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TYLER - The Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International has awarded Tyler Independent School District its Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for having met or exceeded the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability.
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Athletic Director Jody Berryhill, Officer Josh Marrs, Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2 Tim Bryan, Officer Bryan Bankston and Head Coach Kerry Lane
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he Pirate Stadium was jammed packed when Athletic Director Jody Berryhill, Head Coach Kerry Lane and Justice of the Peace,
Precinct 2 Tim Bryan honored Pine Tree Independent School District (PTISD) resource officers Josh Marrs and Bryan Bankston with its first Back the Blue game. This is the first time PTISD has recognized its school resource
officers. According to Lane, he believes in showcasing the good police officers do in the community and schools. “So many times in the media, our officers are shown in a bad light and not all officers are bad,” said Lane.
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College boosts Dr. Norman Kilgore Veterans Honored Byfaculty LISD D-SNAP approved Rosenthal TISD students attend Kilgore College To Speak leadership camps See UTT on Page 3
By ETR Report Longview Independent School District honored Jerry W Wise, class of 1980. During
R e n o w n e d psychiatrist Dr. TYLER – Twelve Tyler Norman Rosenthal ISD students were selected give a public to participate inwill Education lecture at 6 p.m. in Action’s 2017 Lone Star We d n e s d a y, Leadership AcademyNov. this16 past in The spring and summer. University of Texas at Tyler See TISD on Page 7 Braithwaite Re c i t a l Hall, Dr. Paul Streufert, UT Tyler executive director of special academic programs, announced.
See Norman on Page 7 It’s that time ISD of the week again. TYLER says: Pet of the week is looking for a lovely home. Your future isoldnow Gwyneth is a 10 month 45 pound Retriever and Labrador mix.
It’s never too early to plan for the future! She is very active. SheISD is located at Longview Animal & Tyler will host its annual “YourCare Future Adoption Center 303 H.G. Mosley Pkwy.and is Now” event tonight at the Career Gwyneth is available with a $10 fee and Technology approved Center (CTC). application. Give a Pet a new story and adopt See Tyler on Page GWYNETH today.
Kilgore College (KC) has hired three workforce specialists in order to expand the school’s training capacity for local business and industry majors, and to further students’ chances for postgraduate vocational success. The new employees are Julie Allee (Business and Computer Science,) Frank Mosely, Jr. (Science and Health,)
Making sense of self-defense Longview Independent School District honored Veteran Mr. Donald Ferguson, class of 1969. During his service in the United States Army, Mr. Ferguson served tours in Vietnam By Michelle Millsand Germany. Mr. Ferguson earned many military decorations, including a Vietnam Service Medal and a sharpshooter badge.
Mr. Wise was in the JROTC program, rising to the rank of Cadet Captain and was the See KILGORE on Page Drum and Bugle Corps COLLEGE Commander his3 senior year.
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DACA recipients stimulate small towns By Johnathan Hladik Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has provided hard-working young people and their families with a measure of stability. This
policy protects individuals who came to this country as children from deportation and allows them to apply for employment authorization. See DACA on Page 5
Texans recovering from Hurricane Harvey could be eligible for disaster food benefits from the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through the availability of Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP)
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Kilgore College will host two Veterans After Harvey: Day ceremonies and a veterans-themed big band 811 concertbefore this week in Dodson Call Auditorium. rebuilding
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established His throne for judgment, And Longview Independent School District Mr. Hill received many military decorations and the Longview Chamber of Commerce He will judge the world in righteousness; honored Mr.Sederick Hill, class of 1998. including a National Defense Service are pleased to present the second annual Cyber Security Summit on Thursday He will execute judgment for the During his 14 years of service, Mr. Hill medal. The plaque was presented to his w w w. facebook . com/E a st Te x a sRe v i e w • w w w. E a st Te x a s R e v ie w.com • @E a stTe x a s R e v ie w served four tours in Iraq and one in Bosnia. sister, Sophia Borens. peoples with equity. The LORD also See Protect on Page 5 will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A
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“I wanted to change that and highlight the ones who are doing it right.” Great things are happening in Pine Tree ISD and west Longview and this includes law and order. This is the reason why Lane said, “If you are in a position and able to promote positive influences then, it is your responsibility to do so. These officers go above and beyond every day and deserve recognition.” In addition, elated Bryan was thrilled to participate in the honoring of Officer Marrs and Bankston. “I am grateful I could
be part of this presentation,” said Bryan. “They are more than law enforcers, it is personal for them. Officer Marrs and Officer Bankston spend every day with students and sometimes it exceeds school.” Officer Marrs expressed gratitude for the recognition. Nonetheless they noted they “love” their work.” I am very excited that Pine Tree community would take out time to honor us for doing our jobs,” said Marrs. We love our students and we don’t feel it is work when we love what we are doing.” Officer Bankston added “We really appreciate the support. It is an honor to be recognized by our community.”
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The district was recognized for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending 2016. Sponsored by VALIC, the Certificate of Excellence (COE) award confirms the school business office’s commitment to financial accountability and transparency. Recognition through the COE program can help strengthen a district’s presentation for bond issuance statements and promotes high quality financial reporting. For more than half a century, VALIC, a division of AIG, has served as a leading
retirement plan provider for K-12 schools and school districts, as well as for higher education, healthcare, government and other not-forprofit institutions. ASBO International, founded in 1910, is a professional organization of 5,000 members that provides programs and services to promote the highest standards of school business management practices, professional growth, and the effective use of education resources. For more information about the COE award, visit asbointl.org/ COE.
