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Updated: April 7, 2020 @ 6:50 am
I've been with you, Victoria Advocate, through good times and bad. I won't be wasting my money anymore. I have cancelled my VERY long-standing subscription effective immediately. This unwise business move is nothing but a slap in the face to your long-term customers.
My deepest condolences to the family
Know that you are in our prayers
Not a fan of reading on line, enjoy crossword puzzles etc. all I have is an iPhone and if I look on line it’s only at the obituaries. My brother and sister do not have access to online services at all. Hope this is only temporary!
Almost half are in their 20's and 30's, according to the chart it's 41.5%. People need to stay home and facetime or call the people they want to talk to. IMO
Victoria residents start to adjust to pandemic life
Naw, we just be getting a taste of socialism.
My deepest condolences to the Escalante family. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. Blessings to the family.
Gary, my Mom is the same way as I am also. Now because of this fancy dancy choice the VA has made she wants to cancel her subscription as many of us will.
Now he is the catch, most of us pay our subscription on a yearly basis. Will we be reimbursed for the months we have paid for in advance? No smiley face
Williams appeals to right-wing libertarians.
I'm 75- years old and have loved the digital format for over two years. No worries, always there at 6:00 AM have the app on my iPad for transportability. I'm not a coupon clipper or a crossword buff but I can see how they would miss it.
I’m not old and use technology, but would like a paper. On the other hand, Monday’s paper usually only takes a few minutes to read. Most of it is cut and paste articles from other sources. It’s where the industry is heading, not just Victoria.
Allen T Coffey
This is part of the GOP's permanent playbook. Dubya used 9/11 to push his tax cuts and other agenda items and Trump is just following in his footprints.
The clearest sign that we are severely under-counting cases is that world-wide, the trend is that men are more likely to to have the virus, but of the cases reported there's a clear trend towards women in our county. There's probably a lot of men who are untested who have it.
his writing looks pretty common since, to me
it seems you always have negative things to write about
For your senior citizens who don't use electronic devices you just removed something that they look forward to everyday. Not only do they miss out on the news but also the entertainment of comics, crossword and more. As insane as this will sound my mom will be beside herself that she can't see in the obituaries if any old friends have passed away. It's a shame you spend all that money to have your name on a fancy building but can't afford to maintain service to your loyal long term subscribers.
Do a poll and see how popular you are going to be with older, non-digital citizens that grab their coffee and sit down with the newspaper and work the crossword puzzle, etc.
Why does the Advocate persist in publishing this tripe?
The only thing your editorial missed was naming the root cause of the testing debacle: Donald John Trump and his enablers.
Hopefully this will be a wake up call for people to get rid of debt. You find out really quick your financial situation in a crisis. The government will not save you. Get out of debt. Save. Use your money wisely. It can be done.
I can think of one expense already that can be cut...we don't need bootfest.
It means that according to today's poll asking if people are following the health notice that we should wear face masks when in public.
As I’ve said before the rules are too ambiguous. We need clear, precise rules from the top! If it’s not food, medicine, or gas you need then get your butt home!
If it’s not food, medicine or gas you need then get your butt home!
As I’ve said before the rules are too ambiguous! We need someone from the top giving clear and precise orders!!
Roy -- You've totally missed the point of either "1984" or the regulations in the article. The purpose of the regulations is to slow the spread of a very contagious and, for some, dangerous virus that has spread around the world. "1984" is about a dystopian Western society under the complete control of a brutal totalitarian dictatorship. That said, many of the guiding principles of that dictatorship unfortunately have become normal in present day America. Examples would be double-think/double-speak (Political Correctness) and a government controlled media. As a result, the general population is well on the way to becoming a herd of mindless sheeple.
People really still are not taking this seriously. I just drove by Lowe’s garden center and saw numerous people shopping for plants! Also how is Hobby Lobby a essential business. The curve will continue to go up unless people stay home!
George Orwell said this years ago. A movie was made about this. 1984
Our deepest condolences to you and your family. May she rest in peace. Love to you and your family.
They should have done a long time ago.
Where are you getting that information? Nowhere in the article does it mention requiring people to wear a mask?
I do agree that the preventative actions have been incredibly slow to come, from the president to the governor to the judge and mayor.
