Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on July 17 appointed Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, as chair of the powerful, state budget-writing Senate Finance Committee. The two-year state budget totals close to $200 billion.
Nelson, the first woman in the history of the state to chair the committee, called the appointment “a tremendous honor and responsibility” and pledged that under her leadership the committee would “keep the Texas miracle moving full steam ahead.” She has served as a member of the committee for seven legislative sessions, including the current session.… Read the rest
After you’ve lived a few decades, you can look back and see that certain years rock and others stink.
For me, 1980 was terrific.
I was 23 and would turn 24 about halfway through. It was the only year the Bride and I had just one child (who just turned 35 – these days, the “time flies” axiom is replaceable by “I don’t mind getting old but I don’t want to see my children getting old.”)… Read the rest
A couple of weeks ago, I headed for home after a gully-washer of a rain. When I walked through my front door, I was greeted by a puddle of standing water. Since we pretty much live in the Sweetie Suite in the back part of the house, Mrs. Sweetie had no idea we had water in the floor on the front. I got some towels and mopped it up, then moved the piano and the armoire away from the wall, and mopped some more.… Read the rest
I’ve called this column Pages From Western History because I really like stories about the West. The U.S. Government forced the eastern Indian tribes to move west of the Mississippi River. Fur trappers went there for beaver. Pioneers on the Oregon Trail sought land and a new start in life; so did Texans and other folks too. All kinds of people rushed west for gold and silver. The military marched west to try to protect all these people from each other.… Read the rest
As unaccompanied minors and mothers with children from Central American countries continued to cross the border into Texas, President Barack Obama met with Gov. Rick Perry on July 9 in Dallas to discuss how to address the situation.
Afterward, Perry said he urged Mr. Obama to:
• Witness in person what’s going on at the border;
• Deploy 1,000 more National Guard troops to enhance border security;… Read the rest
Solving the latest immigration problem with a playlet:
A GUY is drinking some water, reading.
GUY: Ridiculous! All these foreign kids being dumped into our country! (GUY turns around to see a long-haired, bearded person wearing a robe and sandals standing beside him.) I mean, can you believe this?! We’re being overrun! They’re going to breed us out of existence! It’s crazy – am I right?… Read the rest
Writing inspiration comes from all kinds of places and circumstances. I never know when something is going to spark an idea. That’s why I have an ever-growing list of “writing topics” that includes everything from blogs to books. I suspect that the day I catch up with the list will be the day I go to spend eternity with the Author of the greatest love story ever told.… Read the rest
I just discovered an early American woman journalist. Born June 11, 1769 in Baltimore, Maryland, Anne Newport grew up on the Pennsylvania frontier. The family was very poor, and after her father died, Anne’s mother took the family south to the mountains of Virginia (now West Virginia). Anne, age 18, and her mother became servants in the home of Major William Royall, a wealthy Revolutionary War veteran.… Read the rest
A U.S. House Homeland Security Committee field hearing titled, “Crisis on the Texas Border: Surge of Unaccompanied Minors,” was conducted in McAllen on July 3.
Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw was among those who testified. He said unaccompanied Central American children are continuing to make the journey to the United States through Texas in record numbers; and
• U.S. Border Patrol detention facilities in the Rio Grande Valley and elsewhere are overwhelmed;… Read the rest
Have you heard of the Goliath Bird Eating Spider? If not, Google it and/or do a YouTube search. I’d never heard of this gigantic tarantula until last night, when Mrs. Sweetie and I spent time with an amazing young woman and her family. A 2009 graduate of Azle High School, where she was a classmate and friend of our favorite son, she went on to complete a BS in Chemistry from Baylor, and is now working toward an MS in Sustainability from Arizona State.… Read the rest