According to Equifax, 143 million American consumers person information was compromised. The hackers accessed names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and a few driver’s license numbers. They also stole 209,000 credit card numbers and 182,000 dispute documents with personal identifying information. The United Kingdom and Canada was affected as well. “Being proactive is very important, as it does help reduce the chances of having your identity compromised”, said Mechele Agbayani Mills, President and CEO of BBB serving Central East Texas. “However, there’s never a guarantee that your information won’t get exposed. “ Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission offers the following tips to help protect yourself after a data breach: • Stay calm. Consumers are not liable for fraudulent charges on stolen account numbers. • Check your credit reports. Go to annualcreditreport. com for a free credit check from the three major credit
reporting agencies. This is the only website authorized by the Federal Trade Commission to provide you with a free annual credit report. Be wary of ads, emails and social media messages for other services. • Consider a credit freeze or fraud alert. A credit freeze makes it harder for someone to open a new account with your information. However, it won’t prevent a thief from making charges to existing accounts. A fraud alert flags your credit reports, alerting potential lenders to verify the identity of anyone attempting to open an account in your name. Fraud alerts are free and don’t interfere with instant credit. However, it relies entirely on the diligence of the person performing the credit check and must be reinstated every 90 day days in most cases. • Monitor your financial accounts. Check your bank statements online regularly and alert your bank if you see fraudulent charges. Keep receipts in case
you need to prove which charges you authorized and ones you didn’t. • Beware of phishing scams. Be on alert of scammers who may purport to be from the retailer, your bank, or credit card issuer, telling you that your card was compromised and suggesting actions to “fix” the problem. Phishing emails may attempt to fool you into providing your credit card information, or ask you to click on a link or open an attachment, which can download malware onto your computer Equifax has created a website to assist consumers in determining if their information has been impacted and to sign up for credit file monitoring and identity theft protection. A dedicated call center is set up to assist consumers seven days a week from 7-1 a.m. EST at 1-866-447-7559. For more tips on how to be a savvy consumer, go to bbb.org. To report fraudulent activity or unscrupulous business practices, call the BBB Hotline: 903-581-8373 or report it via BBB ScamTracker.
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the assets of all our equipment and assist with projects.” Moody transferred all his TSTC credit hours to earn a bachelor’s degree in Technical Management from DeVry University in 2015. Caraguel said the company recruits college students nationally through its new CSM UP! initiative, putting them to work in their degree fields with other interns, managers and administrators. Video conferencing is used for students to learn from company executives located at other facilities.
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University of Texas at Tyler Intensive English Language Institute executive director. “While the teaching contract with the Yachiyo Board of Education is technically for one year only, the Yachiyo Board of Education The salary is about $29,000 a year, after taxes, plus round trip airfare, paid insurance, 20 days of paid vacation, a bicycle for local transportation and subsidized housing. Those interested are encouraged to email ALT-SisterCity@ uttyler.edu to obtain criteria information and application forms. The University of Texas at Tyler has been involved with Sister Cities for more than 20 years. Kennedy
The University of Texas at Tyler and ere on your own,” he said. “You the City of Tyler ness as a whole. It is a lucrative Sister Cities f people overlook.” Program collaborate cond graduating class at TSTC to provide an en he received a certificate in opportunity for . He liked that he could attend university alums to teach in Japan. om TSTC and go straight to work Participants will he business is about,” Jackson serve as assistant are designed for the industry. The English language f industry.” teachers in junior m TSTC in Marshall with an high classrooms for ience degree in Industrial the Yachiyo City enthusiastic over the implications of Continued from Page 1 Board of Education. n experience prepared me and at this new situation. “The Yachiyo Board with the equipment,” Moody said. or are studying to earn eligibility “For example, if a student takes of Education seeks ories I learned to the actual realto transfer to some other college Medication Administration, this female UT Tyler or university. Such non-credit class now falls under the umbrella graduates The house was packed with Longview residents eager to get to know more about Islam and the Islamic center with a ompany floor technician in 2013 courses do not count toward college of the Science and Health Sciences bachelor’s degree in to his current position. He credits credit, but may enable students to division,” he said. “It’s a non-credit education, English professional mentor. earn continuing education units, course, meaning it’s a course for or Asian studies the maintenance supervisors with certification, evidence of for their Assistant personal or professional interest. Our nned work,” Moody said.or“Iother manage Language Teacher class completion in order to achieve hope is that students will continue Program,” said Dr. professional their education after completing the nued from Frontrequirements. Teresa Kennedy, “More and more businesses and non-credit course with credit courses Freshman Book Committee, along with the Honors and r of psychiatry at Georgetown professor and The industries are recognizing the value in that division that will lead to a Global Awareness Through Education Programs. nthal was psychiatrist to through of the thefirst quality delivered degree or certificate.” ective Disorder, or SAD. His book For more information, contact UT Tyler Honors Program this alternate training route,” said In some situations students will coordinator Katherine Hellmann, 903.565.5948 or dversity: The Unexpected Benefits KC President Dr. Brenda Kays. “We win credits in a non-credit format Setbacks, and Imperfections,” was email@example.com. want to provide training for our thenofuse to qualify a One of the 14 and campuses thethem UT System, UT Tylerfor features t-year UT Tyler students at their students that encourages a excellence constant in teaching, credit program. The tax suspension Continued from Page 1 . research, artistic performance and began August 23, forwe a lifetime of learning.” TheMore new program is geared to and community service. than 80 undergraduate ublic talkdesire at 6 p.m., are hosting a Governor Greg 2017, and has been KC is also striving to increase fit in businesses’ operating hal from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Meadows graduate degrees arewith available at UT Tyler, which has an Abbott has extended extended through the number students and high-ability courses will be enrollment of schedules, almost 10,000 students. UT the Braithwaite RecitalofHall. Please taking the suspension of September 22, 2017. enthal, who will classes be signing books at Tyler offers courses campuses Tyler, Longview and credit after completing heldatonitsjob sites, atinKC/Longview collecting all state and To certify they Palestine as well a location in Houston. aid. non-credit coursework. In pursuit orason the Kilgore campus, depending local hotel occupancy qualify, victims and w up inof apartheid South Africa, this aim WD-CE courses are on what is most convenient to taxes from the victims relief workers should youth and his categorized professional career being under three the participating firms. The training www.facebook.com\EastTexasReview of Hurricane complete a Form 12-302, s to think through their and own Computer divisions: Business courses range from state-ofwww.EastTexasReview.com Harvey or personnel Texas Hotel Occupancy Science, Public Services & Industrial the-art skill training to language participating in Tax Exemption for both events are the UT Tyler @etr_com Technologies, and Science and development courses. For more hurricane relief Certificate, check the Health Sciences. KC Vice-President information visit www.kilgore. Tariq Bashir and daughter Amna Tariq Tayseer Ali, Rehan Tariq, Fahad Noman, Anwar Khalifa, Zain Khen, Saad Noman efforts. “Exempt by Other of Instruction Dr. Mike Turpin is edu/wdce.
