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Wed
18
Oct
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State creates mental health task force for Harveyaffected schools

by ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Oct. 11 announced the establishment of the Hurricane Harvey Task Force on School Mental Health Supports to deliver needed attention to schools and higher education institutions impacted by the storm.

The Texas Education Agency, acting on orders from Gov. Greg Abbott, is spearheading the effort in partnership with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Texas Health and Human Services Commission, in collaboration with the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute. The task force will develop a list of tiered supports and resources that can be used by school leaders to address the mental health needs of affected staff, students and families.

 

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Wed
18
Oct
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The NFL anthem protests must end

By JIM SNYDER

I really hope the majority of sports fans are fed up with the pettiness of the NFL players protesting the National Anthem. The only redeeming quality that has come from all of this is the fact that the NFL has lost viewers and revenue due to their inability to stop this. This entire embarrassment could have been avoiding had the NFL and the owners had the backbone to tell their employees (yes, that’s what they are) to knock it off and grow up.

Some of the reasons given by the players for their disrespect has included police brutality, oppression by America as a whole, and unfair treatment. Many of these players really don’t know why they are doing it other than they just want to be part of the protest for the attention. So let’s look at some of their reasons given.

 

Wed
11
Oct
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The man (or woman) in the mirror

By TONI WALKER

In 1988, Michael Jackson released “Man in the Mirror.” In it, he talks about the problems he saw on a daily basis… children who did not have enough to eat, people with nowhere to go…all problems will still see and face today.

It is easy to look at a person in any particular situation and say “They need to change. They need to work harder to be better.” And many times, people could do better for themselves. However, it is going to take so much more than wanting other people to change before our country will be back where it needs to be.

 

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Wed
11
Oct
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Abbott, Texas delegation ask Congress for hurricane relief funds

by ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and members of Lone Star State’s congressional delegation last week signed a letter seeking $18.7 billion in Texas-specific Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery funding in the next federal supplemental appropriations bill.

Meanwhile, the Texas Department of Emergency Management Commission is working with county judges and mayors to secure funding and resources requested by those local officials.

 

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Wed
04
Oct
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Governor applauds TxDOT efforts in removal of hurricane debris

By ED STERLING, Texas Press Association

 

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 27 announced the Texas Department of Transportation had collected more than 2.4 million cubic feet of debris left behind by Hurricane Harvey in roadways across the four districts hardest hit by the storm.

TxDOT is continuing to assist in the removal of debris from roadsides in Corpus Christi, Houston, Beaumont and a number of areas along the Gulf Coast region, Abbott said in a news release. “This is a tall order, but I want to assure Texans that TxDOT is up to the challenge and has already made great progress. We will not rest until this important job is finished, and we are working to do so as quickly as possible,” he added.

Wed
04
Oct
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Dear Hillary, here’s what really happened

By JIM SNYDER

Well, it seems that Hillary Clinton’s blame game tour continues. Clinton recently released her latest book titled “What Happened.” The book takes you down a long path of blaming everyone in recorded history for her 2016 presidential loss. The only person she can’t bring herself to blame is herself.

Trying to read this book or listening to the audio version of “What Happened” is a painful experience. It can only be compared to having a root canal and hemorrhoid surgery at the same time. So let’s look at what really happened.

 

 

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Wed
27
Sep
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Governor extends aid for widespread needs caused by Hurricane Harvey

By ED STERLING, Texas Press Association

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 20 extended his state disaster declaration for 60 counties affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“As Texans continue to recover from this storm, I want to make it absolutely clear that the State of Texas will be there every step of the way. This disaster declaration extension will help ensure affected communities continue to get the resources they need to rebuild and return to full operation. Although the road to recovery will be long, Texas is fully committed to doing everything we can to assist those in need along the way,” Abbott said.

State disaster declarations must be renewed every 30 days for assistance to remain available, and Abbott said he would continue to renew the declarations as needed.

Wed
27
Sep
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“You can’t go back and change the beginning…”

C.S. Lewis once said “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” I found this quote on Facebook one day, and thought how much this actually applies today.

Now, you know I don’t like to write political columns, and this is not entirely a political column. However, this directly applies to the state of our country and relations to each other, so I will touch on it first. I hear man people fussing about how slavery was wrong and we need to acknowledge that by removing items that are offensive due to their ties to the slave era. Well, if we remove history, and don’t talk about it because it offends certain segments of the population, isn’t that trying to go back and change the past?

Wed
20
Sep
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Not everyone is doing it

By REBECCA SMITH

A funny thing seems to happen when we are surveyed about the behaviors of other people. In research about multiple topics, people often think others behave worse than they do.

So much for having faith in humanity!

This phenomenon is true about underage drinking. I give dozens of presentations a year to students and adults as part of my work with the Northeast Texas Coalition Against Substance Abuse. I often ask them to raise their hands and guess what the percentage is of students who drink.

They almost always guess the percentage is higher than it actually is.

Wed
20
Sep
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Citizens, government agencies continue hurricane recovery work

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ED STERLING, Texas Press Association

AUSTIN — Help-is-on-the-way announcements from the governor’s office came last week as residents of hardhit counties of the state labored to pull themselves out the watery mire and windblown nightmare of Hurricane Harvey.

On Sept. 14, Gov. Greg Abbott spotlighted Texas Department of Transportation contractors’ efforts to remove debris along state roadways in the Coastal Bend, the area that took a full frontal assault from the deadly storm that plowed ashore and battered Texas in late August and early September.

“The cleanup in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is a job that will take months for Texans to complete,” Abbott said, “but our state agencies have been poised and ready to begin the work of clearing our roads and public spaces of the oftentimes dangerous debris left by this storm.”

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