Afederal judge is expected to rule quickly on the constitutionality of a Texas law about to go into effect that institutes new state penalties for illegal border crossings. During a hearing last week, U.S. District Judge David Ezra said he had concerns that other states would follow Texas’ lead in creating their own immigration laws – a power given exclusively to the federal government under the U.S. Constitution. The Austin American-Statesman reported the U.S. Justice Department sued the state over the law set to go into effect next month. It would allow any law enforcement official in the state to arrest someone here illegally, with mandatory sentences of between six months and 20 years.
It is no secret that the students who fill our Lamesa schools’ hallways are our communities’ future, but what may not be as clear to everyone just yet is how bright our future could be. As the principal at North Elementary, I can attest that we have some of the kindest, brightest, hard-working students, and if you were to visit, you are sure always to be greeted, given a smile, a hug, or even a high-five. Once greeted, you would see the collective learning efforts in each and every classroom. From 3rd grade, working on making inferences and proving them with evidence from the latest story they have read, to 5th-grade math, working on converting fractions to decimals using place value, to PE, working on asking higher-level questions; the goal of all students learning at high levels is pursued with passion by each adult.
My family and I are amusement park geeks. Always have been.
In our mind’s eye, most of us old-timers recall taking on life in slow motion when contrasted with today’s starts, stops and swerves now endured by the masses by day and by night. If identified with a fable, we were the turtles, and jet-setters of today are the hares.
While a person may buy a cake here in Mexico seven days a week from early morning to late at night, getting any other kind of dessert is more challenging.
(The Pain of Shame- Part 2 of 2)
We are in the ‘amore’ season of the year. Love. Kisses. Hearts. Roses. Romantic cards. Candles. Champagne. A box of chocolates.
Lt. Gov Dan Patrick joined with the world’s largest investment firm to pitch investors on building natural gas power plants in Texas at a summit held last week in Houston.
Late Congressman Charles Stenholm, a distinguished Christian statesman from Ericksdahl (near Stamford) popularized the yarn in Texas, claiming that it originated in Washington, DC. It was during more civil times, when Republicans and Democrats not only talked to each other, but shared jokes across the aisle.