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The glamorous life of a newspaperperson

May 20, 2015
The glamorous life of a newspaperperson

As a newspaperman, I now have held two jobs that were deemed the worst to have in a recent career analysis.
Journalist was the No. 1 sorriest job and firefighter was No. 9. (I’ve also been a photojournalist [No. 6], but that comes with being a small town newspaperperson.)
According to careercast.com, there’s nothing worse than being a journalist.
What do they know?! Just look at my last weekend and tell me this isn’t the dream of many a human:
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Local history-making WWI pilot training fields: Part I

May 20, 2015
Local history-making WWI pilot training fields: Part I


Residents of the Fort Worth area may not realize that three pilot training fields existed in outlying areas of Tarrant County during World War I.  One was located to the north in what is now Saginaw, one due south of downtown in present Everman, and the third field lay to the southwest in current Benbrook.
All three began because of an arrangement made in Washington, D. C. for Canadians to have a better climate in which to train pilots than the weather up north. At the time the agreement was made, the  U.S. had not entered the conflict, which the world was calling the Great War.… Read the rest

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Agreement on state budget evades House, Senate

May 20, 2015
Agreement on state budget evades House, Senate

June 1 is the last day of the 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature. From now until then is all the time that remains for the House and Senate to decide if they’re going to agree on a 2016-2017 state budget.
Both chambers could be ordered to meet around the clock until an agreed-upon budget is passed, if House Speaker Joe Straus and/or Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick deem it necessary or worthwhile. Any proposed agreement would originate in a House Bill 1 conference committee composed of five House members and five Senate members. House members are: Appropriations Committee Chair John Otto, R-Dayton and Vice Chair Sylvester Turner, D-Houston; Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin; Sarah Davis, R-Houston; and Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock.… Read the rest

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Necessity is the mother of invention

May 20, 2015
Necessity is the mother of invention

Abraham Lincoln once said, “The problem with Internet quotes is that they are hard to verify.”
So, you see, my friends, that the Internet predates Al Gore by almost a century.
These are my silly thoughts. I posted a photo on Facebook with the caption: “Necessity is the mother of invention…When you need to be on oxygen but you have a great-grandson that needs a tractor ride.” The photo is a picture of my stepfather, who has COPD and is on oxygen 24/7, taking my baby sister’s 10-month-old grandson for a ride on his lawn tractor.
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Obama vs. the Reptilians: Texas Armageddon!

May 13, 2015
Obama vs. the Reptilians: Texas Armageddon!

Did you know Bob Hope was a reptile from outer space?
Well, read on, pal!
But first…
Some people will believe anything.
The latest in a long line of conspiracy theories concerns a federal military operation planned for Texas this summer, Jade Helm 15.
Some folks, fueled by wacky Austin-based radio talk show host Alex Jones, are sure that the maneuvers are a plot to give the U.S. government a foothold in Texas – along with other Southwestern states – to begin martial rule in America.
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What would a few crumbs cost?

May 13, 2015
What would a few crumbs cost?

I am on a clear liquid diet today in preparation for that wonderful procedure that doctors like to require for people over 50. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, your time is coming.
I am just over three hours into this diet and I’m already tired of it. Just a few crumbs wouldn’t hurt, right?  Most days my breakfast consists of a granola bar and maybe a small container of yogurt, but both of those are at the top of the “no-no” list. I was even hoping to sleep as late as possible today to shorten the diet hours, but I woke up at 6:30.… Read the rest

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The story of Cinco de Mayo – a couple of weeks late!

May 13, 2015
The story of Cinco de Mayo – a couple of weeks late!

A day late and a dollar short” is an old saying I remember my mother repeating. I’m more than a day late because a column about the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo (May 5) should have appeared in The Azle News two weeks ago. However, I only decided to write about it on the actual May 5 when I found some information.
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Conferees struggle toward budget compromise

May 13, 2015
Conferees struggle toward budget compromise

For the Texas Legislature to accomplish its main purpose, the passage of a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 must be achieved.
The five House and five Senate members of the Conference Committee on the budget, House Bill 1, have been working together since late April. They must angle their philosophical pathways to something mutually acceptable to take back to their respective chambers for consideration.
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Breastraunts and chestraunts: God Bless America!

May 6, 2015
Breastraunts and chestraunts: God Bless America!

So, I won a $50 gift card to an eatery called Twin Peaks.
I had no idea where a Twin Peaks was, but I’m not going to turn down $50 worth of food.
Come to find out, Twin Peaks has nothing to do with the ground-breaking TV series of the early 1990’s.
The clue that it was different came when it was referred to as a “breastraunt.”
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The smooth path is not always the best one

May 6, 2015
The smooth path is not always the best one

I just returned from an amazing mission trip to Ukraine with the Singing Men of Texas. I don’t just toss that word “amazing” out lightly.  We took a team of 170 people from across the state of Texas and did a concert/preaching tour across western Ukraine.
Between April 22-30, we sang 12 concerts in eight cities to a combined audience of over 14,000 and saw over 7,700 registered decisions for Christ. Yeah, that kind of amazing.
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