Opinion

That’s the amount of a phony invoice submitted by electrical contractor Calvin Walker to the Beaumont Independent School District. Walker admitted as part of his plea deal he “altered” that $382,975.32 invoice. According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney, the invoice actually turned out to be a quote and was not a purchase order, thus the items the invoice slated for purchase were never actually bought by Walker – and Walker’s check payable to that wholesaler in the amount of $382,975.32 was never presented to the wholesaler or negotiated.

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There’s an old, old, adage taken from Shakespeare that goes, “A rose by any other name smells as sweet.” No doubt a tax by any other name is still a tax. Conservative columnist Cal Thomas, a chief apologist for the Republican Party, finally uttered something I agree with. Thomas, in a recent piece commenting on the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act, said that any time you take money from the people and give it to the government, it’s a tax.

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The agony and the ecstasy spawned by the current redistricting dustup on the Beaumont City Council is an unfortunate turn of events that didn’t have to happen – but it did.

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The story of a Groves family who turned to friends and strangers to help their diabetic son live a better life has taken an unexpected turn. The saga began when Ryan and Tara McLeod heard about service dogs who could detect if their young son Racer, who has Type 1 Diabetes, has blood sugar that’s too high or too low.

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There was once a farmer who decided he would save money, so instead of buying the full sack of seed corn, he bought only two-thirds of the amount he had purchased the year before. After sowing the seeds on his field, he eventually harvested the crop. To his great surprise, the crop had only yielded two-thirds of the bounty of the season before.

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As acronym, means ‘Forsaking All, I Trust Him’

 

Some folks will live a life of faith because they simply cannot understand the simplicity of the matter. The object of our faith, Christ Jesus, is very complex and the cost He paid cannot be measured, but trusting that is simple and available to all who will choose to believe. In fact, it is so simple that many will miss it, and even people who call themselves Christian do not walk by faith day by day.
God’s greatness exceeds human comprehension.

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While America may have embraced the idea that we welcome “your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” history has taught that no segment of the population has been given “inalienable” rights unless they were willing to fight for them. Likewise, the struggle for commensurate pay has long been a bone of contention between those in power and those who just want to be treated fairly.

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Of late, I have been giving serious thought to simply giving up. It occurs to me that I could be wrong about my philosophy of life and economic policy of the United States. I’ve always thought that if you infused enough money into the lower end of the economic spectrum, rich folks would figure out a way to end up with most of it. Alas, perhaps there is some chance that the Koch brothers, right-wing nuts and other Republicans are right.

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With the departure of Beaumont Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Carrol Thomas looming ever closer with each passing week, most taxpayers will undoubtedly breathe a sigh of relief when Butch finally heads for his retirement villa – or wherever one of the most highly compensated public school officials in Texas will go to count his millions.

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One of the worst decisions ever made by the Supreme Court of the United States was the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, decided by a 5-4 vote, mainly along partisan lines. Members of the Supreme Court appointed by Republicans, who have decried for years activists judges who choose to legislate from the bench, are responsible not only for this bad decision, but for the decision subverting the electoral process in the state of Florida and installing George W. Bush as president.

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