Columns/Opinions

Tue
19
Nov

Governor reacts to Obama’s health care proposal

By Ed Sterling.

President Obama’s announcement last week proposing an alternative to insurers canceling health insurance plans that no longer meet the federal “Affordable Care” law’s requirement to cover basic benefits like prescription drugs or doctors’ visits drew fire from Gov. Rick Perry. Insurers could offer customers the option to renew their 2013 health plans in 2014, without change, allowing them to keep their plans, the president said.
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Wed
13
Nov

Insignificant

By Genie Ellis Zacharias.

A man who reads lives a thousand lives. A man who doesn’t read lives but one. I read a lot. Some goes in and out of this head, but occasionally things stick. Two thoughts that always stuck with me have to do with conversation and advice. A social gathering over the weekend reminded me with a gentle nudge.
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Wed
13
Nov

Washington’s addiction

Washington spending – it’s not a bad habit, it’s an addiction In the last five years, Washington has governed from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis. Terms like “debt ceiling,” “continuing resolution,” “fiscal cliff,” “sequester,” have become commonplace in our vocabulary. U.S. revenues under the Obama Administration gross a record $3 trillion annually, yet our national debt recently topped $17 trillion.
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Tue
05
Nov

Belle, Tuffy settling in

By Genie Ellis Zacharias.

Gentle readers who follow my column and view our Ranch Tails cartoon strips in The Clifton Record and Meridian Tribune are aware we adopted two dogs a couple of months ago. Time has passed. This reminds me how anything new can be uncertain – even scary – then becomes routine. With occasional surprises of course. Change shakes folks up. There we were, all comfortably mired in our previous configuration, down to one canine and one feline. Then dear old Stinky the Dog had to up and die on us. Boy we miss him. We credit or blame him with sending us these new furry friends. Depends on the day.
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Tue
05
Nov

Appeals court grants stay in abortion law case

By Ed Sterling.

A three-judge panel of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 31 granted the state an emergency stay, allowing a certain contested portion of the Texas abortion law to remain in effect for the time being. The action stems from a case brought by Planned Parenthood Greater Texas Surgical Health Services and more than a dozen other plaintiff entities and individuals who filed suit to stop the state from enforcing two new portions in the abortion law, Chapter 171 of the state Health and Safety Code.
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Tue
29
Oct

Ritual clothes exchange

by Genie Ellis Zacharias

Tue
29
Oct

Turnout for early voting on admendments looks strong

By Ed Sterling
 
Texas voters will decide the fate of nine proposed amendments to the state constitution in the coming election. Early voting began Oct. 21 and runs through Nov. 1. Numbers reported Oct. 25 showed that voting is on track to outpace turnout in recent elections.

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Thu
24
Oct

Federal website glitches derail launch of ObamaCare

by Brett Voss
 
After all of the debating, all of the maneuvering, all of the political bipartisanship and all of the posturing, President Barack Obama finally unveiled his signature piece of legislature to the country in the form of the Affordable Care Act only to be derailed by a computer glitch.
 
Thu
24
Oct

Federal shutdown ends, but issues remain

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — A federal shutdown arching over Texas and the rest of the nation since Oct. 1 resulted in the temporary closure of many facilities and the furloughing of millions of employees. On Oct. 16, the shutdown ended when both houses of Congress adopted a continuing appropriations act that does three things: increases the nation’s debt limit, allows the treasury to pay bills and returns the federal government to full operations, at least until mid-January.
 
Thu
24
Oct

Glitches derail ObamaCare

After all of the debating, all of the maneuvering, all of the political bipartisanship and all of the posturing, President Barack Obama finally unveiled his signature piece of legislature to the country in the form of the Affordable Care Act only to be derailed by a computer glitch.
 

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