Letters to the Editor

Mon
06
Jan

Editorial: Stocks soar, most Americans just sore

One of the prime indicators we use to judge American economic health is the U.S. stock market. By stock standards, 2013 was a banner year, seeing a 26 percent annual gain and finishing at a record mark of 16,576.

Do you feel the economy is off and running again? Are your pockets overstuffed with cash? In most of the country – where we don't spend all day trading stocks on Wall Street – we missed out on that historic success.

Corporate America dodged the New Years hangover with a very profitable year in 2013. Walmart saw profits rise 10 percent to $16 billion. The pharmaceutical company Pfizer pocketed $17 billion, and Apple led the top 10 with $46 billion in profit. Among the top 10 were two oil companies, two banks and three computer/software companies. Among them, they earned roughly $240 billion in profits last year.

Mon
06
Jan

Column: Differentiate news from entertainment

By MIKe Eddleman
Editor and Publisher

I don’t care what inspired Miley Cyrus’ hair. I don’t care to see Kim Kardashian’s latest “selfie” or how treacherous Kanye West believes his stage show can be. I don’t care who is pregnant on “Teen Mom,” “Teen Mom 2” or “16 and Pregnant.”
When Justin Bieber wipes out on a skateboard, it is not headline news. Is it important to us to know who the best celebrity dog parents were in 2013?

Before the age of mass media we had a pretty clear definition of news. Today everything is treated like news and we blur the lines of what holds significance in our world. We believe in the United States that we are well-informed, educated consumers of news, but I am not always so sure. It all depends on how we define “news” today.

Mon
06
Jan

Bus manager thanks parents

I wanted to give a big shout out to the parents, grandparents and guardians in our community! Because of your cooperation in having your children ready to be picked up by the bus each morning, you assist our drivers in having them at school on time to eat breakfast and be in their classes on time! Thank you so much for your cooperation. I further want to thank you for talking with your children about bus safety rules and the importance of these rules to ensure their safety and being respectful to the bus driver and their procedures in getting them to and from school. On behalf of the Mexia ISD transportation department we want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful and safe New Year! If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call, email or fax me. I will be more than happy to answer any concerns. Again, thanks for your support!
Alvis Minter
Mexia ISD Director,
Transportation, Custodial and Maintenance

Mon
06
Jan

Editorial: We should simply be resolute

It is that time of year when we all toy with the idea of New Years resolutions.

Will we resolve to diet and exercise more, stop smoking, save money, work harder or call home more often?

Resolutions are as plentiful as the people who make them and often fade as we settle into the grind of the new year. Perhaps, though, we do not give ourselves enough opportunity to succeed with these plans to better ourselves. If for months we have done nothing to curb our sweet tooth and chosen not to exercise at all, then a new diet void of cake, cookies, fried food and soft drinks and a strict workout regimen seem awfully unrealistic.

We are a goal-oriented society, and without specific milestones to reach we often flounder, but if we simplified our plans we might find more success every day. What if your goal was better your life every day?

Fri
22
Nov

Editorial: Show thanks through giving

Slowing down to be thankful for all the good in our lives is something far too often left out of our busy schedules.

This time of year we are best at being thankful, though, by reminding friends and family what they mean to us. We display our gratitude for the good things in life and the strength to manage the challenges and pitfalls during the holidays better than at any other time.

But it is important we do not stop with words of thanks, but mix in the deeds of giving that share our good fortune with others. We must remember that it is the giving spirit that best shows our thanks.

Fri
22
Nov

Column: Anderson’s unjust punishment an injustice for everyone

Both Michael Morton, convicted in 1987 of murdering his wife, and Ken Anderson, the district judge and former district attorney that prosecuted Morton, will be enjoying the holidays at home with their families.

The travesty here is that Morton does so after being wrongfully convicted of murder and spending 25 years of his life in prison. Anderson is home following a 10-day sentence for contempt of court.

Our judicial system should be embarrassed that it can dole out a life sentence to an innocent man then turn around decades later and send the man found guilty of withholding evidence in the case to jail for a little over a week.

Fri
15
Nov

Human slavery rampant even today

Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln’s historic speech at the dedication of the national cemetery established to honor those killed at the battle of Gettysburg.

It was in the midst of a time the United States was struggling over many issues, slavery among them.

Slavery was not an American phenomenon, but a tragic circumstance of humanity dating back to our beginnings. Emancipation in the United States put us on the path to righting this wrong, but we should not turn a blind eye to the realities of slavery worldwide today.
It is estimated that 30 million people live in slavery today, primarily through indebtedness or international sex trade. If we stop for a moment and think about how inconceivable it is for us today to believe one person could have the right of ownership over another, we know this is a practice that can’t be ignored and certainly never tolerated.

Fri
15
Nov

Column: Have you listened to yourself lately?

By Mike Eddleman

Have you ever heard yourself sing? I don’t mean hearing yourself in real time as you sing along at the top of your lungs to your favorite tunes. I mean going through that emotional meat grinder of being faced with the evidence of your special brand of musical butchering.

If you haven’t, I suggest you do, as it is very revealing. It is also humbling, painful and, if you are really lucky like me, it will be so bad not even you could take it seriously enough to keep a straight face.

I believe we make two key mistakes in communicating. The first is we do not listen to what other people have to say. The second, which I believe to be more problematic and ties directly into the concept of listening to our own singing voices, is we don’t listen to what we ourselves have to say.

Fri
15
Nov

Think before speaking

“The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
George Bernard Shaw could have never dreamed that this quote could say much more than the 14 words he took to say them. Communication is the beginning and the end of many great relationships. Shaw, however, never knew that communication would grow the lengths that it has today.

Mon
04
Nov

Editorial: Cast vote to solve water needs

Texans have the opportunity to consider nine amendments to the Texas Constitution Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The nine amendments cover a variety of topics from reverse mortgages to eliminating an already-obsolete State Medical Education Fund.

The key ballot issue, though, is Proposition 6, which would add funding and new financing options for future state water planning.

The amendment would allow the state to take $2 billion from the Rainy Day fund for water projects. It would also establish two new funds separate from the state’s general fund to finance future water projects. The Rainy Day Fund is currently estimated to be at $8 billion.

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