Columns/Opinions

Wed
16
Aug
Edgar's picture

Should Zeke be free?

Unless you have been in a coma or in a third-world country you have heard about the National Football League (NFL) suspension of Ezekiel Elliott for six regular season games. I do not have a crystal ball so I can`t tell you what is the truth. Zeke claims to be innocent of the domestic violence charges levied against him, and if that is true, then a terrible injustice has been forced upon him. If he is guilty of this charge, then he got off easy. It appears he is going to appeal the ruling. The “Free Zeke” comes from the many “Facebook” pages I have seen since last Friday. Oddly enough, all these pages were posted by women.

One thing for sure, no one likes to talk about domestic violence. Regardless if you are a man or woman, a victim or perpetrator, no one really wants to discuss this. Ignoring this happens way too often (one time is too much) and is not going to solve this problem.

Wed
16
Aug
Edgar's picture

Letters to Editor

Dear Roy, I usually run somewhat behind in receiving the Gazette and it was so recently. I became excited when I saw “One Man’s Opinion” so bright and clear, I was pleased because this has been one of my favorite portions of the paper. For what it’s worth, your opinions mirror mine in just about every subject.

But when I read about you not being paid for your column, I said to myself, “dang, this ain’t good...what in the world can I do?” Then it struck me, I will tell Roy to take the enclosed few coins, slip out of the back door of the Gazette, grab a few hot links and a double-cola and save himself ! Go get’em, Roy!

Good to have you back in the fold.

Larry G. Brooks Burleson, Texas

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Thu
10
Aug
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The burning question: Will the Dallas Cowboys be better?

By ROY KNOX

Were you expecting something different? The first preseason game has already been played and now is the time for educated guesses on how the season will turn out. By “educated” I mean this is what “my opinion is today;” however, it could change by tomorrow.

Thu
10
Aug
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House passes bills to give retired teachers relief from rising costs

by ED STERLING

AUSTIN – The Texas House on Aug. 1 approved House Bill 20, legislation appropriating $212.7 million from the “rainy day” reserve fund to help defray rising healthcare costs for retired school employees.

Primary authors of HB 20 include: Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin; Drew Darby, R-San Angelo; Gary VanDeaver, R-New Boston; John Zerwas, R-Katy; and Donna Howard, D-Austin.

The House also approved HB 80, legislation that through the Teacher Retirement System of Texas would make a one time cost-of-living adjustment to the retirement benefits paid to certain retirees, disability retirees and survivors. To be eligible for the increase, the annuitant must have retired between Aug. 31, 2004 and Aug. 31, 2015.

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Thu
03
Aug
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What we did 50 years ago on hot August days

About this time 50 years ago I would make my way from my house to Betty Burford’s house walking barefoot on the hot asphalt streets and dodging stickers in the field I crossed to get to her house. (Sure, I had shoes, but I might take them off and leave them wherever I went. Betty’s house was where all the kids gathered. Betty’s mother had the best snacks, the best toys and Betty had the best imagination of what we could do. Betty Burford was the smartest friend I had. And Betty’s house was air conditioned.

A hot August day usually brought out the worst in us. We played horrible pranks on our friends like the time we gave Rebecca a glass of water from the toilet. And she drank it. Like the time we called Melissa and told her to walk to my house because we were all over at Betty’s right across the street from Melissa. And she walked it. Melissa got so mad at us because she said she almost had a ‘heatstroke.’ A heatstroke? What is that?

Thu
03
Aug
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House, Senate have not yet engaged in backand- forth on key bills

by ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Not a single bill had been agreed to by the state House and Senate as of July 28, exactly 10 days into the 30-day special session of the Texas Legislature.

Lawmakers have a tall order served up to them by Gov. Greg Abbott in the form of 20 must-resolve matters in the first called session of the 85th Texas Legislature. Something could be on Abbott’s desk in short order if top-priority “sunset” legislation to ensure the continuation of the Texas Medical Board and several other healthcare-related state oversight boards gains approval by both chambers. The Senate’s version is SB 20 by Van Taylor, R-Plano; the House has produced two versions: HB 1 and HB 2, both by Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock. There are enough differences in the bills to spark elongated floor debates, if lawmakers are so inclined.

Fri
07
Jul

CAPITOL HIGHLIGHTS | Governor applauds lawmakers’ intentions for special session

By Ed Sterling

Thu
29
Jun

CAPITOL HIGHLIGHTS| First Gulf storm elbows Texas

By Ed Sterling

Thu
29
Jun

RICH LOWRY | Yes, hate speech is free speech

With the left feverishly attempting to squash unwelcome speech on college campuses, with the president of the United States musing about tightening libel laws, with prominent liberals asserting that so-called hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment, free speech in America at least has one reliable friend -- the Supreme Court of the United States. 
In a firm 8-0 decision, the court slapped down the Patent and Trademark Office for denying federal trademark registration to a band named “The Slants,” a derogatory term for Asian-Americans. As it happens, The Slants is an Asian-American band that seeks to “reclaim” and “take ownership” of anti-Asian stereotypes (it has released albums called “The Yellow Album” and “Slanted Eyes, Slanted Hearts”). This didn’t matter to the trademark office any more than it presumably would to the dean of students at the average liberal-arts college.

Fri
23
Jun

GUEST COLUMNIST | Alcohol and water don’t mix, especially underage

By Rebecca Smith

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