This editorial is essentially saying we personally don't believe TNR works, therefore starve it of any resources? Everything in this article is what I've heard from TNR advocates; TNR is explicitly to reduce feral populations, and to adopt into indoor homes any kittens that escape the TNR dragnet.
If the goal is to euthanize stray or feral cats, then just come out and say it. Otherwise, TNR is an admirable goal to reduce feral cat populations.
He was a high Risk child molester we need those off the streets. Go easy on them judge they just took him off the streets since the 1st judge let him off with a slap on the hand. I dont know why judges give drug cases longer than people like Guy... wth is wrong with this world?
A month ago you may have been stopped by police for wearing a mask while driving. Now, you may be stopped for driving and not wearing one.
“We look back at some (patients), and they deny any symptoms at all. And that’s when it gets really scary.” -- That's exactly why we need to have testing for all, on demand, no doctors orders, no preconditions - NOW.
It means the county is taking proactive measures to stop the spread of this deadly virus for people like me
Legit question: Is this something that we will be allowed to do with the new stay home-stay safe orders? I read the full order and could not determine if we are still allowed to go on walks if we maintain the 6 foot rule.
"The backward stop sign had no factor in the cause of the crash, San Miguel said." -- Really? That depends on whether Mr. Kuykendall stopped for the stop sign and then pulled out in front of the truck or if he simply ran the stop sign. The article is unclear about which it was. If the latter, then the backward sign might have been a major factor, and San Miguel is trying a little CYA to protect the Highway Dept from being sued for negligence.
It means you're being controlled...
It means the powers-that-be are shutting the barn door after the horses have already gotten out.
So what does this mean.
The thing we should see from our leader how the people infected think the caught it.
I wish y'all had been more focused in this editorial. There is nothing wrong with calling out the persons who want to sacrifice our elders on the already blood befouled altar of unbridled capitalism -- AKA: "the economy." Persons calling for that kind of sacrifice -- Lt Governor Dan Patrick, Glenn Beck, Dennis Prager, et al -- are neither compassionate nor moral, they are predators who know that were such advice heeded they -- because of their wealth and privilege -- would never actually need to pay that price themselves.
I was very saddened to learn of this. I am so sorry. Prayers for the family.
Brian -- Right on! They remind me of Newton's 1st Law of Motion; "A body at rest tends to stay at rest...".
If your point is that there's really no problem, and we can just go about normal lives, then consider that a few months ago this disease started in China, on the other side of the planet from us, and now we have 15 cases and counting right here in Victoria County. It spreads from human to human, so the best way to break the chain is to stay away from places where humans gather. Just because it's "only" 15 now doesn't mean it can't quickly become 1500 or more without proper precautions. Also, if testing were available right now, without preconditions, to whoever wants it, I think you'd see a substantial jump in the number of cases.
Don't count on the City or the County to do anything. People have been complaining for awhile, about price and service.
Would COAD help with cell phone bills? If a person uses it for unemployment, such as jobs,contacting TWC, etc.. Some only have their cell phone and that's the way, the call and check on the benefits.
As of writing this...
County population: 90,000+/-
Known Cases: 15
Even if 800 cases still less than 1%
Lisa, I think you meant why aren't other stores following HEB's lead. I think you'll find that theose businesses with the infrastrucutre in place, like restaurants, are offering druive through.
I am not defending anyone here. It would be nice if more did.
Thank you! We were going to the lake every day to get out. Not even an issue of people around. Then they closed. Really? There is one still open, again I have seen zero issues, so I’ll be there until the government, in there infinite wisdom closes it. Yet, I can go to Walmart and be around tons of people, or liquor stores, cell phone stores, academy, etc. zero common sense
You and your family have our deepest sympathy. He was greatly admired by all who knew him. He was a kind man, of the highest character. He always seemed to be of good humor.
Leland and Cathleen Schroeter
Why are all Victoria stores following the lead of HEB? They are providing services in a safe manner and keeping employees safe as well. I'd like to see big store like Walmart follow this example
I knew Jerry for the last five years, he was a regular passenger in my taxi. He was a good man, kind and loving, and I don't think that many people got to see those sides of him. Each time he was hospitalized I worried that I'd seen the last of him, but he kept coming back. I'll miss you Jerry, for your goodness and wit, and I hope you're up there laughing at all of us stuck down here.
