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19
Jan
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We Wish You a Merry Christmas…

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

The Idle American

‘Tis not the first time an error of my own doing has diverted me from the tedious freeways of everyday life to side roads with uncharted curves adorned by snagging brambles that seemed to warn, “Go back.”

I stumble forward, discovering yet another column topic, one that likely should remain at barrel’s bottom and marked “obscure.”

Anyway, there I was, standing way back in the customer service line at Sam’s Club, wondering why some customers were yelling at sympathetic “associates” who didn’t hire out for such. I soon learned that they were patiently listening to “poor me” accounts, from mid-December until well into the New Year….

 

 

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Sun
19
Jan
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Freedom and Facts

by Jackie Gingrich Cushman

We need to differentiate between experiences and facts. We know that our individual perspectives affect how we experience events, but do they also affect the underlying facts?

The answer is no. Facts are facts.

So, for example, one person might experience exceptional service at a restaurant, but another person might experience terrible customer service. Can both be true? The answer is yes. Perhaps the first person was celebrating a birthday and experienced the dinner through rose-colored glasses, which raised the service of the staff, while the second person had just experienced a devastating event and complained throughout the meal, bringing down the staff's service.

But facts are not subjective. For example, 2 plus 2 cannot equal 5.

 

 

 

Thu
16
Jan
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Capital Highlights

Capital Highlights

Texas Press Association Governor’s domestic terrorism task force meets at Capitol

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott last week convened the quarterly meeting of his Domestic Terrorism Task Force at the state Capitol.

“We must work together to develop meaningful solutions to fully eradicate domestic terrorism in the Lone Star State,” Abbott said in explaining the purpose of the meeting. “Just as domestic terrorism takes many forms, this task force is committed to developing comprehensive and evolving defense strategies to ensure a safe and secure future for every Texan,” Abbott added.

Abbott’s office said the task force analyzed prevention strategies against domestic terrorism in the form of cyber attacks and discussed the importance of good “cyber hygiene.”

Task force members include Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and other high-ranking state, county and federal officials.

Thu
16
Jan
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Views from Around the Panhandle

I live with the compulsive belief that lists will make me a better person.

I believe their mere existence in my life makes me more organized, clears up my skin, gives me emotional balance and insures I never forget asparagus at the grocery store again.

And what better way to insure I never run out of lists than to have a compulsion to own all the journals, notebooks, planners and really good smooth-flowing pens?

Of course, that is all theory, and in my case it’s just bad theory.

I am not alone in my addiction, either, My daughter is a master of lists and planning. The difference between me and her is that she is good at it. She follows through and takes no prisoners in her approach to mastering life on paper.

 

 

 

 

Thu
16
Jan
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Trump Plans to Streamline Environmental Assessments

from The Colorado Springs Gazette

President Barack Obama had a grand vision of fixing the country's infrastructure. Bureaucracy stood in his way.

Obama hoped the $787 billion Reinvestment and Recovery Act would put Americans to work in record numbers as they embarked upon "shovel-ready" projects to fix roads, bridges, tunnels, runways, transmission lines and more. The paychecks and improved public assets would help the country recover more quickly from the recession he inherited in 2008.

The vision fizzled when the shovels got wrapped in red tape. "Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected," Obama declared three years into his first term.

Almost 10 years later, Americans have seen nothing approaching a wide-scale upgrade of infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers generates a nationwide infrastructure report card every four years, and in 2017 gave the country a "D+." The public wants an "A."

 

 

 

Thu
26
Dec
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Capitol Highlights

AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Insurance last week adopted a rule outlining a narrow exception to the state’s new surprise billing protections relating to health care services provided on or after Jan. 1.

Senate Bill 1264, passed during the 2019 regular session of the Texas Legislature, is intended to protect consumers with state-regulated health plans — about 16% of Texans — from surprise bills in emergencies and in cases where the consumer had no choice of providers. The legislation carves out a narrow exception when a consumer chooses an outof-network doctor or provider at an in-network facility.

The Texas Department of Insurance, which has rulemaking authority, said the rule was adopted on an emergency basis, and the next step is for the rule to go through the normal rulemaking process, allowing time to accept and consider public comments.

 

 

Thu
26
Dec
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The Left Should Learn From The UK Election

Working-class jobs don't matter. We can easily replace them. West Virginians won't mind installing solar panels instead of mining coal. Such was the callous sentiment behind the statement of former Vice President Joe Biden when asked last about the left's green revolution. Would he move forward with green policies that directly killed hundreds of thousands of blue-collar jobs?

"The answer is yes," Biden said, assuring viewers the workers would find better, higher-paying jobs.

With that statement, Biden highlighted the left's detachment from people on the ground in the great American flyover country -- composed of the Rust Belt, Bible Belt, Midwestern and Southern states that elected President Donald Trump. The left's problem with rural America is one part economic, ten parts cultural. Just look to Great Britain.

 

 

Sun
22
Dec
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Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou?...

Dr. Don Newbury

The Idle American

Even novices in US History know that discovery of our part of the world was made by Christopher Columbus in 1492.

On a far more personal note, Beverly Hindman—an 82-year-old widow in Burleson, TX—has collected important “puzzle pieces” this year to greatly clarify her family history. Now, 527 years after Columbus landed, she’s made a discovery of her own. After thorough research, she has learned of an older brother, and several other new relatives. Her pilgrimage is at once heartwarming and inspiring. She and her 90-year-old brother, George Shepard, embraced for the first time ever when Bev and daughter Ruthie deplaned in Chicago last August for a week-long visit.

Thu
19
Dec
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Views From Panhandle Editors

There are roads less traveled for a reason, and somehow I always end up on those roads.

Taking the road less traveled is one of my signature moves, through mostly not on purpose and usually because my car’s GPS system seems to have it in for me.

I drive a luxury 2014 Ford Taurus. I haven’t had the GPS system updated in about four years, which turns out to be problematic for me, particularly in areas that actually do regular road construction and upgrades.

Add to that night travel for playoff football games and a little problem with night vision, and you have a lonely girl on the back country roads of West-ish Texas.

Friday night, I had vague fantasies of going home from the Hawk playoff game in Abilene through Anson, like I used to in the old days of road atlases the size of a toddler. My GPS, though, had very well thought out goals to take me down roads through Albany and Throckmorton, where the deer were plenty and cars to follow were nonexistent.

Thu
19
Dec
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Texas Press Association

Texas Press Association

Capital Highlights Secretary of state convenes discussion on 2020 Census

AUSTIN — Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs on Dec. 11 hosted a roundtable discussion of state agencies to coordinate efforts to accurately count all Texans in the upcoming 2020 Census.

Hughs was joined by Dr. Steven Dillingham, U.S. Census Bureau director; Dr. Lloyd Potter, Texas State demographer, and representatives from state agencies and the Texas Legislature.

“The census plays a major role in determining the distribution of federal funds to the Lone Star State in areas such as healthcare, education, agriculture and infrastructure and housing, as well as determining the size of our congressional delegation,” Hughs said.

“That’s why it’s imperative that we work collaboratively towards finding ways that our state’s agencies can help to ensure that we count all Texans in the upcoming census,” she added.

 

 

 

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