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From Page 1 “I believe in live and let live,” said McLeroy. “Let them worship the way they want. They don’t bother anyone.” Bashir says some Muslims do give Islam a bad name. “We call these people extremists,” he said. “ We want peace. Everyone wants peace. The people who disrupt peace in the name of Islam are not Muslims.” Bashir reports his congregation is building an open-to-the-public basketball goal. Anyone can use it. The goal of the Center is to reach the community, so they invited the public to the open house. “We want the community to know who we are,” he
said. “We are humans, and we have the same blood flowing in our veins. We respect every religion, and we want to tell the community who we are.” The mosque has emerald green and creme-colored carpets imported from Turkey. They are there because nobody is permitted to wear shoes in the main mosque where prayers are spoken and worshippers listen to the Imam. In addition, the event included a question-and-answer session(see separate stor y). Guest Jean Wheatfall was impressed with the open house. “It was very informative [I’m] quite surprised,” she said. “All I can say is we need to understand each
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other. I enjoyed it all” Another guest, Gail Cochrane, lived in Washington for 25 years, and is shocked by the racism prevalent in Longview. “There is so much ignorance about other people and cultures,” she said. “We need to do more of this.” The packed house was delighted by the sumptuous cuisine the hosts provided. There were both Far Eastern and homespun American offerings. Many carried heaping plates home with them. Most important of all, it ended as an evening of genuine fellowship. Guests were armed with true knowledge of Islam; not what news pundits tend to feed their audience for ratings.
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Chuck, Nancy and Donald: the part that mattered
By Froma Harrop Donald Trump’s deal with “Chuck and Nancy” has rained new angst on his party (the Republican Party). It extended the debt ceiling for three months and provided hurricane relief. “Republicans, sorry, but I’ve been hearing about Repeal & Replace for 7 years, didn’t happen!” Trump tweeted, the subject being the Affordable Care Act. To rub it in — or perhaps to get something done — he turned to Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, for action on other issues. Some on the left grumbled that cooperating with Trump carried risks for Democrats. They could be seen as normalizing a man whose character they abhor, whose toxic policies they plan to run against. Let us now interrupt this debate over who won and who lost to discuss whether what happened is good for the country. It is good for the country — though not as any dawn of a new era of bipartisanship. The part that mattered was the plan to wrench the job of raising the debt ceiling from the hands of Congress. What does raising the nation’s borrowing limit do? It affirms America’s promise to honor its debt obligations. That should be a lawmaker’s duty, not a concession. Letting the United States go into default for any reason would destabilize the global economy, with disastrous results for this country. The right has made a specialty of threatening America’s commitment to make good on its bonds, notes and bills. Belief that the mighty United States stands behind its Treasury securities has made them among the
safest investments in the world. And that has kept the interest we (the taxpayers) pay on them relatively low. Democrats and Republicans used to routinely approve increases in the debt ceiling. Republicans made no trouble during the George W. Bush years when the national debt doubled. Then Barack Obama became president, and Republicans decided to play games with America’s pledge to pay back what it owed. They withheld support for raising the debt ceiling to force through their tax and spending priorities. In 2011, they drove the U.S. so close to default that the stock market plunged, consumer confidence collapsed and Standard & Poor’s lowered America’s credit rating. The stunt cost taxpayers billions. To discourage another debt ceiling showdown three months hence, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and budget director Mick Mulvaney refused Republican entreaties to commit in advance to spending cuts. (Trump’s respect for our debt obligations is a refreshing change from his campaign talk of repaying the debt for pennies on the dollar.) Republicans booed Munchin and Mulvaney. Of course, nothing would stop them from attacking government spending the oldfashioned way, through budgeting. They have a majority in the Senate, a majority in the House and a Republican in the White House, after all. They might have to work with Democrats on some details, but life is so unfair. Politico had one top Republican, unnamed, saying Trump had handed “a loaded gun” to Nancy and Chuck. Another Republican, also unnamed, told Axios that it was like giving “an entire stockpile of weapons” to Democrats. For all this self-pity about arming the opposition, it needs repeating that Republicans are chiefly responsible for having weaponized the debt ceiling. Their chief complaint, really, is that by removing it from partisan play, they can no longer take “the full faith and credit of the United States” hostage. Democrats can rest assured that any memories of Trump working with their leaders will soon be buried in a slag heap of new insults. To the extent that they’ve advanced the cause of protecting America’s reputation as a trustworthy borrower, they should pat themselves on the back.
Dreaming of straight talk By Marc Dion Donald Trump, United States president and international punchline, wants to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, sometimes called the “DREAM Act.” Well, he wants someone else to repeal it for him, since he can’t change laws all by himself, not until he becomes president for life. And you can’t agree with that, can you? My God, the recipients are called “Dreamers”! Are you against dreams? Do you hate the hopes of children? When children lie in their little beds, warm in their SpiderMan pajamas, do you long to interrupt their dreams, and send them outside into the howling winds of a Chicago winter where they will no doubt be shot and killed by another, older dreamer? When the hell did we start naming legislation the way we name our cats? I’m serious. Whatever side I’m on, I can’t agree or disagree with anything called the “DREAM Act.” It’s not the sort of thing a serious government would
call a serious law. But, of course, we are no longer a serious people. We don’t want legislation; we want cute names. In any given year, in any state, big piles of legislation await passage, and a great number of them are at least nicknamed in the interest of arousing a torpid public’s passion. I live in Massachusetts. In my state, if you’re a teenager and you’re killed by an exploding birthday candle, the government may feel it should step in and prohibit the sale of exploding birthday candles. They will not, however, get up on the floor of the House and talk about “An Act to Regulate Candles.” Instead, they will talk about “Lisa’s Law” or “Shawn’s Law.” Very often, the proposed legislation is nicknamed, not just to tug at your heartstrings, but to hide the fact that it’s poorly written, or unenforceable, or likely to be ignored once it’s passed. Legislation ain’t breakfast cereal, and legislatures oughta quit trying to name everything like it was a box of “Sugar Bombs.” The people who make “Sugar Bombs,” by the
way, fervently hope you’ll read the cutesy name on the front, and not the deadly list of life-shortening ingredients on the back. So do your legislators. I have, in my time, covered press conferences during which a local legislator, a corrupt, stupid, influencepeddling pimp, drooled on for 30 minutes about some appealingly named law he intended to vote for just before he voted for his own pay raise. The legislator was made out of the same cheap tin as the American flag in his lapel, but he knew better than to oppose something called, “Becky’s Law.” I’m a serious person. I have serious mortgage payments, and serious go-to-work clothes, and serious savings for retirement. I want serious laws with serious names passed by serious people for serious people. I think immigration in this country needs enforcement, and limits and re-tooling. I don’t think it needs dreamers, or chants of “build that wall,” neither of which have anything thing to do with laws in a land of laws.
