my friend Pat Dillon, who is a lawyer and farmer in rural Iowa. We were comparing farming notes when he made reference to “drain tile.” I asked him to explain and he told us that Iowa farmers used drain tile to remove excess water from their fields. Those of us from West Texas looked at him as if Pat was speaking an alien language to us.

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