Columns/Opinions

Tue
08
Jul
Edgar's picture

Obama's administrative immigration

Last week, shortly after it was reported that President  Barack Obama would request $2 billion to deal with the humanitarian  crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, the president threatened to double down on the policies
that caused the crisis in the first place. More specifically, he made clear in a Rose Garden statement that he is considering  yet another unilateral suspension of immigration enforcement on his own.
 
Tue
01
Jul
Edgar's picture

Public's right to know is a worthy legislative agenda

Two weeks ago the Texas Press Association convention in Corpus Christi served as a reminder to elected officials that We the People own the government. The reminder didn’t take the negative tone of a warning or a
threat, but of positive reinforcement in recognizing four of those elected officials who defended the people’s right to a free flow of their information.
 
Tue
01
Jul
Edgar's picture

Round Mounds of Sound

Many of the great cattle auctioneers and ring men of yesteryear were “fully figured" men. Most of the road agents today seem to be in better shape but a lot of the men I traveled with were well marbled big men with booming voices and little chance of ever becoming thoroughbred jockeys. One of the greatest was a man the ring men affectionately called behind his back the  "Round Mound of Sound." I won't tell you his real name because I liked him too much, but I will say this: he blew a button off his shirt once and it darn near killed the clerk 
 
Tue
24
Jun
Edgar's picture

Animal control officer does outstanding job

I would just like to commend and thank our local animal control officer, Joe Jurado, for the outstanding job that he does. Not only does he routinely patrol the town and outlying areas looking for animals that are out and running loose, but he is diligent in being on the lookout for animals that are being abused in obvious ways, such as no shelter in bad weather 
 
Tue
24
Jun
Edgar's picture

Five things Obama must do to fix the border crisis

Over the past several months, tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors -- almost all of them from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, or Mexico -- have been detained at our southern border while crossing illegally
into the United States. A large percentage have been found in the Rio Grande Valley region of South Texas  
 

 

Tue
17
Jun
Edgar's picture

Everyone needs to be cautious on roads

This week, the sheriff was concerned about the increased traffic situation and the bad accidents that have been occurring in and around our county.  Since he has experience with big trucks, he was able to shed some light on how difficult it can be for an 18-wheeler to avoid a bad situation.  
 
Tue
17
Jun
Edgar's picture

Texas seen as 'electoral wasteland'

Voter turnout in Texas is indisputably awful. The March primaries drew 1.9 million, with only 560,033  voting in the Democratic contest and the rest voting in the more competitive Republican races. According to the Texas secretary of state’s office, there were 18.9 million adults in the state in March, and 13.6 million of them were registered to vote  
 
Tue
10
Jun
Edgar's picture

Bottom line: hold the VA accountable, veterans matter

As a kid, I remember the phrase "It takes an act of Congress" being used to describe anything that took a long time or was extremely difficult. As an adult and a member of Congress, I learned firsthand what that means. Yet, just before Memorial Day, I voted for a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would make it easier to terminate employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs. It passed 390 to 33. It was remarkably fast action in a body known to go slower than most snails.
 
Tue
10
Jun
Edgar's picture

Thanks Dad

The first time my vehicle truck broke down when I was at college, the first person I called was my dad. When my feelings got  hurt, it was always my dad that I turned to for a big hug to make me feel better. Dad was always that
one that I turned to when I needed help, advice or when it came time to watch a football game 
 
Tue
03
Jun
Edgar's picture

Called to serve

I will never know if the student was serious or simply smile-seeking when he scheduled a visit to my office a quarter-century ago. It was early in my Howard Payne University presidency. The student, whose name I don’t recall, presented a gift. It was a colorful poster showing a beautiful mansion, luxury sedan, sports car, decked-out boat and huge motor home. 
 

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