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After a few weeks off, I had planned on continuing my writing on President Biden’s failures and the huge crisis going on at the boarder. I planned to discuss Biden’s attempts to force vaccination mandates on Americans while currently allowing as many as 200,000 illegal immigrants to enter ou…

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Both the United States and Texas constitutions have strong protections for religious liberty incorporated in them. Unfortunately, some folks have let their desire to participate in church services overwhelm their sense of self-preservation and their duty to protect their community by demandi…

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On Sept. 9, President Biden announced a new mandate that would implement a six-point mitigation strategy meant to combat the different known strains of COVID-19. Though his strongest supporters praised this announcement, many Americans were enraged. The one statement within this announcement…

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To many people reading this column, World War II, the Korean War, and perhaps even the Vietnam War represent ancient history. But time shrinks when I can say that I knew my great-great grandmother who taught school in Seguin during the Civil War. However, if we had just lived during the last…

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In a double-header with the Kansas City Athletics on Sept. 17, 1958, Boston’s Pete Runnels hit safely in four of eight at-bats to raise his batting average to .322, four points better than Red Sox teammate Ted Williams.

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During the years I’ve been putting pen to paper writing this weekly column, I’ve openly shared stories and anecdotes about my life as well as the lives of my friends and family.

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While there is still much that is unclear about Alzheimer’s and dementia, we are beginning to understand ways to better communicate with people experiencing memory loss. Arts therapy can be a powerful tool for communication and increasing quality of life.

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Well, things are a little crazy around here since we got our new puppy. As veterans of many puppy raisings, you would think we’d be prepared for all the things that a new puppy brings. But the truth is that once you have a well-behaved, or at least mostly civilized, dog in the house, you for…

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Q. My nurseryman has convinced me that it works well to kill the St. Augustine grass with Roundup and then plant the Asiatic jasmine or other groundcover into the killed sod. I still have a question about how quickly I can plant the groundcover into the sprayed sod. Does the grass need to be…

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I find it really interesting that the majority of anti-mask and anti-vaccination activists are Republicans who are vocally Christian. You’d think given the early years of Christianity when much of the Roman world was consumed in plague and it was Christians who cared for the sick and dying s…

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In an ironic turn of events last week, our Texas leaders decried the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, then imposed the same deacon limits on Texan female autonomy as their Taliban brethren. In an act of laughable, if not so appalling, empty headedness, Texas State Rep. Matt Schaefer decrie…

Currently in the midst of another surge of COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and intubation, some heroic staff members at Guadalupe Regional Medical Center could be reaching the ends of their ropes.

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I was sitting on the edge of my bed and staring at my bedroom door when I received the call that my grandma had tested positive for COVID-19. My grandma is 88, lives in a senior living community, has dementia, and by all accounts was a high-risk case. I felt panicked. The fear was exacerbate…

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Sometimes, all you can do is survive. Survival seems to be an overarching theme for Texas college football teams so far this season. To a casual observer, these Texas teams squeaking out wins over seemingly inferior opponents may feel like foreshadowing of a long season. However, don’t lose …

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Guidelines around social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic have been a double-edged sword for the elderly living alone: Go out and risk exposure to coronavirus or stay home and risk feeling isolated and depressed. We all thought we would be out of this pandemic by now. But the highly c…

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“Sept. 11 is one of our worst days, but it brought out the best in us. It unified us as a country and showed our charitable instincts and reminded us of what we stood and still stand for.”  — Sen. Lamar Alexander

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Twenty years ago, I was 16 years old and a junior in high school. I couldn’t tell you how the day started or what I had for breakfast on Sept. 11, 2001, but I can tell you vividly what happened later that morning as I walked through the halls of Frisco High School during passing periods betw…

Many people of a certain age can recall images of passenger planes slamming into tall buildings and people desperately leaping from those structures to their doom in hopes of escaping the towers’ inevitable collapse and intensely burning fires within.

After moving to Seguin about two months ago from Washington state with no relatives or friends nearby, my wife and I knew nothing of the area. Luckily, we visited the Seguin Elks. This is where we met a lot of helpful and friendly people.

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This past Labor Day weekend, several of my friends and I attended this year’s San Japan anime convention, San Japan 12.5: Throwback. I will admit, things were a bit more different this year due to restrictions based around decisions by the convention staff as well as current COVID guidelines…

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As of Sept. 1, Texas Republicans have essentially outlawed abortion in the state. SB8 makes it illegal to have an abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy and since women are often unsure they’re pregnant before six weeks, this bill essentially prohibits 85% of abortions in Texas. The five…

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Q. We bought a new house and must decide about a lawn. There is only about 3 inches of soil, and our landscape contractor is encouraging us to add another 3 inches of soil before we lay down sod. He says paying for the extra soil is worth it because the lawn will look so much better, and we …

It seems difficult to believe but there are adults today who were too young to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001, in the United States of America.

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I have always been fascinated by fly fishing. I drive by River Road sometimes and I’ll see these people standing in the middle of the river, looking like they are trying to lasso a fish. They snap the line back and forth in an elongated S and I think — is it me or does that look like rhythmi…

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Seguin and Guadalupe County have untold numbers of men and women who served in the military and many of them have retired from their military careers. Every month, 10 or 12 of our military retirees and veterans get together for breakfast.

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Sensing concern in the community, we thought it would be best for the Seguin ISD board of trustees to provide an update to the district COVID Safety plan. In an effort to provide a safe learning environment for our students and staff, Seguin ISD has numerous safety protocols in place at camp…

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On Sept. 6, 1896, the Katy Railroad put $2 tickets on sale for seats on excursion trains that would carry buyers to the sight of the century — a staged collision of two locomotives.

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It’s back. No, not back like the Texas Longhorns in the 2019 Sugar Bowl or back like Michael Jordan in 1995. College football is not “back” in that sense because, technically, it never left. But let’s face it, college football in 2020 was not college football. What sets college football apar…

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The loss of life is tragic and senseless. However, when it comes to the lives lost in Afghanistan, it is out of genuine stupidity. I must confess that I am personally livid about the seizing of power by the Taliban as the United States pulls out of Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of occupation.

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I often cringe when I hear the words “for free.” Merriam-Webster Dictionary lists about a dozen uses of the word free and even dozens more sub-uses. Typically, most will agree the word free should be used as an adjective, verb or adverb.

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April 30, 1975, after the Americans declared victory and went home, Vietnam fell. Today, Afghanistan is falling, and soon the bitterness pervading the Vietnam vet will infect the vets of the Afghan war. Regrettably, we become brothers in arms in unintended ways. The seeds of defeat in Vietna…

With all the controversy over mask mandates in school, what I keep thinking about is whether anyone has really thought of the children. We know that hospitals are filled with children under the age of 12. The governor has fought mask mandates because he feels parents should be able to make t…

My neighbor Bradford Finch recently died. He was the best neighbor anyone could want. He was a neighbor for over 15 years.

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When growing up in Seguin in the 1950s, our population was about 10,000 and Guadalupe County had only about 25,000 people. Everyone knew everyone. If a person did something they should not do, the town would know about it before they got home that day.