As we find ourselves halfway through Hispanic Heritage Month, Guadalupe County residents can reflect more than most on the sea of Hispanic history that swirls around the area.

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We’ll start this week with a few updates from around the state. Earlier this week, the Texas Historical Commission voted 12-2 not to relocate the Alamo Cenotaph. The Republican Party has been working for several years to protect the Alamo, the Cenotaph and other historical markers and monume…

Q. I read a column you wrote about the hummingbirds passing through our area this fall and all the action we could expect with three species of hummingbirds and lots of competition for sugar water and nectar. I have not seen any hummingbirds for two weeks now. Have I missed all the action? S…

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As mentioned on previous posts, the media makes an effort to downplay third-party candidates in an effort to keep the two main parties in complete control. However, this is not the only means of maintaining control, as manipulation of education is also used for indoctrination.

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President Donald Trump has named an exceedingly controversial nominee to replace esteemed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Aside from the fact that it turns out that our senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, along with every other Republican in the senate lied to us in 2016 regarding the reason to…

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On Sept. 26, 1866, a special joint committee of the Texas House and Senate submitted its official report on the recent tragedy in Brenham to the governor.

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“I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” — Etienne de Grellet, an early 19th century French-American Quaker missionary

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Archer, our terrier mix, has developed a new skill recently, one that I really, really had hoped he would not figure out. But first you need to know a few things.

With more than $40 billion in financial aid toward the Texas economy, the rapid establishment and dispersal of Paycheck Protection Program loans has, without a doubt, been a life-saving act for millions of American business owners.

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We shouldn’t forget the stance that some elected officials took when a president was on his way out with the 2016 presidential election pending a little more than eight months away. The stance Republicans took at the time was to forego the filling of Justice Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Cour…

Soon, our media outlets will be full of controversies over COVID-19 vaccinations. Remember the Kentucky couple who had to wear ankle monitors for refusing to quarantine after a positive test result?

It is beginning to look like 2020 is the year Russian Leader Nikita Khrushchev was talking about, in the late 1950’s, when he said that they [the Communist] would rule over our grandchildren. The “Greatest Generation” is gone and their grandchildren have “no idea” what a “great inheritance o…

The Honorable Vicente Gonzalez Jr., House of Representatives, generated a mass email as part of his reelection campaign on the 22nd of September for which he owes myself and every veteran an apology.

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School Finance is said to be the most intractable policy problem in the State of Texas. In 1984, the Edgefield School District sued William Kirby, the Texas Commissioner of Education, to equalize school funding between districts with greater and lesser property values. The cause of action wa…

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I think the time has come for us to put a stop to something, and I’m betting you’ll agree. At this point, we’re all getting tired of it, especially lately. This thing has gotten too big, too massive, too unwieldy. It’s like when you accidentally touch a tiny corner of your cotton candy and i…

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While the sheriff was putting the finishing touches on preparations for the first ever hanging in Maverick County on Sept. 18, 1891, four devious schoolboys came up with a clever plan to watch the private execution in person.

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Things are starting to feel a little normal again. This past Tuesday, we attended our oldest son’s first football game, ever. After one season of flag football when he was 5, we decided that we’d prefer him to learn to play the game at an older age. We didn’t necessarily “hold him back;” he …

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Partisanship in the 21st century can be deadly dangerous. Let me give you a few examples. Republican-led Texas continues to rise on the list of states by proportion of COVID-19 deaths as compared to population, now standing at number 17 with a more than 30% greater proportional death toll th…

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Q. Our bur oak tree has been growing in the front yard for six years. This year for the first time, it is dropping its leaves early. Should we be worried? It has been hot this year but not exceptionally hot. Should we fertilize or give it more water?

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One of the many reasons why Libertarians are proud of our presidential candidate Dr. Jo Jorgensen is that she is a key lecturer at Clemson University for Psychology. She recognizes that addiction is a medical issue that requires medical attention.

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We have very defined roles around here, especially since there are just two of us now. My husband, Adam, does laundry. I do bathroom clean up. He grills. I make pasta. I usually drive; he complains about other drivers, defending my honor as we whip around town.

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In 1866, the longest and bloodiest feud in Texas started in our area. The notorious range war began as a county law enforcement issue between the Taylor family and the local law enforcement officer, Willie Sutton. The feud, which lasted more than 10 years, would cost 35 lives. These were the…

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Texans turned out in record numbers on Sept. 9, 1844, to pick a president for the fourth and final time. With independence about to be traded for statehood, voters took comfort in the fact that the winner would soon be out of a job.

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It sure is nice to wake up to these cool mornings instead of the muggy close to 100 degrees we have had lately. It is especially great here in the always beautiful city of Marion.

It seems for months now, everyone’s talk has been all about COVID-19, the coronavirus, the pandemic ravaging parts of the world, country and our county.

For many it may not seem like nearly two decades since they awoke or were awakened on that fateful Tuesday to the startling news that America was under attack.

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Q. I am rebuilding my raised beds, and it surprises me how many snails and slugs are hidden in every nook and cranny between and under the railroad ties. It makes me think that the foliage damage that I blamed on insects was just as likely to have been done by slugs and snails. Are there any…

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This past Saturday was an exceptionally good day for the Libertarian Party. In a surprise move, the Texas Supreme Court rejected an attempt by Republicans to kick 44 Libertarian candidates off the November ballot. I would like to commend those justices for looking at the case objectively and…

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In their season opening 28-19 loss to La Vernia on Friday night, Navarro Panthers committed as many turnovers — six — as they did in all 14 games of their 2019 season combined.

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An old friend of mine whom I hadn’t seen for quite some time made a comment about how the current pandemic has, in his words, “Taken all the fun and pleasure out of everything.” Then he added, “It’s almost not worth living.”

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Since the pandemic reached our community in March, I’ve tried to keep certain words close at hand. Words like grace — hoping that my reactions and decisions are grounded in goodwill and thoughtfulness and some sense of faith and engagement. And comfort — not being afraid to recognize those t…

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Capt. John H. Rogers was born in Guadalupe County in October 1863 to parents who were early settlers in the area between Seguin and Kingsbury. On Sept. 5, 1882, at the age of 19, he joined the Texas Rangers commanded by John McNally.

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While watching this past week’s Republican National Convention, it took me back to the 2016 presidential election. I was thinking about how Republicans were called deplorable by candidate Hillary Clinton. A huge mistake that quite possibly was the turning point in her campaign.

There’s a lot happening in Guadalupe County these days. There’s a lot changing. And there are lots of issues that residents may find themselves on opposites sides of: from national politics to local issues like construction, tax dollars, health care, education and more.

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On Friday, Aug. 21, the Republicans attempted to remove Libertarian candidates from the November ballot. The Democrats successfully removed Green Party candidates a few days earlier. The Republican case was dismissed by the 3rd Court of Appeals on Tuesday, Aug. 25, because it was filed after…

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I have no doubt that most police officers take on the responsibility they do for the right reasons and most are disturbed by the murders committed by their fellow officers. However, the fact is that all the protests across the nation and the mood of even white suburbanites swinging toward de…

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Q. Our St. Augustine lawn has large brown areas in full sun. A lawn care company said it is chinch bugs and they will spray an insecticide for us. The cost is rather high, and we want to be sure that the action will solve the problem. Do you agree with the lawn care company? Is there any alt…

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