Columns/Opinions

Wed
16
Aug

Is distracted driving worse than drunk driving?

By Jim Snyder

As many of you know Texas will soon have a Distracted Driving law on the books. I believe it will go into effect Sept.1. When I first heard about this law being debated I was curious as to just how big of a problem this was. Sadly, I found it to be worse than I thought.

For the past year I started watching other drivers wherever I went to see how often I saw someone using or looking at their phone while driving. Most times they were easy to spot. Whenever I noticed a vehicle swerving or drifting from lane to lane I immediately would pull up and go around them. Nine out of 10 times the driver was looking at or had the phone up to their ear or resting it on the steering wheel.

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Wed
16
Aug

Teen athletes unaware of affects of alcohol on performance

By REBECCA SMITH

Most athletes wouldn’t consider doing anything that would compromise their abilities on the field. And with many teens practicing in the summer heat before school even starts, they will want every minute of practice to count.

Many teen athletes may not be aware of how drinking underage can hurt their athletic performance.

For example, alcohol affects sleep. When someone drinks alcohol, even six hours before going to sleep, they are disturbing their sleep cycle, according to studies from Princeton University.

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Wed
09
Aug

It’s what we do

By TONI WALKER

As a writer, you are always looking for a story that will grab people, and make them think. As a community newspaper, we are charged with reporting the things that mean something to people in the community we serve, both good and bad.

Sometimes, we are given an opportunity pick up a story at it’s very beginning and follow it until it come full circle. Along the way we learn so much, not only about the subject of the story, but about ourselves a little, as well.

In the two and a half years I have been at The Steel Country Bee, I have already had a couple of those community stories that I have been able to follow from their beginning.

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Wed
09
Aug

House passes bills to give retired teachers relief from rising costs

By ED STERLING

AUSTIN – The Texas House on Aug. 1 approved House Bill 20, legislation appropriating $212.7 million from the “rainy day” reserve fund to help defray rising healthcare costs for retired school employees.

Primary authors of HB 20 include: Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin; Drew Darby, R-San Angelo; Gary VanDeaver, R-New Boston; John Zerwas, R-Katy; and Donna Howard, D-Austin.

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Thu
03
Aug

A Patriot’s Opinion

I’m sick of the double standard in politics

The double standard in politics has reached epidemic proportions. For those who care to look for it this double standard is clear. Unfortunately there are still some who claim it doesn’t exist. If there was an occasional example then the argument might have some validity. But the facts tell a very different story. For the past 12 months democrats and the mainstream media have been totally obsessed with the idea of Russian collusion in our elections. And even after multiple investigations have shown no evidence of this so called collusion they continue to push the Russian boogeyman narrative. So far their entire case is based on nothing but rumors and false accusations.

Their latest obsession has to do with Donald Trump Jr. meeting with a Russian attorney last year to possibly get some dirt on Hillary Clinton. And even after learning that this meeting yielded nothing they still cannot let it go.

Thu
03
Aug

House, Senate have not yet engaged in backand- forth on key bills

by ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Not a single bill had been agreed to by the state House and Senate as of July 28, exactly 10 days into the 30-day special session of the Texas Legislature.

Lawmakers have a tall order served up to them by Gov. Greg Abbott in the form of 20 must-resolve matters in the first called session of the 85th Texas Legislature. Something could be on Abbott’s desk in short order if top-priority “sunset” legislation to ensure the continuation of the Texas Medical Board and several other healthcare-related state oversight boards gains approval by both chambers. The Senate’s version is SB 20 by Van Taylor, R-Plano; the House has produced two versions: HB 1 and HB 2, both by Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock. There are enough differences in the bills to spark elongated floor debates, if lawmakers are so inclined.

Wed
19
Jul
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Alcohol advertisements affect minors

By Rebecca Smith
Daingerfield ISD recently protested a variance allowing a business owner to sell beer and wine across the street from an elementary school.
So why isn’t alcohol usually allowed to be sold across the street from a school in the first place?
The school district’s biggest concern, of course, is for their students. According to research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the number of alcohol retailers increases female students’ (but not males, oddly enough) perception of how easy they believe it will be to get alcohol. And ease of access is a known risk factor for use among minors. (The research also says that “Underage alcohol purchases from commercial sources are more likely among female buyers and at convenience stores that sell alcohol products.” I would love to know why that’s the case.)
There’s also a great amount of research on the effects of alcohol advertising on minors.

Wed
19
Jul
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This police hate mentality must stop

A Patriot's Opinion
By Jim Snyder
Every time I see or hear another news story of a police officer being shot it makes my blood boil. Lately, it seems to be happening on a weekly basis where we hear of another law enforcement officer being shot or killed. Why is this happening? We have got to get a grip on the cause of this epidemic and put a stop to it.
I think a lot of the blame for this hateful behavior is due to the moral and ethical decline of our society in the last three decades. I remember growing up in the 50's and 60's when policemen were respected. Every kid back then wanted to grow up to be a policeman or fireman because we thought that was a cool job to have.

Wed
07
Jun
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Newsflash: ‘The sky is still not falling’

A Patriot's Opinion
By Jim Snyder
Well, just as expected the left and all of their climate change fanatics are losing the minds over President Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate agreement. Within minutes of his announcement, the environment
A-listers were predicting doom and gloom on a global scale. Of course, the one thing that is never discussed is how wrong these people have been with their predictions of climate Armageddon.
Starting back in the early 70’s, they were actually predicting another ice age. But when that didn’t happen they needed a new way to milk people out of their hard-earned money. So along came their prediction of what was known at the time as Global Warming.

Wed
07
Jun
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It’s a great day to be a Lady Mustang

Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably already know that just last week, the Hughes Springs Lady Mustangs made the trip to Austin for the UIL Class 3A State Softball Championships. This marked the first time in program history that the team has made it to this point in the season.
Only four teams made the trip to Austin at the 3A level. Hughes Springs was the only team from East Texas to make the trek.
During their run to Austin, the Lady Mustangs accomplished some pretty lofty feats. The team, comprised of mostly sophomore and juniors, lost only two games during the regular season and entered the state semifinal matchup with a 34-3 record. (One of their losses was to Little River, who ended the Mustangs season in Austin.)
Of the team’s players, no regular position player had a batting average lower than .200.
As I think back on the Mustangs’ season, a few things come to mind.

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