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Can Trump, democrats make a deal on immigration? By Michael Barone Can President Donald Trump and the Republicanmajority Congress make a deal? That’s a question raised by the announcement that the Trump administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in six months. DACA, put in place by the Obama administration, provided protection from deportation to immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children and who didn’t have serious criminal records and were working or in school or the military. Trump is on strong legal ground. Barack Obama established DACA in 2012, even though, as he had earlier explained, the Constitution gives Congress, not the president, the authority to set policy on immigration and naturalization. Moreover, Obama’s 2014 Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, which would have given protection to some 4 million parents of legal residents, was ruled invalid by federal courts. Ten state attorneys general have been threatening to challenge DACA on identical grounds. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is thus right when he says that DACA could be overturned by the courts, leaving the 800,000 young people currently covered with no protection. They may be better off with Trump’s order leaving DACA in place for six months than they would be then. Though DACA is, as Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein agreed, “on shaky legal ground,” the political case for the policy is strong. Polls show large majorities in favor because they agree with what Trump said in his written statement: “I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents.” This is an instance, arguably a rare one, of Trump’s changing his mind after learning more and reflecting. The equities weigh heavily in its favor. The 800,000 “dreamers” who came forward and sought DACA status are no more responsible for the dubious legal basis for Obama’s program than they are for their parents’ decision to bring them in the United States illegally. They qualified under the terms of an action of the United States government then in force and have a strong moral case for permanent legal status. Budweiser celebrates 140 years of brewing across America by swapping its labels with state names. Trump has made clear that he would support a legislative version of DACA, and it could get majority support in both houses of Congress. But because some Republicans, such as Rep. Steve King, are opposed,
any bill must be a bipartisan compromise. That means that Democrats will have to make concessions to get the issue on the congressional calendar. Before the Obama Democrats began passing major legislation on a Democrats-only basis, this was standard operating procedure. It produced major education, Medicare and tax legislation in George W. Bush’s years and NAFTA, welfare reform and children’s health care legislation in Bill Clinton’s. The late Sen. Edward Kennedy was particularly expert in fashioning bipartisan compromises. He would accept provisions he didn’t like in return for others he favored and thought more important. He would oppose as “poison pills” amendments he personally supported but believed would cost a bill needed Republican votes. One such poison pill did pass, with the help of the vote of then-Sen. Obama, and torpedoed the 2007 comprehensive immigration bill, which would have been signed by Bush. Ten years later, the facts and opinion on immigration have changed. One possible path forward was suggested by Sen. Tom Cotton, cosponsor of a different comprehensive immigration bill supported by Trump. Giving young people who violated the law — even if it was through no fault of their own — legal status would have “negative consequences,” Cotton argues, opening up chain migration of low-skilled collateral relatives and incentivizing others to bring children in illegally. So a bill to replace DACA, he says, should be accompanied with limits on extended family unification migration and with “enhanced enforcement measures,” such as mandatory E-Verify. Such provisions will most likely be opposed by the lobbies whose ultimate goal has been giving legal status to almost all of the 11 million immigrants here illegally, a measure that was part of the 2007 and 2013 comprehensive bills. But Democrats may have to accept them to help the dreamers. Much will depend on the deal-making skill of the president and congressional leaders. Will they measure up to the standard set by Ted Kennedy? Michael Barone is a senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and longtime coauthor of The Almanac of American Politics.
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September 14-21, 2017
Price gougers to pay
AG Paxton files suit against three businesses for price gouging during hurricane Harvey
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“It’s unconscionable that any business would take advantage of Texans at their most vulnerable – those who are displaced from their homes, have limited resources, and are in desperate need of fuel, shelter and the basic necessities of life,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Texas has tough price gouging laws, and my office will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute cases arising from Hurricane Harvey.” Texas law prohibits vendors from charging exorbitant prices for necessities such as drinking water, food, clothing, and fuel during a declared disaster. The attorney general named the following defendants in Hurricane Harvey price gouging lawsuits: • Robstown Enterprises, Inc., doing business as Best Western Plus Tropic Inn. The Robstownbased hotel allegedly charged three times its normal room rate the weekend Hurricane Harvey hit. As a result, Best Western has since ended its relationship with Robstown Enterprises. • Bains Brothers, owners of
Texaco-branded gas stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Two of the stations allegedly charged $6.99 a gallon for regular unleaded gas on Aug. 31, even while displaying signs with prices in the $3-$4 range. • Encinal Fuel Stop, a Chevronbranded gas station just outside Laredo, allegedly charged customers $8.99 and $9.99 a gallon for regular unleaded gas on Aug. 31. A finding of price gouging carries civil penalties up to $20,000 for each violation and an additional amount of up to $250,000 for incidents calculated to acquire money from victims 65 or older. To date, the Consumer Protection Division of the attorney general’s office has received 3,321 Hurricane Harvey price gouging complaints. Texans in affected counties who believe they’ve been scammed or price gouged should call the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Hotline toll-free at (800) 621-0508, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or file a complaint online at https:// www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/ cpd/file-a-consumer-complaint.
