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05
Apr
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Life in the Slow Lane…

Dr. Don Newbury

Lanes don’t get slower than those to which we’ve all been assigned.

Thoroughly “slowed down,” I am reminded of the old duffer stopped numerous times on the freeway who refused to accelerate to minimum speed. Finally, the officer said, “If you don’t start moving faster, I’m going to strongly suggest that you sign up immediately for offensive driving.”

Like most everyone else, we are “sheltered in,” digesting material from both mass and social media. Generally, there’s an abundance of “warm fuzzies” when they are most needed….

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Thu
02
Apr
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Texas Press Association Capital Highlights

Texas Press Association Capital Highlights

White House grants disaster declaration for state of Texas

AUSTIN — President Trump on March 25 issued a major disaster declaration for the state of Texas as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump’s action came at the request of Gov. Greg Abbott, who is seeking additional federal assistance to combat the disease. In recent days Abbott issued multiple waivers of state laws to remove barriers limiting the response to the pandemic. He also activated the Texas National Guard to be prepared to assist with response efforts.

Abbott said the president’s declaration “opens up new sources of funding for individual and public assistance that will help Texas respond to this public health emergency and protect public health and safety.”

 

 

Thu
02
Apr
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The Unsung Heroes

The Unsung Heroes
The Unsung Heroes

Congress passed and the president signed a $2 trillion "stimulus" bill.

"Not enough!" shrieked politicians. They said the government must do more.

They demanded President Donald Trump reactivate the Defense Production Act, a 1950 law that lets government force companies to make things.

 

 

 

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Thu
26
Mar
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Tax filing deadline extended to July 15

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date has been automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.

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Thu
26
Mar
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CrimeStoppers ‘Fast Cash’

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On March 25, 2020, the Ochiltree County Sheriff’s Department had outstanding warrants on the following people:

Trayvien Lamarr Ansley, black male. Date of birth, Jan. 31, 1992. Height, 5’11”, weight, 165 pounds. Brown eyes, brown hair. Last known address was Perryton. There is one misdemeanor warrant for Ansley for issuance of bad checks.

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Sun
22
Mar
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COVID-19 Could Be Deadly for Small Business

by Armstrong Williams, Creator’s columnist Over the last few weeks, the United States has been grappling with the challenges of the global coronavirus pandemic. But the devastating effects have only just begun to surface for the average citizen. While COVID-19 is a very real and dire threat to the health and lives of the elderly and our most vulnerable, its unprecedented impact on the wider economy places us all at risk.

The American way of life as we know it could be forever changed unless critical action is taken immediately. Although the U.S. economy has been performing at record highs over the last several years, it is not enough to absorb the shockwaves of this virus. The nation has come to a grinding halt with cities taking drastic measures to contain the disease's spread -- shutting down schools, businesses and public places across the country.

Sun
22
Mar
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The Idle American

Dr. Don Newbury

My Uncle Mort, who lives so far out in the country that nobody passes his house going to town, called the other day.

“I’m going to shock you, nephew,” he said. “’Cause I’m planning a ‘give-away’ that folks won’t be able to refuse.”

He had my attention. I felt flushness in the face—sure that my breathing had shortened. And what about the palpitations in a heart worked over with four bypasses and a valve job more than two decades ago? Were these multiple signals that I might be next in line for the feared coronavirus?

 

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Thu
19
Mar
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Texas Press Association Capital Highlights

Texas Press Association Capital Highlights

Governor issues statewide disaster declaration

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on March 13 declared a state of disaster in all Texas counties and listed actions agencies are taking to contain and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, a contagious flu-like respiratory disease.

Abbott said agency actions would include:

—Provide immediate ability to move resources around the state, including resources obtained through the Strategic National Stockpile, an emergency supply of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies;

 

 

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Thu
19
Mar
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I’m Betting on America. Are You?

I’m the ultimate positive thinker. I’m also very cynical. You can be both. My favorite saying is “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst.” So I’m going to give you both sides of the coronavirus story.

Let’s start with the bad. This is the worst mess of our lifetime. The economy is hanging by a thread. Stocks rebounded Friday but have been savaged. Small business is wrecked. Millions of Americans are about to lose their jobs. My beloved Vegas is - for the moment--down for the count. And I haven’t even gotten to the health crisis yet.

I have many great friends and guests on my national TV and radio shows who are medical experts. Half believe this is the pandemic to end all pandemics. They quote Centers for Disease Control and Prevention models that report as many as 1.7 million Americans could die.

 

 

Thu
12
Mar
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Texas Press Association Capital Highlights

Ed Sterling

Trump, Biden emerge as winners in Texas primaries

AUSTIN — Incumbent President Donald J. Trump, who received 94% of the vote in the Lone Star State’s Republican primary election, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who received 34.5 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, were their parties’ top vote-getters on March 3, Super Tuesday.

Biden’s closest rival was Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who received 30% of the Democratic vote. Sanders was followed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, 14.4%, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 11.4%.

Overall voter turnout figures posted by the Texas Secretary of State’s Elections Division show 4,084,431 of the state’s 16,211,198 registered voters cast a ballot — slightly more than 25% of total registered voters. That’s a higher participation rate than in the 2016 Super Tuesday vote. Then, 3,289,218 Texans cast a ballot, or 23% of the 14,238,436 voters who were registered at the time.

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