Opinion

This week, the State Department denied TransCanada’s permit to develop a proposed 1,700-mile pipeline that crosses the American-Canadian border. This pipeline, know as Keystone XL, would transport crude oil and bitumen, a tarry pre-oil material mined in Canada’s tar sands, from Alberta, Canada, to the Texas Gulf Coast.

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The news media reported recently the federal government had passed out $30 million to various law enforcement agencies throughout Texas. U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson proudly announced she had seen to it the checks went out promptly and were distributed throughout Texas. This $30 million represents proceeds gleaned by seizing contraband while prosecuting the war on drugs. While I appreciate as a taxpaying citizen of Texas the fact that $30 million will be infused into Texas, I have serious misgivings about making our law enforcement personnel bounty hunters.

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice this week trying to force enforcement of the state’s new voter ID law requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification before voting. Although the Voter ID bill was declared an “emergency” by Gov. Rick Perry before the last legislative session, it cannot be enforced until it is “precleared” by the DOJ.

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When the Republican governor of Nebraska raised objections last fall to the Keystone XL pipeline because it crossed the Ogallala Aquifer – that state’s major source of fresh water for drinking and agriculture – you’d think it might have blunted talk that President Obama was a job-killer who hated the internal combustion engine and the fuel that makes it go.

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Tip O’Neill, former Speaker of the House of Representatives in Washington, once said money was the mother’s milk of politics. If this is true, based on recent happenings in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, voters are about to see “Big Momma” in action.

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I want to live a Colossians, Chapter 3 lifestyle. Will you join me in this in 2012?

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Sometimes politicians seem to be like wives. Over and over I’m told by many of our clients who are widowed or divorced that they didn’t truly appreciate their spouse when they were around. They seldom understood the value of a companion, particularly one who went about doing good things without seeking appropriate recognition.

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Recently, a friend related his experience with a medical problem. After lengthy waits to get medical attention, he went to the hospital ER. His complaints were low-grade fever and in general feeling bad. After being admitted to the hospital and receiving a battery of tests, no major problems were indicated. Finally it was determined that a boil on his rear was his only ailment. When I was a child, my dad lanced a big boil on my knee by sticking it with a sewing needle and mashed it until a core popped out.

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The name Steve Jobs is synonymous with technology and inventions that cause the world to marvel. He was a visionary, often far ahead of his time, and many of us rely daily on the things he helped create. We rush out to buy Apple products, brag about what they can do, and stand in long lines to be among the first to try the next big thing.

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During three public hearings this past week, some members of the Beaumont Independent School District Board of Trustees were more concerned about past transgressions than they were about the will of the people to change from a seven single-member districts to five single-members districts with two at-large positions.

The people have spoken, and it is time that board members stuck in the past give way to the future and stop looking back. Yes, there were egregious acts that took place for which there was no excuse. It was wrong and it was changed.

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