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LARRY PHILLIPS: State Affairs covers wide range

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 charges given to the House Committee on State Affairs, which studies a number of diverse issues pertaining to state governance.

Adventures in Parenting: In search of a day care

Because of the time of year our son was born, my wife and I didn’t have to worry about day care for him until recently. My wife’s a teacher and her maternity leave ended right as school let out for the summer, so she’s been able to stay home with him since he was born.

MOMENTS WITH THE MINISTER: Times of Refreshing

This summer I have traveled a lot and attended several conventions. No, not the ones with the elephant and the donkey. I accompanied my wife to two different women’s conventions, one in Minnesota and one in Texas, where they pooled their resources to support the spread of the good news of Jesus in this country and around the world.

EDITORIAL: Governments get creative

The best solutions are almost always creative ones. To get to these solutions, however, takes leaders willing to think outside the norm and stretch the comfort of those around them. It takes someone willing to push back when they’re told, “But we’ve always done it this way,” or “That will never work.”

EDITORIAL: McGraw deal too soft

Sherman attorney Michael McGraw pleaded guilty Friday to one count of injury to a child. He received a 20-year prison sentence plus a 10-year sentence for drug possession which is set to run concurrently with the sentence on the child abuse charge. That all sounds significant until you realize that McGraw was originally indicted on five counts of sexual assault of a child and, as a component of the plea agreement, will not have to register as a sex offender when he completes his prison sentence.

LARRY PHILLIPS: How can Texas improve public health?

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 charges given to the House Committee on Public Health.

Adventures in Parenting: A crying baby interrupts the memory

When my son gets himself really worked up, there are only two things that will stop his crying — being fed or being sung to. The former is pretty easy to take care of, but when he’s crying nonstop because he really doesn’t want to go to sleep or just really feels like being upset, it can be hard to think of the right song to sing to him or even the correct words to songs I love.

EDITORIAL: Denison moves down the road

For years, Denison has been struggling to decide what to do about its historic brick streets. The iconic red pavers have been part of the city’s historic identity for a long time. They represent a proud heritage and a strong history. But they’re falling apart and would be extremely expensive to replace.

Adventures in Parenting: Some screens are really hard to resist

My very curious 4-month-old son has become fascinated by the television since my wife and I are constantly paying attention to it. He’s even starting to crane his neck to get a look at that loud rectangular box whenever he can. So even though I like little more after a long day at work than zoning out on the couch in front of the TV, we’re trying to figure out other ways to entertain ourselves in the evenings so he doesn’t become as addicted to television’s moving pictures as we both are.

LARRY PHILLIPS: Committee takes deep look at education

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 charges given to the House Committee on Public Education.

MOMENTS WITH THE MINISTER: God has our highlight reel

Recently I went to my 10-year-old nephew’s youth baseball game in Arlington. They live in South Texas so this was the first time I got to see him in action as his team was in the DFW Metroplex for a tournament. He was playing left field in close 1-0 game when a line drive was sharply hit to the left-center field gap. It was looking like a sure extra base hit and a potential game changer when my nephew darted to his left and snagged the ball as he fell to his knees. Great catch. Cue the ESPN theme music.

LARRY PHILLIP: Committee examines pension in state

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 charges given to the House Committee on Pensions, which monitors the various state pension systems, such as the Employee Retirement System and the Teacher Retirement System.