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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all our lives. The closing of businesses and schools, and the shift to working and learning from home for those who can do so, has been our “new normal” since March. This change has resulted in many families struggling to put food on their tables and roofs…

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Q. Our tomatoes were doing well. We have Red Snapper, Celebrity, and Tycoon plus Ruby Crush and BHN 968. The cherry tomatoes have been producing for six weeks and the large tomatoes for nearly a month. Now, however, half of the large tomatoes have spider mites. What is your advice? 

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The president has delayed a peaceful transition of power for over three weeks. And though he’s finally allowed some of the transition to move forward, he and his minions are still actively attempting to overturn the election results. Over 6 million more Americans voted for Biden than the pre…

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As a former teacher, I strongly believe in public education; but I also strongly support school of choice. If institutions are not allowed to accept additional tuition and meet some commonly recognized educational standards, they should be allowed to compete for public funding.

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It has been a while since I have written about my adventures in motherhood, so I thought this would be a good time for an update. Our boys have outgrown the days of cartoons and sippy cups, and we have entered the most eventful stage of “preteen.” The eye-rolling and exaggerated sighs when w…

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A dozen years ago or so, I was gadding about a centuries old cemetery in some obscure antique village somewhere in New Hampshire. Written below the large headstone just below the names of a long-married couple who had been buried together:

This year was rough on a lot of people. And many people still are struggling to make ends meet. Many found themselves without jobs — whether temporarily or permanently.

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Sam Houston was so badly shaken by the Nov. 30, 1837, death of Deaf Smith, the famed San Jacinto scout, that he took a month-long leave of absence from the presidency of the Lone Star Republic.

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Q. I have what I think are cabbage loopers on my broccoli. They are tiny and have not done much damage yet. I have used Thuricide to try and control them, but it does not seem to be working. What is another option?

From 2016 to 2018, fire departments in this country responded to about 189,300 cooking fires in residences each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. It said those fires resulted in 170 deaths, 3,300 injuries and about $443 million in property loss.

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Last week, I mentioned that the Texas 87th Legislature would be going back to work in January 2021, that I am a member of the Republican Party of Texas Legislative Priority Committee, and that we will set to work hard to encourage our elected officials to pass our priorities and other associ…

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This Thursday, we gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving. Many of these relatives and friends, we are happy to see after a prolonged separation. Others, we sit in uncomfortable silence as we tolerate their presence, and count down the time until it is time to part for anoth…

I respectfully request that Congress pass the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act, H.R. 5434/S. 2602, in 2020. The bipartisan RPM Act protects the right to convert an automobile or motorcycle into a racing car to be used exclusively on the racetrack.

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Determined to succeed where his predecessor had failed, Texas Ranger Capt. Lee Hall arrested King Fisher on five counts of murder on Nov. 19, 1877. Had the smartest outlaw in the Lone Star State finally run out of luck?

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There is no question that growing up is seriously over-rated. I mean other than being able to get your own snow cone every night if you darn well please, there aren’t too many things worth the tradeoffs of adulthood: bills, worry, and way too much laundry.

Now that the elections are over, I hope we all take a deep breath and consider the implications concerning the presidential and congressional votes.

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Although I’m not prepared to label it a tradition, I have for the past few years, just before the Thanksgiving celebration, compiled a list of things for which I am deeply thankful.

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Q. We have a St. Augustine Palmetto lawn that something is killing. I don’t see grubs or chinch bugs, but suspect that one of them is the culprit. The grass pulls back in great swaths. 

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Senior year is supposed to be the best year ever. The year where you figure out where you are going to go with your life. You get prom and homecoming, and all of the memories to go with it. But as for the class of 2021, all we got was masks, hand sanitizer and a lot of disappointment.

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The 87th Legislature is right around the corner and will go into session the first week of January 2021. Regardless of the Democrats pumping millions of California and New York dollars into Texas to create a blue wave, all they got for their money was a small blue ripple.

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In a solemn ceremony on Nov. 13, 1940, the Alamo Cenotaph was formally dedicated as a symbolic final resting place for those immortal martyrs denied a decent burial 104 years earlier.

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One thing you figure out after many years of marriage is how to get along, even though your spouse insists on doing things that are, well, just wrong. For us, these are little things. A disagreement about whether super hot chile is food or torture. If dogs should be allowed on the bed or if …

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I first ran for city council back in 2006, and that seems like it was just yesterday. They say that time flies when you’re having fun, and that time has truly rocketed by at warp speed. All of a sudden, I’m sitting here writing my last column as mayor of Seguin. My tenure of six years on cit…

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It’s definitely no surprise to anyone who knows me that I love beer, especially craft brews. My wife doesn’t like to send me to get beer because I will sit in the beer aisle for 20 to 30 minutes looking for something new or interesting to drink and, fortunately, there are a lot of craft brew…

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Last week, I promised to continue discussing redistricting and gerrymandering and I’ll get to that in a moment but first I have one very important thing to say; Donald Trump, you’re fired! I’ve been aching to say that for four long years and just had to get it out of my system. Now, on to re…

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The good news is the Democrats believe their boy has won so they are not burning the cities down; the really good news is Republicans don’t burn and loot. Republicans don’t fill dumpsters with stolen ballots; Republicans allow the opposition to witness the counting of ballots. Republicans ha…

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Dolph Briscoe survived a surprisingly strong challenge from Republican Henry Grover on Nov. 7, 1972, but the 6% showing by the Raza Unida candidate made the Democrat the first Texas governor in 78 years elected without a clear majority of the votes.

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We are excited to announce we have a new pet. Technically it doesn’t know it’s our pet, but we are providing food and water, so we figure that counts.

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By the time you read this, we should have a very good idea who our president will be for the next four years. I feel very confident that Texas will go solidly red and President Trump will have four more years. We may not have the final tally, but, again I feel very confident.

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Possibly the most important piece of business that the state legislature will address when it convenes in January is redistricting since the decennial census results will be distributed early next year. If the election results have been good to Democrats in the state house, 2021 will be the …

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Q. We have six tomato plants in half whiskey barrel-size containers. They looked to be doing great with large fruit moving to ripening, but now I see one of the plants is loaded with spider mites. Is there an effective way to treat the spider mites and maximize tomato production?

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It’s Nov. 4, 2020, the day after the election. We’ve seen the results. Some of us may be relieved, and some will be worried about what will happen the next four years. Many might be worried about the country going under. All I got to say is, relax and take a breath.

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