Columns/Opinions

Thu
02
Jan

Endings and New Beginnings

This week has been one of endings. Endings of many things – but for me, endings of the lives of three women who touched my life in three very different ways. The first was of a classmate – a person who I shared a portion of my childhood with. We were confirmed together. We graduated from high school together. We had two of each of our children in the same year and watched them get confirmed and graduate high school together. Our paths crossed many times throughout those years  nd
now, she’s gone.
 
Thu
02
Jan

Dewhurst Eyes Health Services

AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Dec. 20 delivered charges for the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services to tackle before the 2015 Texas Legislature convenes. Dewhurst, who presides over the Senate, ordered the panel of nine senators to study what is being done by the state to enhance the health of Texas women. He also called on the committee to assess the effectiveness  of programs designed to improve mental health for all Texans
 
Thu
19
Dec

Merry Christmas

By LINDA LEHMANN

American Atheists launched a billboard in Times Square in Midtown Manhattan that declares Christmas is better without Christ. The billboard proclaims “Who needs Christ during Christmas”. Public Relations Director Dave Muscato states, “Most people don’t care about any religious ties to the season because church and religion are not what Americans care about during this time of the year
 
Thu
19
Dec

Christmas Traditions

By REGINA KEILERS

Merry Christmas. Felis Navidad. Frohliche Weihnachten. Veselé Vánoce. No matter how you say it, the sentiment is there.  The holiday season is upon us. The time to make merry and wish good tidings in the future to our fellow man is here.
Many families have Christmas traditions that they hold dear. For some it’s attending Midnight Mass as a family, or waiting to  decorate the tree until Christmas Eve. For others, the traditions evolve – that’s the case with our family.
 
Thu
12
Dec

Remembering a Great Man

By REGINA KEILERS

Apartheid. I first became aware of this term while in college. I had a professor who, in teaching us about it, said that to  understand the meaning of the word, you only had to look at the pronunciation. She pronounced it apart-hate, explaining to us that it meant to keep separate (apart) because of hate. I knew historically that we as a country have the shame of treating people of different races badly, but I was appalled that it still could be going on. I grew up after segregation had become illegal. I have friends of all races. They are my friends first, their race is just something about them that makes them unique.
 
Thu
05
Dec

Tackling Obamacare Today

By DAVID DELUCA

Well, if you’re reading this, we have survived another two weeks since our last meeting. The Republic has not fallen 
and the First Amendment has not been repealed. To hear the right-wing noise machine, one would have expected storm
troopers to be marching in the streets by now and an utter breakdown of civilization. The Patient Protection and Affordability 
Act has survived another month and fire has not rained down from the sky. Life as we have known it has continued to exist on the Earth 
 
Thu
05
Dec

The Empty Nest Begins

By REGINA KEILERS

Well, I have experienced another milestone – I took my last child for a college visit. The first ones were easier. They were each attending my alma mater, Texas Lutheran University, so I knew basically what to expect. I knew where the campus was, how long it took to get there, and what the expectations were. I also think it may have been a little easier because I still had others left at home. I knew I was going to get to do this again
 
Fri
29
Nov

Black Friday Shopping – Not for Me

Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, is a truly American tradition. Many retail establishments advertise their best sales for this day. Many people will camp out all night, or even all week to try to get those one time only sales. The media has reported that the success of (or lack thereof) Black Friday sales sets the tone for the sales of the Christmas season.
But why is it called Black Friday? According to retailers it is because it is a day retailers make profits – black ink. If you talk to the employees, they will tell you that they are the ones who call it Black Friday because they work extra hard. It’s a long hard day for the employees. 
 
Fri
29
Nov

Change and Obamacare

Change is an integral part of our lives; daylight savings time, detours, a new beautician or barber, a new doctor and a new health care plan. The Affordable Health Care Plan has been discussed, debated, contemplated, deliberated, pondered,
rationalized, theorized and mulled over by politicians, television news broadcasters and legal analysts until the subject has
become rhetorical and confusing. 
 
Thu
21
Nov

Unsung Heroes

By DAVID DELUCA

The Thanksgiving season has arrived and, to be perfectly honest, I was going to write something sort of snide about
how I am thankful for all of these politicians who are suddenly concerned about people losing their health insurance. They never seemed to care before, so I am thankful that they have taken notice, I guess. However, I talked myself out of it. (Ha! Now you have something else to be thankful for!) Instead, I want to share with you a group of people about whom I believe our whole community should give thanks. 
 

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