Every time you returned to work you un-retired, and Don't work no longer applied. When you re-retired then it did again. Enjoy your 7 Saturdays every week.
May God bring your beloved pet back to you soon 😢
Mr. Dockery, My expertise in economics lies mainly in health care, with some collateral understanding of a broader economy. I've written about the fact that no free market exists in health care -- meaning the entire health/medical industry.
One day, "we the people" must have a serious disucussion about the so-called free market. Not today for me. But I post this respsone to ask you to think about how "free" our economy is or isn't.
Thank you for reading and for your support. We welcome all story suggestions. Our journalists are out in the field talking with a variety of sources. It would be interesting to talk with those who are disregarding what officials are telling all to do.
I read every article. They seem to be repetitive. There are interesting stories to be covered out there. Maybe think outside the box. Researching the mindset of those who are out and about without care would be interesting. Especially the elderly, who come into my place of work all day.
Interesting. As long as the free market dictates this and not the government, then I’m good. I know with my job, over the last couple years, travel is rare. Almost everything is virtual. There are instances where face to face is more beneficial, but rare. People are social in nature, so this may not fit all businesses.
Please shelter in place!
Please lock down victoria !😷
Which school was he/she employed?
Maybe not. I have retired 3 times and returned to working twice because I was needed to help with a project. That said I am now retired...done....finished....invisible...
Contrary to your research his comment was televised live. In your post you seem unsure of what he said and what he was talking about stating two separate reasons. The statement was heard by millions. He was wrong and you are wrong. Using bogus sources of information is a prime indicator for the type Journalist you are and you should sue Baylor. Roll tape!
The reasons we are not seeing new cases is because people are not getting testing. Testing actually has just started and results take time to come back. People are not taking this seriously, and it is going to get much worse before it gets better.
I feel your sadness. Unfortunately we’ve surrendered most of our 1st amendment rights. It’s worrisome which rights will be next.
Daniel - I think retired fits well in the Don't work selection.
HEB is the best.
Did anyone consider those retired folks?
Right! We should admire the one person responsible for disbanding critical functions of the CDC, called a deadly communicable disease a "Hoax to make him look bad", wasted valuable time using his offices power to insure testing and critical PPE for the medical staff. While innocent people are dying. We must get back to making a profit even at the expense of human life. There are many elected Republicans contending that those people that are in poor health or elderly do not add value to our society. Let them die. They and their loved ones should be proud to make that sacrifice.
The idea that an area of 80,000+ population does not maintain a current public health data base tracking and reporting critical information to the public is unconscionable. Because of the close relationship with surrounding counties it would be prudent to expand the documentation regarding crucial public safety information and even during periods of quiet health issues it should be reviewed annually and updated frequently.
Thank you, that's one less thing to worry about. Now hopefully the power providers, gas providers, cell phone companies and insurance companies will do the same.
I have not seen such a massive failure of federal leadership, resources and implementation since Dubya and "Brownie" failed New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. And of course, it's the locals and the states who suffer from the incompetence -- like people are during this pandemic which is now, and will be into the future, a far greater disaster for not just Victoria County and the State of Texas, but for the whole country. The lack of tests, masks, ventilators, and other vital supplies is just unacceptable.
Thank you all for thinking of your customers! Stay safe and keep your families safe
Thank you for this article. Theresa Jacob Bluntzer was the sister of my 2Xgreat-grandfather, Henry Andrew Jacob Sr.
Pat, "This is not the body to evaluate and reform the voting system." -- So whose job is it, the Election Administrator's? I thought his/her job was limited to overseeing the conduct of a specific election, nothing more.
I would like to clarify my understanding of the role of the Election Commission. It is made up of County Judge, County Clerk, County Tax-Assessor Collector and the chairs of both political parties, Bill Pozzi and myself. The Commission’s role is to hire and fire the Election Administrator. That’s pretty much it. That role was expanded to provide some oversight of the Election Administrators job performance. This is not the body to evaluate and reform the voting system. It doesn’t have the right people at the table for that. This commission has no authority to replace antiquated machines, switch to a mail-in system. Find better contractors or recruit poll workers.
