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EDITORIAL: Good job, TAPS board. Now don’t mess it up.

Watching TAPS Public Transit try to recover from its deep financial hole is like watching a snail run a marathon. Still progress has been made. The Grayson County Commissioners Court’s decision on Tuesday to give TAPS $20,000 to find a company to take over management of the limping transit agency is another mile marker.

LARRY PHILLIPS: House committee examines parks

Interim charges are the issues that the Speaker asks committees to study during the time between regular legislative sessions in order to make recommendations for legislation for the following legislative session. This week I will discuss the interim charges recently issued to the House Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism. Often referred to as the “Bubbas and Ballet” committee, it has oversight of Texas Parks & Wildlife, the Historical Commission, and the Texas Commission on the Arts. The committee also will study issues pertaining state parks, such as the Eisenhower State Park, the Bonham State Park, and the Cooper Lake State Park.

MOMENTS WITH THE MINISTER: Understanding your anger

Recently someone was talking about the question, “What Would Jesus Do?” and said, “Grabbing a whip and turning over tables is within the realm of possibility.” This comes from the cleansing of the temple, when Jesus was angry that they had corrupted true worship by making the temple a market place (Matthew 21:12-13). Jesus was also angry with the unbelief and “stubborn hearts” of the Jewish leaders (Mark 3:5).

MOMENTS WITH THE MINISTER: No Door Can Keep Him Out

Recently, I’ve been studying the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the book of John. There, an interesting story occurs when the disciples realize Jesus is truly alive for the very first time after His death. In that story, the disciples are huddled up in a house, behind a locked door for fear that the same people who arrested Jesus, put together a trial in the middle of the night and were successful in getting Him crucified might be gunning for them as well. In that story, Jesus passes through locked doors, and appears in the room in the midst of the disciples. Realistically, they are terrified to say the least, and twice Christ has to say “Peace be to you.”

LARRY PHILLIPS: Committee to examine county issues

Interim charges are the issues that the Speaker asks committees to study during the time between regular legislative sessions in order to make recommendations for legislation for the following legislative session. This week I will discuss the interim charges recently issued to the House Committee on County Affairs. The committee studies many areas pertaining to county government, including the statutory duties of local elected officials, disaster preparedness and emergency coordination, and oversight of the county jail system.

COMMENTARY: Open carry myths

On January 1, 2016, House Bill 910 went into effect, making open carry of modern handguns legal in Texas for handgun license holders. As the legislation’s author in the Texas House of Representatives and its sponsor in the Texas Senate, we repeatedly assured our colleagues that its implementation would be uneventful.

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BRAD DOUGLASS: The cost of low oil prices

The benefits of lower crude oil prices are celebrated by energy consumers all across the globe. They are participating in the largest wealth transfer in history which is estimated to be $1 trillion redistributed from oil producers to oil consumers. This is the sixth time oil prices have plunged in a highly cyclical industry, so let’s pause in our celebration to reflect on the cost of this price decline.

MOMENTS WITH THE MINISTER: Most people are likable — if you know them

There are some people that are just outright unlikable. You probably know a few. I know that I do. They have done things, said things and approved of things that leave no doubt in your mind that they are not to be trusted, befriended or respected. You have firsthand knowledge of their despicable behavior. You may have even given them a chance to redeem themselves, but they consistently exhibit unlikable behavior. Sad but true, there are some people like that.

GOOD MORNING: Dressing up for a new goal

My mother used to love to dress me up. I look just like her so you can think of me as her mini-me mannequin. When I was a child, if we were not dressed just alike, I was dressed in an outfit she wanted for herself if they made it in adult sizes.

EDITORIAL: Sherman’s TRE is a simple calculation

As the Sherman Independent School District board mulls over a Tax Ratification Election there is one really important thing for taxpayers in the SISD to take away: What the board is discussing WILL NOT RAISE YOUR TAX RATE. If the board goes forward with what it has discussed, voting yes for the TRE would decrease one side of the tax rate while increasing the other side by the same amount.

MATTHEW DONOVAN: Americans deserve their fair shot

The word “change” typically makes conservatives in the South uncomfortable. Americans of all backgrounds should challenge this perception. President Obama made it very apparent that political change is necessary when the nation’s dynamic economy changes rapidly.

LARRY PHILLIPS: Committee to look at corrections policies

Interim charges are the issues that the Speaker asks committees to study during the time between regular legislative sessions in order to make recommendations for legislation for the following legislative session. This week I will discuss the interim charges recently issued to the House Committee on Corrections. The committee studies many areas pertaining to the functioning of prisons, inmates, and probation.

MIKE SINCLAIR: A call for better cooperation

President Obama’s final State of the Union address was in part a summation of goals that I believe most Americans would find laudable. Who would disagree with initiatives to raise the general standard of living, eliminate threats to our national security, and broaden the scope of American ingenuity and innovation? When faced with almost universally accepted goals, the key political divide is rooted in a disagreement over how the country should work to achieve these goals. Unfortunately, despite the president’s assertion that there are “areas in which Americans broadly agree,” current political attitudes foster stoic responses from those on opposite sides of the political spectrum.