Author: East Texas Review

Trump Budget Would Shift $1.3 Billion in Annual SNAP Costs to Texas, Putting Struggling Families At Risk

President Trump’s budget proposal would shift a significant share of the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP, aka Food Stamps) costs to states and allow states to cut benefits, seriously threatening the program’s long-term success, according to a new report from the Washington, DC-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. “This proposal threatens to dramatically increase the number of Texans at risk of hunger,” said Celia Cole, CEO of Feeding Texas. “SNAP is a lifeline for children, seniors, veterans and people with disabilities in Texas who are already facing tough times. We urge the members of the Texas congressional...

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Bill Maher and the ‘N-Word’

By Larry Elder  As to Bill Maher’s recent use of the N-word on live television, the comedian is probably scratching his head. What exactly are the rules on when, where, how and if the word can be used? Can a non-black, attempting a joke, use the word in public? On his HBO show, Maher had the following exchange with Nebraska’s Republican Sen. Ben Sasse about adults dressing in costumes for Halloween. Sasse: “It’s frowned upon — we don’t do that quite as much.” Maher: “I gotta get to Nebraska more.” Sasse: “You’re welcome. We’d love to have you work...

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God Uses Trials to Make Us Triumph

By Michael A. Guido, D.D.  Lord Kelvin is recognized as one of the greatest Scottish engineers, mathematicians and physicists of his day. He had a profound influence on the scientific thought of his generation. On one occasion, while he was conducting an experiment with his students, it turned into a disaster. Looking at each of them he said, “Gentlemen, when you are face to face with a difficulty, you are up against a discovery.” This is not only true in learning, it is true in living. When David was face to face with a major difficulty, he made a...

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What Is the Golden Rule?

By Carey Kinsolving  What did Jesus mean when he said, “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them”? “If you are mean to someone, then they will start being mean back to you,” says Blain, 7. Brooke, 9, looks to agriculture to interpret the golden rule: “If we plant something good, we get something good back. But if you plant something bad, you get somethingbad back.” Every farmer knows that even the most fertile farmland will remain barren unless good seed is sown. It’s the same with human relationships. The thing to remember is...

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Rewriting American History

by Walter E. Williams  George Orwell said, “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” In the former USSR, censorship, rewriting of history and eliminating undesirable people became part of Soviets’ effort to ensure that the correct ideological and political spin was put on their history. Deviation from official propaganda was punished by confinement in labor camps and execution. Today there are efforts to rewrite history in the U.S., albeit the punishment is not so draconian as that in the Soviet Union. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu had a...

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