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After DACA was initiated in 2012, recipients’ hourly wages increased by 42 percent. 6 percent started their own business (compared to a national average of 3.1 percent), 21 percent purchased their first car, 12 percent purchased their first home, and 90 percent received their driver’s license or a state identification card. They are a critical part of our country’s social and economic fabric. Schuyler, Nebraska, population 6,196, had long struggled to attract new residents. Today, the town is more than 70 percent Latino. For this small town and others like it in the U.S., immigrants are keeping shops open and breathing fresh life into main streets. Now, their future is uncertain. Nearly 750,000 young people fear losing everything they have worked for. Almost 70 percent came to this country at the age of 10 or younger. Today, the average DACA recipient is 22 years old, employed, and in pursuit of higher education. To rob these individuals of an opportunity to learn, earn, and live would impair their capacity to contribute. It would be
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announced today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said that households who may not normally be eligible under regular SNAP rules may qualify for D-SNAP if they meet the disaster income limits and have qualifying disasterrelated expenses. “USDA is committed to helping hurricanestricken Texans get back on their feet,” Perdue said. “Because the need for help doesn’t end when the rain stops. In so many ways, it’s just begun. And the D-SNAP program USDA is announcing today is an important step forward, as we work through this crisis together.” D-SNAP eligible households in the affected areas will receive two months of benefits, equivalent to the maximum amount of benefits normally issued to a SNAP household of their size, to meet their food needs as they settle back home following the disaster. To be eligible for D-SNAP, a household must live in an identified disaster area, have been affected by the disaster, and meet certain D-SNAP eligibility criteria. Texas Health and Human Services Commission will announce D-SNAP dates, and locations through the local media. D-SNAP timing varies with the circumstances of each disaster, Perdue said,
but always begins after commercial channels of food distribution have been restored and families are able to purchase food to prepare at home. Before operating a D-SNAP, a State must ensure that proper public information, staffing and resources are in place. USDA has already approved issuance of supplemental SNAP benefits for current SNAP recipients, in certain affected areas, to bring their August and September benefits up to the maximum allotment for their household size, consistent with the amount D-SNAP households will receive. As D-SNAP is implemented in an impacted county, individuals in that county who are currently receiving SNAP will automatically receive a benefit supplement to bring them up to the maximum allotment for their household size. Current participants have also had a portion of their August benefits replaced since many lost food as a result of the storm. “This is an unprecedented disaster, and we have Texas families who have lost everything,” said Texas Health and Human Services Commission Executive Commissioner Charles Smith. “Texas is moving quickly to finalize sites with our local officials and will begin announcing D-SNAP dates and locations today. We are committed to rolling out D-SNAP quickly to serve all of the impacted areas.”
The D-SNAP announcement today is the latest in a battery of USDA actions taken to help Texans cope with the storm and its aftermath that also include a waiver to allow SNAP participants to buy hot foods and hot food products prepared for immediate consumption with their benefits at authorized SNAP retailers statewide through September 30. In addition, local disaster organizations, such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and Southern Baptist Men continue to utilize USDA Foods to serve hot meals in congregate shelters. Individuals seeking more information about this and other available aid should dial 2-1-1 (for callers from Texas) or 1-(877) 541-7905. For more information about Texas SNAP, visit YourTexasBenefits. com. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administers 15 nutrition assistance programs, including the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which together comprise America’s nutrition safety net. For more information on FNS assistance during times of disaster, visit www.fns.usda. gov/disaster.
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counterproductive and harmful to the country as a whole. It can be debilitating to the communities that helped raise them. After the Trump Administration’s damning decision, Congress has a responsibility to stand opposed to any federal action that would rescind DACA or result in additional restrictions that would act as barriers to the continued contributions of these young immigrants and their families to rural communities and the U.S. Legislation promoting safety, wellbeing, and welcoming will continue to uplift the many young people who want to put their talents to use and give back to the only country they have ever known as home.
“After reviewing Arizona’s plan and ensuring it complies with the law, I am pleased to approve it,” said Secretary DeVos. “I commend Governor Ducey, Superintendent Douglas and the many stakeholders in Arizona who helped craft a plan to improve education for the students of the Grand Canyon State.” Allowing states more flexibility in how they deliver education to students is at the core of ESSA. Each
state crafted a plan that it feels will best offer educational opportunities to meet the needs of the state and its students. The following are some of the unique elements from Arizona’s plan: • Allows elementary and middle schools to earn additional points in its accountability system for accelerating student achievement, including increasing student performance in math, decreasing the number of minimally proficient students, improving the performance of certain student subgroups and/or
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using an inclusion model for special education. • Allows high schools to earn additional points in its accountability system for preparing students to be college and career ready, including students performing well in CTE courses, passing college-level courses, earning an industry credential and/ or completing a work-based learning internship, among others.
