Columns/Opinions

Fri
02
Jan

Authoritarian regimes flex censorship muscles

These past few weeks have been a troubling time for freedom of expression, with tyrannical regimes managing to put points on the board largely through the timidity of free societies. That was the dynamic we saw at work last week, when Sony Picturesdecided to cancel the release of its film “The Interview” after threats from hackers allegedly associated with North Korea. Now a similar dynamic is playing out in Russia, and Facebook is the party suffering from a deficiency of backbone.

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Tue
30
Dec

Karen Jo Vance retires as Orange County Clerk

by George Garza

In a surprise move, long time Orange County Clerk Karen Jo Vance has decided to forgo taking office for sixth term and will retire from her elected office as of December 28th. “Its official now,” said Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux on Christmas Eve. “I’m told she has filed her paperwork for retirement and has cleaned out her office.

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Tue
30
Dec

Water district seeks City’s help in finding grant

by George Garza

The Orange County Water Control and Improvement District #1 is working with the City of Vidor to apply for Community Development Block Grant Funding to replace private service lines on private property. According to Norman Blackman, OCWC&ID#1 manager, Water Control and Improvement Districts in the state are not authorized to apply for the federal funding to help private residents of low to moderate income replace their aging or leaking sewer service lines on their property.

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Fri
26
Dec

State contract with tech firm prompts calls for probe

By Ed Sterling
 
Fri
26
Dec

Kindness and generosity have lasting effect

If you find yourself having a case of the holiday blues, we urge you to track down the CBS News report on this year’s Secret Santa. You might recall the original Secret Santa, Larry Stewart, a Kansas City resident, who gave away an estimated $1.3 million from 1979 until 2006. In 2006 Stewart revealed his identity before dying from esophageal cancer.
 
Wed
24
Dec

Beaumont Police are seeking witnesses

by George Garza

Beaumont Police Department Sergeant Rob Flores of the department’s Police Community Relations Division reported on Wednesday that the preliminary autopsy report in the death of thirty-nine year-old Tammy Carraway of Vidor indicates that the cause of her death appears to be blunt force trauma to her head.

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Wed
24
Dec

Police to target impaired driving in Vidor during holidays

by George Garza

This is the season for joyous celebrations with family, friends and co-workers. It seems like everyone we know has received and invitation to attend a Christmas party or New Year’s party or both. The Vidor Police Department wants everyone to have a wondrous and happy holiday season and they will be out working to make sure it is also a safe season to drive on Vidor’s streets and highways.

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Thu
18
Dec

Panel sets $7 billion minimum for Rainy Day Fund

AUSTIN — On Dec. 11, a Senate-House joint committee empaneled to adopt a sufficient balance for the state’s “rainy day fund” approved $7 billion as the floor for it. Properly titled the Economic Stabilization Fund, the oil and gas tax-fueled pool of money was created by constitutional amendment in 1988 when oil was selling as low as $10 a barrel, causing state coffers to run thin. Calculated at $6.7 billion last August, the fund previously had no required minimum. The maximum the fund may hold is capped at 10 percent of the state’s general revenue during the previous two-year budget cycle.

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Thu
18
Dec

Gruber should apologize for actions, not words

Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber is awesome. Americans suffering from Obamacare don’t owe him forgiveness for his words. We owe him gratitude. Sometimes it is not the thought that counts most. It is the result. Gruber spent much of a four-hour congressional hearing Tuesday delivering a dramatic, unconditional apology that will go down in history. The MIT economist regrets insulting others to make himself look smarter. He apologized for calling Americans stupid during multiple lectures he never expected would show up on YouTube. He is sorry for being “arrogant” and “glib.” He is sorry for boasting about an intentional “lack of transparency” to obscure the true toll Obamacare would take on some Americans. He apologized for revealing that few would have accepted the law, had they known the truth. He really took one for the old team.

Wed
17
Dec

Perry directs state agencies to screen employees

by Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry on Dec. 3 ordered state agencies to check the employment eligibility of current and prospective employees by using E-Verify, an Internetbased system that allows employers to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.
 

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