Sadly, the undeniable truth is respect/value for life has long been lost, even prior to the Coronavirus Pandemic. People have been distancing themselves from each other for a long time. At home, in a restaurant or any public place, look around you, each of the family members are on their mobile phones, oblivious of their surroundings. Maybe the Coronavirus Pandemic is only showing Americans how the rate of disintegration of our way of life will be affected under Socialism.
Nelrose was such a jolly lady and so kind to everybody she came in contact with. I met her at Twin Pines North almost 2 years ago. I wish I would have know this sweet lady longer, she touched my heart from the moment I met her. My mother, Mildred, loved her dearly. I am sincerely so sorry for your loss.
I am so heartbroken, Dustin. You were a wonderful brother to me and I will always love and miss you.
See you again some day,
Not understanding the point of this letter. I guess wear gloves when picking it up.
I don't have a label for it, but I would have a ton more government regulation; much like the European Union. And I'd have enforcement with teeth. The bankers in Iceland who screwed over the country went to jail. That's what should happen.
We need to evolve from what you called a representative republic to a true democracy.
We need to imprison Trump and his ilk.
Rowland is such an awesome school. Very neat idea. This was always one of my favorite elementary schools to substitute for. ❤️👍🏻🙏🏻
"If you look at the underpinnings of American business, you’ll see it’s not based on honest commerce but on Satanic greed." -- Wow! So, Bernie, if you could wave a magic wand and change those underpinnings to some other system what would it be? Serious question.
What do they consider low wage? If your out of work, because of the coronavirus your out of work. It's nobodies fault, if businesses are shutting down or cutting staff to survive.
That Ross Ramsey is so gentle with Bathroom Dan Patrick and the rest of them is despicable. This right-wing Republican symbiosis with business and the economy is a pact with the devil. If you look at the underpinnings of American business, you’ll see it’s not based on honest commerce but on Satanic greed.
Abbott, Patrick and the rest of them can pound sand or worse. If he and his slimy ilk want to save our country from ruin, they need to embrace and work on dealing with climate change to protect the environment; they need to work on expanding health care to give our country a viable workforce; and, they need to understand their Neanderthal and socially Darwinistic approach to leadership will result in no one to follow or to lead in the future.
He never said the virus was a hoax. He was referring to the leftist fake Russian agenda. He was commenting on the fact the Democratic leadership was mad at him for the China travel ban. Thank goodness he did the ban. Quit watching the worst journalists in the world on CNN, MSNBC and the other hack news outlets. Do your own research. As a journalism graduate of Baylor Univeristy, I stay embarrassed by many of those who call themselves journalist.
It's school's job to feed kids when they're at school, period. If you're going to legally mandate someone to be somewhere and not allow them to leave, you have to provide meals for them. Since they're not in the physical school building but are still expected to be going to school via distance learning, the school needs to provide for them.
I don't understand why this is such an issue for some people. It's literally been proven(https://academic.oup.com/qje/advance-article/doi/10.1093/qje/qjaa006/5781614) that government investment in children is a profit-generating endeavor for the government.
This is exactly why they don't release information about who has caught it; it's already everywhere, and there are enough violent foolish people out there to put those who are sick at serious, actual risk from their "communities".
Exactly Glenn, my thoughts were exactly that. We don't want these people in our clinics seeing doctors, we want them to be tested . Hopefully as Glenn said, this is the plan.
It's a start, but what's needed if we're going to get serious about slowing the spread of the virus is testing for all, on demand, no special qualifications or doctor's orders. Just drive in and get 'er done. I strongly hope that's the plan and very soon.
We all need to remember, that today's COVID-19 cases are the result of infection that has happened up to two weeks ago. This is why social distancing and limiting business activity prior to symptomatic presentation of COVID-19 is vital in light of the lack of adequate testing regimens.
And finally, wash your hands!
In 2010 Republican said that the ACA was going to create deaf panels. How is Patrick’s remark any different? The attorney general said he was going after price gouging and corrupt policies that involve medical supplies and equipment. I won’t hold my breath but I’ll keep reading.
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