Opinion

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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Dear Rick,

Please come home. Texas needs you! It appears very unlikely that you’re going to receive the nomination as a Republican candidate for president of the United States.

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Determining what interests most of our friends and relatives would be a fun thing in my opinion. I’d like to know what these people I love and admire value and put stock in these days. With all of the commentary and writing about the banking industry and the loss of funds, changes in savings plans, retirement benefits, and the constant drain on our wallets, have we changed our perspective, or are we still all about making that next dollar?

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We had an election last May where Beaumont residents chose some new members of the Beaumont Independent School District board of trustees. Also on the ballot was a referendum issue asking if voters favored altering BISD’s method of electing trustees from seven at-large members to one that had five single-member districts with two members elected at large.

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During the last session of the Legislature, the phoniest piece of legislation passed was the Voter ID Bill. Passed off as an effort to stop voter fraud, this legislation is being recognized as simply a partisan effort on the part of Republican right-wingers to reduce the number of people voting. The legislation smelled so bad the U.S. Department of Justice, under the Voting Rights Act, is holding up its implementation.

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Do you ever join me in feeling like when you take one step forward, someone or some thing pushes you two steps backward? Not a good feeling, is it? Perhaps we need to look at our adversities or hard places from a different viewpoint. It is most often in these times in our lives that God is “growing us” to become people He can and will use to do His will here on earth.

A friend shared a great little story with me that advances this point of view. I decided I’d like to share it with our readers.

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Recently two phenomena have arisen in national politics, one the Tea Party and the other the Occupy Wall Street movement. In many ways, both represent shortcomings of too many American citizens. These shortcomings may be the reason that our national government does not seem to be working like it should. They also may be the reason too many Americans don’t like the politicians who currently represent us.

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A passage in the Bible states that when the leaders have no vision, the people perish. It is amazing to me that leaders of both parties are so caught up with partisanship that nobody has recognized the quickest and best long-term path to prosperity for America and its citizens lies in education. It is the one sure way to make us once again a leader in the world and to stop the serious decline of our middle class. Failure to have this vision will result in more and more phenomena such as “Occupy Wall Street.”

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As various Republicans vie for the right to face the president of the United States in the 2012 election, Texans watched with more than passing interest as the man who has been their governor longer than any chief executive in Lone Star state history lurched into the race earlier this year.

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