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September 14-21, 2017 June 22-29, 2017
6 Gospel Spotlight Storms and Why is doing what is right Why Is Doing What is Right Help Why Is Doing What is Right struggles Help always best? (Part 2 of 2) Always Best? When When Always Best? (Part 1 of 2) (Part 1 of 2) You You Need It The Most Need It The Most June 22-29, 2017
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As James was preparing to leave for the weekend, the vice-president called him into his office and asked him to sit down By Michael A. Guido, D.D. across the desk from him. In a somber voice he We are all grateful for our “first responders.” They said, “I’m sorry, James, save butlives,we reducing bindare wounds, bring food, give the clothing, provide shelter and restore power. They have become our sales staff and this was you last with “rescuers.” And,day indeed, they fulfillthis a critical role. By Michael A. Guido, D.D. But as Christians, when we facewill a time ofhelp trial or tragcompany. Here’s a severance check that edy, we have One who has been waiting for us to call upon Him when we need help. He is always waiting for you make the transition.” opportunity to prove His power whenever we face a We are grateful foranout our “first responders.” Now heall was not only of work but facing They a difficult situation. save lives,job bind wounds, food, give clothing, proOne morning, about four o’clock, Peter was in seridifficult market. He bring was overwhelmed with ous trouble. He and a few of his friends were in a small vide shelter and restore power. They have become our boat far from shore when a fierce storm arose out the prospect of going home and telling his wife of nowhere. Fearing for their lives they became even “rescuers.” And, indeed, they fulfillwhen amom critical they sawwith whatrole. theya thought was the news. She was a staymoreatfrightened home a ghost. They screamed in terror. And over the howling But that as Christians, whenwind we face time or tragchild was paralyzed from anavoice automobile came a stern that of said,trial “Stop being afraid.” It was Jesus assuring them that there was no reason edy, we have One who been waiting for us to call accident. He could nothas help but ask, “Where’s God for them to fear for their lives because He was there to save them when they needed Him the most. in all Him of this? Is we He need for me or against me?” Those upon when help. He is always waiting for “If it is really you,” said Peter, “tell me to come to You – let me walk on the water!” “Certainly,” said Jesus, certainly are fair questions. an opportunity to prove His power whenever we face a “come on. You’ve nothing to fear!” He got out of the Life issituation. often one stormboat,after another. None of and befelt the wind and the waves, lost His faith difficult gan to sink. He shouted, “Save me, Lord,” and He did. usOne can morning, escape theabout fiercefour winds, raging waters or It is never the eloquence or length of ourin prayer that o’clock, Peter was sericounts, but our simplicity and sincerity. It is never a forcrashing waves. Sometimes they come swiftly. ous trouble. He and a fewmula ofbut his were into aoursmall our friends faith. He will always come rescue if we call on Him slowly in a faith that believes in Him. Otherfartimes seem to brew and boat fromthey shore when a fierce arose outpower of Prayer: Lord, westorm do indeed believe in Your painfully. Often a problem that started a whenever we and Your promises. Increase as our faith nowhere. Fearing for their lives they became even In Jesus’ Name, Amen. whispering breeze turnsdoubt. out toforbe tornado. 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He has been there, endured that mula but our faith. our He will always come toand our rescue if and understands greatest sorrows we call onneeds. Him in a faith that believes in Him. deepest Prayer: Lord, we do indeed inthat YourYou power Prayer: We are comforted, Lord,believe to know and Your promises. Increase our faith whenever have gone before us, know us and care for us. Give us we doubt. In Jesus’ Name,InAmen. your grace to survive. Jesus’ Name, Amen. Scripture for this Psalm week: 42:7 Psalm 12:1 Help, LORD, Scripture for Today: Deep calls to deep in the no roar of is your waterfalls; all your waves breakers for one faithful anymore; those who and are loyal have have sweptfrom overthe me.human race. vanished
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Psalm 23 speaks of the Lord leading his people in paths of righteousness. A biblical proverb promises that the Lord will direct the paths of those who acknowledge him in all their ways (Proverbs 3:6). Doing good or evil begins with the decisions we make. Paths, the directions we travel in life, start with pathways in the brain. Whatever we fix our minds on will God’s heart.” influence our brain’s pathWhen Christians sin, ways and our life’s paths. it’s a family The resultsmatter. of a 17-year Salvation sin’s study in thefrom journal Science penalty that occurs reported 5.7 when percent of youths watched less anyonewho believes in Jesus than one hour of television as their savior. Salvation afrom day sin’s committed power aggressive acts against others in occurs when Christians subsequent years. confess their sinsThat to figure jumped to 22.5 percent God and experience for those who watched one restored fellowship. to three hours a day and Acknowledging our 28.8 percent for those who wrongs to people hurt watched more than three by our sins can restore a hours a day. relationship. Think about this: You about this: areThink what you think. Parents Do right for the right a who consider television reasons.babysitter Enjoy Godshould and benign look for ways to express think again. Children are your love for vulnerable to him. the strangersMemorize who invadethis your home through television. Doing truth: “For we are His right begins bycreated thinking workmanship, right. in Christ Jesus for good Memorize thisGod truth: “For works, which as he thinksbeforehand in his heart, so prepared isthat he”we (Proverbs should23:7). walk in Ask this question: If you them” (Ephesians 2:10). feed on a diet of television Ask this question: Do violence, what are you you do right because prone to do?
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For some, self-defense is a practical course in assertiveness training and goal setting. For others, it serves as a catalyst in helping promote self-confidence, assertiveness, coordination, and concentration in adults as well as in children. One of the more obvious reasons is to protect your personal safety from those who want to cause physical harm. Better Business Bureau serving Central East Texas received 42,953 inquiries about martial arts and self-defense instructors or schools in 2016 and advises consumers to do their homework when selecting an instructor. When considering a personal safety class, it’s important to remember there are no guarantees. Self-defense training from a skilled and qualified instructor, however, can increase your options as well as your preparedness. The latest statistics from Crime Clock indicate that a violent crime is committed every 26.3 seconds in the United States. “An attacker has the advantage when a potential victim is caught by surprise and becomes paralyzed by fear”, said Brandon Jones, owner and head instructor of Tyler Kung Fu and Fitness. “The objective of martial arts and self-defense programs is not necessarily to fight back, but rather to get the body past
the fear, and increase awareness so that you are more prepared should you become a target.” BBB offers the following tips before choosing an instructor: • Research the company. Look at the company’s track record and reputation. Go to bbb.org for a Business Profile that includes customer reviews and complaints. • Ask the instructor about their teaching. If you’re seeking a martial arts instructor, find out who their teachers were. A legitimate instructor will be able to describe their “lineage” in detail rather than keep it secret or simply say they were taught overseas. Bogus instructors will be elusive about their lineage and will have an obscure style. • Read the contract. Contracts are legal documents that are designed to protect both the consumer and the business involved. Once a contract is signed, it generally cannot be changed or broken unless both parties agree. To protect yourself, BBB suggests you read and thoroughly understand the contract before you sign. BBB provides the following tips to help prevent the occurrence of a potential attack. Remember, perceiving a threat before it occurs is an important part of a good selfdefense mindset. Pay attention to your surroundings, and trust your
instincts. Actively scan your environment for possible hazards. Objects such as dumpsters, delivery vehicles and vans are ideal cover to conceal a predator. When leaving a building, always observe any activity which may be going on near your vehicle as you approach. Ask for a security guard or store employee to escort you if you feel uneasy about going to your car alone. If you think you are being followed, go back inside. Never leave a public area to go someplace secluded, and draw as much attention to yourself as possible. Attackers do not want to be seen. Better Business Bureau Serving
Central East Texas and Tyler Kung Fu and fitness are hosting a free self-defense class for BBB Accredited Businesses/Charities and their guests on Thursday, September 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.at Tyler Kung Fu and Fitness located at 2537 East 5th Street Tyler, TX 75701. The class is for adults only. Space is limited. For more information or to register, please contact Betsie Chimney at (903)581-5704 or send an email to RSVP@easttexas.bbb.org. For more tips on how to be a savvy consumer, go to bbb.org. To report fraudulent activity or unscrupulous business practices, call the BBB Hotline: 903-581-8373 or report it via BBB ScamTracker.
