Confederate monuments are meant to intimidate and divide

On July 3rd, I heard a speech delivered by the President of the United States and have never been so embarrassed to be a citizen of this great country. Trump’s total denial of  our country's treatment of our Black citizens, his glorification of Confederate monuments, and his absurd claims that the removal of those monuments is rewriting [...]

Lack of transparency leads to dishonesty – Letter to the Editor from April 25th

Since their campaigns began, Jodey Arrington and Donald Trump have pushed for deregulation in the federal government. Recently, the Trump administration has shown what "deregulation" really means: a lack of transparency and oversight. On April 2nd, Navy Captain Brett Crozier was relieved of duty after requesting aid for crew members exposed to the coronavirus. On April 3rd, [...]

While President Trump claims “total authority,” my opponent stays silent

On Monday President Donald Trump gave what could easily be called the worst public appearance by any sitting American president. During a press conference that was supposed to update the country about Covid-19 and reassure our citizens, the president played a propaganda video attacking the media, lashed out at two female reporters after they asked simple, valid [...]

Democrat, Tom Watson, Seeks to Unseat Incumbent Representative: a profile by Hannah Holtz

On Monday, Dec. 9, Tom Watson sat in the office of the Texas Secretary of State in Austin. He waited to see if anyone would file to run against Jodey Arrington in Texas’s 19th district. No one filed. So he did. “I figured no one would get from Lubbock or Abilene to Austin in those last two [...]

Breakfast on Beech Street

Monday morning I had the privilege of serving food at Breakfast on Beech Street - a project run by five churches in Abilene to feed anyone who is hungry. I have cooked pancakes most Monday mornings for about 14 years, but this morning presented a challenge we have not faced before - the Coronavirus. Rather than serving [...]