Commentary

When questioned about state funding of education, I have often said the cost of ignorance is far greater than the cost of educating young people in Texas. One only has to compare our prison system to our schools. We pay as much as $40,000 a year to incarcerate a young person and $8,746 per year to teach one. Even so, our legislature seems intent on continuing to squeeze both public and higher education. The cost of Texas being without an adequately prepared workforce in the next generation will be a tremendously high, the price paid for doing nothing.

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There’s an old Southern gospel song I remember from my youth. Beaumont song leader Melvin Elkins will likely remember this one, too, from his more than 40 years of singing in churches large and small: “This world is not my home. I’m just a passin’ through.” The premise of this song is that while we spend our allotted years here on earth, Christians must keep in mind that we are not going to be here forever.

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From Jan. 27 through Feb. 1, 2013, I participated in an executive education program titled “Shaping Healthcare Delivery Policy” at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Boston, Mass. In more than 54 hours of case studies, presentations and dialogue, we examined creative approaches to solving complex healthcare problems, including ways of fulfilling the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim: improving care, improving health and decreasing cost.

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Lamar Texas Academy for Leadership in the Humanities (TALH) students volunteered their time Saturday, Jan. 26, to a Habitat for Humanity project in Port Arthur.

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The Fiat 500 Abarth’s unique look makes it a head turner.

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Many of us can discuss the latest sports news with vigor, debate the crazy lifestyles of our favorite celebrities, and argue the fine points of politics and public policy, but we are often blissfully ignorant about how our dependence on the Internet has made us vulnerable to attacks that can close our banks, disrupt our communications, shut down our utilities, and otherwise destroy much of what makes our life possible in the 21st century.

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Gov. Rick Perry

It was the usual crowd for Gov. Rick Perry’s annual State of the State address at the capitol – a joint session of the Texas Legislature with House members joined by Senators on chairs set up in the aisle of the House chamber, various state officials, staffers and reporters alongside tourists and various delegations in town for the day, all gathered to hear what the longest-serving governor in Texas history had to say now.

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While Kent Keith has not said such to me, it seems obvious that at the root of The Paradoxical Commandments are the virtues of personal passion, trust and hope. It seems that the leadership required for the transformation of healthcare will embrace those commandments and will exhibit the Personal Mastery describe by Peter Senge. 

 

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Many of those who have a family, go to church, and are involved in day-to-day activities, still they have a way of saving up many pent emotions, feelings and even words. With the slightest of triggers, they find themselves lashing out at others during this time because they are basically unhappy, out to prove a matter, or generally miserable. No one that I know of really has a Norman Rockwell painting lifestyle. Some have beautiful homes, money to buy great gifts, and have food in abundance, but someone has worked hard to put all of that together.

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A local boy is one of Southeast Texas’ newest Eagle Scouts after he collected coats, sweaters and blankets for the Salvation Army in Orange.

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