After Harvey: TISD students attend Call 811 before rebuilding leadership camps
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AUSTIN - As Texans begin to recover from damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, it is an important time to remind the public they must call 811 before digging and follow safe practices to help prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages. The 811 call to one-call notification centers prompts pipeline operators to mark their underground pipelines in a requested area, making building projects safe. The top cause of pipeline accidents in Texas is failure to call 811 so underground utilities can be marked before digging or excavating. Nearly 25 percent of pipeline damage is caused by people digging with hand tools, such as shovels. “Don’t gamble with your safety; call 811 so you don’t have to call 911,” said Jamie Renard, Pipeline Damage Prevention Manager. “The depth of pipelines can vary due to a number of factors, including possible erosion caused by Harvey. The vast majority of these incidents are minor and do not cause injuries, but we want to keep families and neighborhoods safe as Texas begins to rebuild.” With almost 440,000 miles of active pipelines to support the state’s energy needs, Texas has
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more miles of pipeline than any other state. It is critical that all Texans are aware of this vital underground infrastructure and the importance of calling 811 before digging to reduce the risk of striking a pipeline. The call to 811 is free and must be made at least two business days before digging. Homeowners, excavators and contractors who call 811 are connected to one of the two state One-Call Centers operating in Texas. The One-Call Center then notifies underground facility operators, including pipelines. Locator personnel are dispatched to the digging site to mark the locations of underground pipelines and utilities with flags, spray paint or both. More information can be found on the Commission’s website at this link.
These students were among 1,274 students across Texas who were selected based on demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, educator recommendation and involvement in school/ community activities. Tyler ISD participants were: Dr. Bryan C. Jack Elementary School Taryn Cox, 5th Grade; Sara Eckert, 5th Grade; Magdalene Ray, 5th Grade Griffin Elementary School Samia Daniels, 5th Grade
Moore MST Magnet School IkneiseMonagan, 6th Grade; Preston Rathbun, 7th Grade; Sofia Williams, 7th Grade; Three Lakes Middle School IesuAgapito, 8th Grade; Sam Eckert, 8th Grade; Chris Everitt, 7th Grade; Peyton Marshall; 6thGrade; Peyton Martinez, 8th Grade The participating students, representing communities across Texas, traveled to Dallas/Fort Worth (fourth, fifth & sixth graders), Austin/San Antonio (fifth, sixth & seventh graders), and
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Dr. Christopher ChristopherYancey Yancey
By Joycelyne Joycelyne Fadojutimi and Kelly Kelly Bell, Bell, East East Texas Review By Fadojutimi and Texas Review r. Christopher Yancey is a local. He He r. Christopher Yancey is a local. attended Mozelle Johnston Elementaattended Mozelle Johnston Elemenry School, Judson MiddleMiddle SchoolSchool and tary School, Judson and Longview High His School. His Longview High School. brothers brothers became but became engineers, butengineers, when the oilfields whenproducing, the oilfields stopped stopped one of thoseproducbrothone Christopher of those brothers ers ing, advised to takeadvised another Christopher to take route--specifically thehad onethe route--specifically theanother one leading to medicine. He leading to medicine. He had the grades and did indeed grades and did indeed take this direction. He has spent the take 20 this direction. He has spent the past 20 years as a past years as a beloved specialist in delivering babies beloved specialist in delivering babies and treating some and treating some forms of infertility. He loves his work, forms of infertility. He loves his work, and his patients and his patients love him. love him. has served as Chief of the Division of OB/GYN Yancey Yancey has served Medical as ChiefCenter. of the Division of OB/ at Longview Regional He matriculated GYN at Longview Regional Medical Center. He matricfrom the University of Texas Medical School in Houston ulated from theofUniversity Texas Medical in and University MississippiofMedical Center inSchool Jackson, Houston and University of Mississippi Medical Center Mississippi. He is a member of the American Medical in Jackson, Mississippi. HeAssociation, is a member of the the Wiser American Association, Texas Medical and MedicalIn Association, TexasisMedical and Society. addition, Yancey a FellowAssociation, of the American the Wiser Society. In addition, Yancey is a Fellow of the College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “I love delivering babies,” he says. “My work has diversi“I love delivering babies,” he says. “My work has ty of what I do. There is more than delivering babies in my diversity of what I do. There is more than delivering practice. I have delivered everybody, and have walked with babies in my practice. I have delivered everybody, and some to the grave.” have walked with some to the grave.” Still some of his patients are have difficulty having chilStill some of his patients are have difficulty having dren. This condition is known as infertility. Infertility is children. This condition is known as infertility. Infertility the inability of a sexually active, non-contracepting couple is the inability of a sexually active, non-contracepting to achieve pregnancy in one year. couple to achieve pregnancy in one year. Some while Some of of his hispatients patientscannot cannotbecome becomepregnant, pregnant, while others cannot carry a pregnancy full term. The emotional others cannot carry a pregnancy full term. The emotionheartbreak of this statestate is crushing. When couples cannot al heartbreak of this is crushing. When couples conceive, it is vital that both husband and wife see doccannot conceive, it is vital that both husband andthe wife tor because in 30% of cases, the problem lies with the man. see the doctor because in 30% of cases, the problem lies Age another factor. withisthe man. Age is another factor. A 21-year-old woman has has time A 21-year-old woman time on on her herside, side,but butififa a woman to to attend to her woman is is 38 38 and and still stillchildless, childless,she sheneeds needs attend to biological clock while it is still ticking. There are many her biological clock while it is still ticking. There are factors to consider. many factors to consider. Smoking, specific lifestyles and some medications can
