Columns/Opinions

Rural Texas prepares for the Legislative Session

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As 2021 gets underway, so too will the 87th Texas Legislative Session, and this one promises to be unlike any other in recent history. The coronavirus threat will loom large, dramatically changing both the topics considered by lawmakers and the process by which they do so. Legislators will likely spend much of the 140-day session working on public health issues directly related to COVID-19, but the virus will also shape other issues, including the state’s budget. The Texas Constitution requires that the legislature pass a balanced budget, and with coronavirus-related shortfalls in tax revenue projected, it will not be an easy task. Lawmakers will not only have to spend a lot of time on the budget itself, but spending will be limited to the most essential services. Any bill that requires new spending will face an uphill battle, and advocates like the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association will need to be on constant guard for cuts to programs and services essential to cattle producers and rural Texans.

Make government boring again

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The Texas Legislature is back, and on their opening day Tuesday, state lawmakers gave you no reason to stop what you’re doing and pay attention. That’s almost a headline in itself.

Small businesses need to have resilience in 2021

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We have completed one more revolution around the sun and what a journey it has been! We have seen controversy after controversy, faced a pandemic, and other events that have made 2020 a year like no other. We go into 2021 without having resolved many of the issues of the prior year. We still face all the health concerns of the pandemic, even with a vaccine being distributed and administered. Additionally, small businesses continue to struggle, especially the traditional brick and mortar stores that rely on customers coming to them.

Healing our land

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When I was growing up, I was taught the United States was the greatest country in the world. I still think that, but last week’s events made me sad to be an American.

Mr. Big Shot

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It seems like we have an EPD for every trait imaginable from calving ease to ribeye area but but we desperately need one for how photogenic an animal is. With more and more commercial cattle selling on video sales and registered bulls not even being brought into a sale ring but sold with a few slides on a screen, how gorgeous cattle are on film is more important than ever.

New House speaker lays out challenges

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The 87th session of the Texas Legislature opened Tuesday with COVID-19 encompassing every aspect of what the lawmakers do, according to new House Speaker Dade Phelan. “COVID, obviously, it will be a blanket over the entire session,” Phelan told his hometown TV station, KFDM Channel 6, in Beaumont.

House Of Prayer

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“And he taught, saying unto them, is it not written, my house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.” Mark 11:17 Of all the prayers made in the temple, I believe that none is so intriguing and revealing as the prayers made by the Pharisee and the publican. In our text verse, we have an example of Jesus’ zeal for the house of God.