There are some things that shouldn’t be that hard to figure out. Whether airline passengers should be allowed to use cell phones on planes is one of them.
On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission opened a 60-day comment period during which air travellers can weigh in on this issue. So far, the public has given the Commission a big finger in the form of a thumbs-down.… Read the rest
It seems that some folks heard the phrase “Affordable Health Care Act” and a voice in their head said, “You had me at affordable.”
Unfortunately, endless accounts from people who checked into it revealed that their deductible as well as their premium would be soaring to incredibly high levels. Many also complained that they had to accept coverage that simply didn’t match their needs.… Read the rest
In a Jan. 4 editorial in the Hood County News I proposed that a 25-cent increase in the cost of an alcoholic beverage could help reduce teen drinking.
A man thoughtfully responded to this in a letter to the editor questioning my facts based on his experience as both a liquor store owner and raising six teens. I would like to respond to his letter in which he raised several issues.… Read the rest
This week, some unpleasant issues were made public regarding another nonprofit in Hood County.
The board of the Granbury Theatre Company (GTC) fired its executive director, Andrew Barrus, over alleged “misuse of funds.” That is the terminology that was used in written meeting minutes from the board’s November meeting. The Hood County News obtained the minutes through Open Records.
Allegedly, Barrus’ personal funds were co-mingled with theater company funds in an out-of-town bank account that board members believed had been closed.… Read the rest
There are many reasons I refer to my wife Julie as Life Mate other than the obvious reference to longevity of cohabitation.
She is a very gifted writer and recognizes the prerequisites for inspired creativity. Ahem.
Plus, we have raised a son some of whose prominent proclivities are similar to those of his mom.
We’ve been in the retirement mode now for six-plus years, but 18 months ago, Life Mate and Son “conspired” to move us closer to him so, as I half-kidding describe the arrangements, he’ll only have to drive 5-6 minutes instead of a like number of hours in order to put me in an “old folks” home.… Read the rest
Remember when I first told you about being pregnant with my first child? Doesn’t that seem like yesterday?
Would you believe that tomorrow she is going to be 3 years old?!
I can’t get over it. Three years in the blink of an eye.
I can remember almost everything about my pregnancy and just about every last detail of her delivery so well that if I close my eyes, I’m back in those moments.… Read the rest
That’s what they are.
Mothers, fathers, spouses, high school head football coaches.
Maybe in that order.
They’re impact people because they make an impact on your life.
Sometimes that impact takes awhile to develop.
Vic Prince, who passed away this week at age 80, was my head football coach at Granbury High School.
I basically feared him.… Read the rest
In reference to the recent article concerning an extra $.25 for beer equating to less teen drinking: I don’t consider myself an authority on the subject, although I owned the first liquor store in Hood County and raised six teenagers, but I do have a strong opinion on the subject. That is, the price is not a deterrent to drinking, regardless of age.… Read the rest
CMIIW, but TNSTAAFL.
In plain English, that acronym-heavy sentence means: Correct me if I’m wrong, but there’s no such thing as a free lunch.
Those are two of the longer abbreviations Webopedia.com says have been indexed from modern text messaging and online chats.
Abbreviations and acronyms often are necessary, but sometimes the meanings aren’t clear to everyone. We can outsmart ourselves.… Read the rest
Would you be willing to pay an extra 25 cents for a beer or glass of wine if it meant fewer drunken teens?
That is the question being discussed among drug prevention specialists in Texas.
I’m sure it would not surprise you to learn that teenagers are very price sensitive. Most do not have excess funds so they tend to spend carefully.… Read the rest