The Sumptuous Hills of Gulfport by Vincent Spina

by Katherine Hoerth

Nov. 27, poet Vincent Spina visited Lamar University to give a reading and meet with students. Spina is the author of a new poetry collection released this month from Lamar University Literary Press titled The Sumptuous Hills of Gulfport. This book paints a portrait both of the author’s home, a quirky Gulf Coast beach town in Florida, and Spina himself. It also includes references to Beaumont, a place Spina says he has a special connection to. I sat down to chat with him about his latest book, poetry, and the writing life.

Finn the German Shepherd

Finn is a 68-pound Shepherd mix. Finn is an adult male and is very energetic and silly, fun-loving doggie just begging for attention. He craves affection and prefers to be the only dog being loved on. Finn would do well with older children because of his very playful disposition. Sadly, Finn has been at Beaumont Animal Care since Nov. 6, and no one has shown interest in this fine fellow! He deserves more than a life at the shelter. Visit Finn at 1884 Pine St., Beaumont.

James Holly, M.D.

In 2009, the New York Times published an extensive article that promoted the rationing of healthcare as the only way to manage future costs. Subsequent letters to the editor responded positively and negatively to the article written by Peter Singer of Princeton University, Previously, Singer wrote a letter to the 1985 Journal of Pediatrics in which he argued that a pig might have greater value than a human child who was born with severe birth defects.

Pictured is the 2017 Honda Pilot Elite

Honda Pilot first entered the midsize sport utility vehicle scene in 2003, and for 2017, Pilot continues to offer an attractive, fuel-efficient vehicle with thoughtful interior design. With a starting MSRP of $30,745, the 2017 Honda Pilot is available in five trims — LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite — and eight exterior colors, including hues such as Obsidian Blue Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl and White Diamond Pearl.

Inside, Honda Pilot offers seating for up to eight. (The Honda Pilot Elite model has second-row captain’s chairs for a seven-passenger configuration.)