Voters will have more options when presenting personal identification at the polls for the November 8 general election, Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos announced last week.
Pursuant to an Aug. 10 federal court order, Cascos said, if a voter is not able to obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID, the voter may vote by: (1) signing a declaration at the polls explaining why the voter is unable to obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID; and (2) providing one of various forms of supporting documentation.
Supporting documentation can be an original, certified birth certificate, a valid voter registration certificate or one of the following:
• Current utility bill;
• Bank statement;
• Government check;
• Other government document that shows the name and address of the voter.… Read the rest
It’s hard not to chuckle when you hear someone say these are the worst times in American history and that this is the most important election ever.
We’ve been way worse off.
Oh, there’s plenty to complain about – “two horrible choices for president, the incredible laziness of today’s youth, and the ‘entitled’ mind-set of many Americans today” to name a few.
None of this holds a candle to what went on in the 1960’s.
You think there are race issues now? Ha!
In the ‘60’s, there were race riots all over the United States with cities burning for days: Detroit, Newark, New York City, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Baltimore to name just a very few.… Read the rest
I am typically loathe to comment publicly on politics, but the current election cycle has stirred up some issues that I believe to be relevant to every person, particularly people of faith.
The stage is set. Both of the major political parties have settled on their nominees for the highest office in the land. In less than one hundred days, the next President of the United States will have been elected and it will be either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.
How in the world did we get here? How should people of faith respond? Which candidate poses the greatest risk to the cause of Christ in the world?… Read the rest
Author’s Note: I promised Mark Campbell, Azle News editor, that I would write an occasional new column to use instead of one of the reruns. Being a newlywed and also traveling have kept me so happily busy that I am just now getting around to writing the first new column.
Stagecoach travel certainly represented a major part of the American West. My new husband, Fred Barnes, knows my love of Western history, so he kept that in mind in making hotel reservations for a trip to Wyoming in late June. We attended the Western Writers of America convention in Cheyenne. He saw an advertisement for an “historic” old inn called the Stage Stop Hotel in Springfield, Colo., which was a real crossroads for travel in earlier days.… Read the rest
Three University of Texas professors are seeking a temporary injunction “to at least retain the option of maintaining their academic classrooms as gun-free zones when classes start again.”
In a motion filed in connection with a federal lawsuit filed July 6, the professors are asking the court to bar enforcement of the law when the UT fall semester begins Aug. 24. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a brief in opposition.
In an Aug. 4 hearing, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ordered the university to clarify its campus-carry policy on Aug. 8 and for parties present their arguments again on Aug.… Read the rest
The first was back in the 1970s when I predicted that I could decide if I would get along with a person just by checking out the pre-sets on their vehicle radio. That worked great – I probably wasn’t going to hang with a guy who listened to WBAP (which played country music back then).
The second theory involved the manner in which couples were introduced to others. The dominant person in the relationship was always referred to first: Bill and Cindy.… Read the rest
I am a coach – not the kind of coach that stands on the sidelines calling plays, sending signals, and wearing my voice out – I am what is sometimes referred to as a Life Coach.
You have probably heard the term but may not have a clue what it is (other than some trendy psycho-babble-ish term that people call themselves who want to give you the six secrets to ultimate happiness). Now, if you think that I possess the six secrets to ultimate happiness and are willing to pay me a lot for my great wisdom, maybe we can talk.… Read the rest
This column first appeared Dec. 28, 1978.
Have you ever thought about how many of our comments and expressions that make our language colorful are holdovers from the period in our history that emphasized a pioneer, or at least rural experience?
Children growing up in an urban society have no practical knowledge of the situations that created the expressions, and thus may miss the deeper meaning to the language.
An example is the expression, “don’t get the cart before the horse.”
Thanks to Gunsmoke and other TV westerns, kids these days at least know that horses once pulled carts and know which goes first.… Read the rest
A women’s health program is in effect and ready to deliver more care to more women statewide who are 15 to 44 years old and whose income is up to 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines.
Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Charles Smith, in a joint announcement on July 25, said they expect the “new and improved” Healthy Texas Women program to serve some 300,000 women, while earlier programs served 270,000 women. Participation for minors will require parental consent.
Nelson, current chair of the state Senate Finance Committee and former chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, said the program combines and streamlines two of the state’s previous women’s health programs to provide a full range of women’s health services, including:
• Pregnancy testing and counseling;
• Family planning;
• Breast and cervical cancer screenings;
• Screenings and treatment for diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol; and more.… Read the rest
I just spent a week at a mountain resort community because I am insanely wealthy.
Ha! I joke! Actually, I have a friend who has an in at a cabin in New Mexico and that’s why we enjoyed the 50 degree weather every morning.
But there was an issue up there.
(I’m excluding bear concerns which are ever-present in the mountains. When hiking we constantly marched around spinning about, clapping our hands, whistling, and singing Air Supply to keep the world’s most dangerous animal away from us. It worked; no bears approached us – and no people, either.)
The issue in the mountains was the Red River – which, in places, you can jump flat-footed across.… Read the rest