Columns and Opinion

Not too early to get in line for PPP 2.0 Loans, NNA says

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The COVID-19 stimulus bill considered in the late days of the 116th Congress is now a law. Before community newspapers can fully avail themselves of the stimulus provisions in the new law, more forms and regulations from the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration must be released.

State Capital HIGHLIGHTS

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It’s a new year, but the news out of the capital continues to focus on COVID-19. Governor Greg Abbott tweeted last week that “a significant portion of vaccines distributed across Texas might be sitting on hospital shelves as opposed to being given to vulnerable Texans.

The Idle American

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Mike Wilson, editor of the Dallas Morning News since 2015, has resigned the position, and the almost six-year tenure probably has seemed much longer. He was charged with what likely is an inevitability, that of converting most delivery of news from “the printed page” to digital transmission.

Rylander Library Book Review

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Where I Come From: Stories From The Deep South by Rick Bragg – Amazon Book Review – from the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All Over but the Shoutin' and The Best Cook in the World, a collection of irresistible columns from Southern Living and Garden & Gun –

La Palabra de Dios Dice

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Santiago 1:1-18 Santiago, siervo de Dios y del Señor Jesucristo, a las doce tribus que están en la dispersión: Salud. La sabiduría que viene de Dios Hermanos míos, tened por sumo gozo cuando os halléis en diversas pruebas, sabiendo que la prueba de vuestra fe produce paciencia. Mas tenga la paciencia su obra completa, para que seáis perfectos y cabales, sin que os falte cosa alguna. Y si alguno de vosotros tiene falta de sabiduría, pídala a Dios, el cual da a todos abundantemente y sin reproche, y le será dada. Pero pida con fe, no dudando nada; porque el que duda es semejante a la onda del mar, que es arrastrada por el viento y echada de una parte a otra. No piense, pues, quien tal haga, que recibirá cosa alguna del Señor. El hombre de doble ánimo es inconstante en todos sus caminos. El hermano que es de humilde condición, gloríese en su exaltación; pero el que es rico, en su humillación; porque él pasará como la flor de la hierba. Porque cuando sale el sol con calor abrasador, la hierba se seca, su flor se cae, y perece su hermosa apariencia; así también se marchitará el rico en todas sus empresas.

State Capital HIGHLIGHT

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Texans urged to roll up their sleeves Governor Greg Abbott and other Texas leaders are rolling up their sleeves to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to encourage the public to follow suit. “I will never ask any Texan to do something that I’m not willing to do myself,” Abbott said before getting vaccinated at a televised event in Austin.

Anne's Musings

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This morning, as every morning, I was met outside in the predawn hours by my exceedingly large, exceedingly affectionate “fat cat.” Bustopher is his name and if you remember the Andrew Lloyd Webber wonderful stage play (we don’t speak of the movie; it was not a winner like the play, which is one of the longest running musicals in modern history!), you will recognize the lyrics, “Bustopher Jones is not skin and bones! In fact, he’s incredibly fat! He’s a twenty-five pounder! He is a bounder! He’s the Saint James’ Street cat!”

State Capital HIGHLIGHTS

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Public access to Legislature up in the air When the Texas Legislature convenes January 12, a key question is how the public will have access to their lawmakers during the pandemic. State Representative Briscoe Cain, R-Deer Park, is asking Attorney General Ken Paxton to issue an opinion about whether the Capitol building must be open during the legislative session.