Columns/Opinions

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. 
 
Tue
03
Jun
Edgar's picture

Graduates, be safe and smart behind the wheel

When I asked the sheriff what was on his mind this week, he said graduation. He is very proud of all our graduates and wants so sincerely to wish them well. They have accomplished a lot and are at a great position in their lives to really flourish. He is hoping that they will take seriously their own futures and consider consequences of their actions, celebratory or otherwise. 
 
Wed
28
May
Edgar's picture

May is Older Americans Month, honor their accomplishments

The efforts of older Americans built the foundation of our future and our country's future. As a young child growing up in Alpine, my grandmother lived with us. My parents taught me that she and others of her generation had worked much and sacrificed much to move our family into the middle class 
 

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