Smoking, specific lifestyles and some medications can cause infertility. Women who smoke increase the chanccause infertility. Women who smoke increase the chances they will be unable to become pregnant or will suffer es they will be unable to become or willtheir suffer miscarriage. Yancey urges them to pregnant wisely manage miscarriage. Yancey urges them to wisely manage their lifestyles so as to not work against themselves. lifestyles so as to not work against themselves. “Healthcare is a relationship,” he says. “So, I do my part “Healthcare is part a relationship,” says. “So, the I dogoal my of and you do your so the couplehecan achieve part and you do your part so the couple can achieve the having a baby.” goal of having a baby.” Yancey treats specific aspects of infertility, recommends Yancey treatsspecialists specific aspects of infertility, recomother infertility if necessary, and sends husmends other infertility specialists if necessary, and sends bands to urologists for examination and treatment when husbands to urologists for examination and treatment needed. He also has personal reasons for pursuing this when needed. He also has personal reasons for pursuing calling. this calling. “My wife and I always wanted a large family, but wanted “My wife and I always wanted a large family, but to wait until I finished school,” he says. “The prospect of wanted to wait until I finished school,” he says. “The starting a family was exciting. First bath, first words, first prospect of starting a family was exciting. First bath, first steps, riding a bike,riding coaching littlecoaching league, dance words, first steps, a bike, little recitals, league, pinewood derby, fishing, bedtime stories, tea parties, playdance recitals, pinewood derby, fishing, bedtime stories, ing dress up, building forts. It was all too exciting. When tea parties, playing dress up, building forts. It was all too do we start? Signdo uswe up.start? ” exciting. When Sign us up.” It did not work out as and It did not work out as expected. expected.One Oneyear, year,two twoyears, years, thenthen threethree with with no babies. WhenWhen they went an infertility and no babies. they to went to an inspecialist he could find no problem to treat, and told fertility specialist he could find no problem to treat,them and theythem wouldthey likely neverlikely have never children. Knowing sheKnowwould told would have children. be crushed, Yancey did not share thisdid lastnot bitshare of informaing she would be crushed, Yancey this last tion with his wife. bit of information with his wife. The loneliness ofof The lonelinessofofinfertility infertilityset setin–the in--thesensation sensation having lost something having had having somethingprecious preciousbefore beforeeven even having had it. It It is a problem understand. it. problem one onehas hastotoexperience experiencetoto understand. The afflicted must mustresist resistbecoming becomingembittered, embittered, espeThe afflicted especially cially around with children. It was difficult doubly around those those blessedblessed with children. It was doubly difficult for Yancey because of the medical capacity for Yancey because of the medical capacity in which hein which served.he served. “I obstetricalresident residentininaalarge, large,inner-city inner-cityhospihos“I was was an an obstetrical pital. We cared for people who did not want to get pregtal. We cared for people who did not want to get pregnant,” nant,” says. “Wefor cared forwho people did not need he says.he“We cared people didwho not need to get to get pregnant. We cared for patients with serious drug pregnant. We cared for patients with serious drug probproblems, prostitutes, people angry at their unwanted lems, prostitutes, people angry at their unwanted pregnanpregnancies. I didn’t understand. It just fair.” cies. I didn’t understand. It just wasn’t fair.wasn’t ” Yancey gavehis hiswife wifeaayellow yellowlab labpuppy–Sadie puppy--Sadie HawYancey gave Haw-Lo-
kins Dance. This canine Yancey becamekins a substitute cal Physician Talkswonderful Dr. Christopher Dance. child. Climbing fences, climbing onto furniture This wonderful canine became a substitute child. and climbing them. She was going Climbingonto fences, climbing ontopriceless furnituretherapy, and climbing everywhere with them. onto them. She was priceless therapy, going everywhere “She loved riding in the car. We would never dream of with them. putting her in a kennel if we on a trip, so dream she went “She loved riding in the car.went We would never of with us,” he says. “She was our child and she was our putting her in a kennel if we went on a trip, so she went therapy, what“She she was did most for us was there. She with us,”but he says. our child and shebe was our therwould be there as we suffered the pain of infertility. She apy, but what she did most for us was be there. She would never spoke, she never gave advice, she never told us be there as we suffered the pain of infertility. She never she knew ‘how we felt.’ A lesson in unconditional love.” spoke, she never gave advice, she never told us she knew In time the couple’s problem was solved, and they ‘how we felt.’ A lesson in unconditional love.” were blessed with two wonderful children who came to In time the couple’s problem was solved, and they were love Sadie as much as their parents did. She was their blessed with two struggle wonderfulwith children who taught came tothem love first child. Their infertility Sadie as much as their parents did. She was their first the value of life, and Sadie taught them the value of child. Their struggle “being there.” with infertility taught them the value of life, and Sadie them “being there.” fixaYancey’staught devotion tothe hisvalue workof and a compulsive Yancey’s devotion to his work and a compulsive tion on doing everything in his power to help his fixation patients on doing everything in his power to help his patients has actually led to him being labeled “overcautious.”has actually ledadmits to himto being “overcautious. ” Hestems readily He readily this,labeled and that this tendency admits this,personal and that this tendencywith stems his own, from histoown, experience thefrom heartbreak personal experience with theofheartbreak of infertility. His of infertility. His treatment childless couples and his treatment of childless couples and his success in treating success in treating them means he has no interest in themnumbers. means he has no interest in case numbers. case “I’ve never never kept up with “I’ve with how how many manybabies babiesI’ve I’vedelivered delivbecause then they a number, ” he says.he says. ered because thenjust theybecome just become a number,” “Every itsown ownstory, story,life lifeand andfamily–not family--notjust a “Every delivery delivery isisits just a number.” number. ” He how infertility infertility infuses infusesits itsvictims victimswith witha He knows knows well well how alife lifeperspective perspective incomprehensible to those incomprehensible to those whowho havehave never never experienced it. experienced it. “This deepenedfor forme mebecause because a “This life life perspective perspective deepened ofof a yelyellow Labrador who provided comfort taught low Labrador who provided comfort andand taught empathy,” empathy,” he says. he says. At developedaatumor tumorthat thatslowly slowlycrippled cripAtage age 13, 13, Sadie Sadie developed pled her.she Asslipped she slipped Dr. Phillip her. As away, away, all Dr.all Phillip YanceyYancey could do could do was “be there” for her. He was. was “be there” for her. He was. For or to to contact contact Dr DrChristopher Christopher For more more information information or Yancey, call(903) (903)757-6042. 757-6042. Yancey, please please call
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