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I don’t know what I was doing on the second of June. Too many “irons in the fire.” That’s what we used to say when we were trying to get things done and it seemed there weren’t enough hours in the day. Burning years off the candle late into the night.

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We recently went to a “destination wedding” for our nephew and his absolutely wonderful bride. Of course, since most of our family is far flung, almost every wedding is a destination wedding for us. While this wedding was unique to the loving couple, I have noticed a certain cast of characte…

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Once again our state representative, John Kuempel, has mailed one of his puff pieces to residents in Guadalupe and Wilson counties. As usual, he touts purported accomplishments which are, as often as not, failures.

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Last week, I had the chance to check out “Joker,” the standalone DC Comics film that features an origin story about the well-known Batman villain of the same name. Before its release, it gained controversy over the revealed details of how much more brutal and violent the film was than any of…

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Mr. Robert de Zavala in his letter on Sept. 11 asked about honoring Juan Seguin. He sees Seguin as a traitor. To answer this, one needs to know more about the Texas Revolution, the Republic of Texas, and Juan Seguin.

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Q. If I am applying “Cut Vine and Stump Killer” to the freshly cut trunk of a 7-inch weed tree, do I have to paint the whole cut or will it work if I just paint the cambium layer around the edge of the trunk? 

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From the mid 1920s until the 1960s, the boredom of traveling across the long stretches of Texas often would be broken by clever advertising signs placed along highways by Burma-Vita, a shaving cream company owned by Leonard and Allen Odell with headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Burma S…

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The apprehensive Kickapoos watched the surveyors’ every move on the morning of Oct. 8, 1838, knowing from bitter experience that when white men came to measure the land, settlers were not far behind.

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I was both heartened and saddened when I saw the news that former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was convicted of murder in the shooting death of Botham Jean. Last year, Guyger walked into Jean’s apartment thinking it was her own and shot him to death on the spot.

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Last week, during the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit in New York, a 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist named Greta Thunberg gave an accusatory speech toward ambassadors from across the globe. In this speech, she said how she should be in school and that the world leaders “come to” her…

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Q. Our rural neighborhood has lots of large trees, especially live oaks. Some of the trees are 4 feet in diameter. I always heard that the large old live oaks are unlikely to break or topple over even if they are largely hollow. Several weeks ago, a very large oak broke about 4 feet from the…

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The cold-blooded murder of an unarmed man on Oct. 1, 1875, was Johnny Ringo’s contribution to a Texas feud and the only confirmed kill of his mostly make-believe career.

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While growing up in central England, the place where I spent most of my time when I wasn’t at school was a large green public park just a couple of streets over from my home. There, kids could play soccer, rounders (something like softball) or climb a complex structure that resembled a large…

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At the beginning of the Civil War, the United States immediately withdrew all of their troops from Texas and the South to form the Union Army. This situation left the Texas frontier unprotected and defenseless against the raiding Comanche, Kiowa and Apache. As a result of these raids, the ed…

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Many folks have been asking and fretting, so just in case you were wondering, I started a new job almost a month ago. Right now, I’m going through that stage our kids go through when they change schools. I even got a new set of pens and a backpack, because, well, that’s what you get when you…

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In view of the flood of bad news, some disturbingly so, in our community and in the nation at large, it was good to see more than 500 people attending a banquet for a good cause right here in Seguin. The occasion was the 19th annual fundraising banquet of the South Texas Pregnancy Care Cente…

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Several weeks ago, there was a call for a federal government ban on flavored vape pens due to the reported six deaths relating to the devices. Hearing this, I honestly thought it was the dumbest thing I have ever heard.

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Imagine you manage a small business in a part of town that sees more than its share of crime and a wealthy guy from another part of town walks in trailing a couple big guys that look like bodyguards. Imagine further that you’re having a conversation with the wealthy guy about the local busin…

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Q. You recommend that wildflower seeds be spread on sites where the seed makes contact with the soil, bare soil is best. Would it work if we applied mulch after seeding so we could conserve water and reduce weed competition with the wildflowers?

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A couple of years ago while vacationing with my wife in a rural part of northern England, I began to realize how late it was getting to be. My wife, Debbie, also helped me to understand that we did not have a reservation for a place to stay that night.

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I was talking to a friend about her little girl, Lorelei, who is now 4 years old. Because both parents are darn clever with pretty impressive vocabularies, this 4-year-old is unusually articulate.

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A few of us senior citizens still remember the rationing of certain commodities during World War II. Today it’s hard to believe, with all the television commercials and mailboxes full of flyers, that at one time most of these products were rationed.

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With basic training under his belt, Elvis Presley left Texas on Sep. 18, 1958, and shipped out for West Germany to complete his two-year military obligation.

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For those that don’t know, I am an elected member of the governing board of the Republican Party of Texas commonly know as the State Republican Executive Committee or SREC for short. There is one male and one female board member for each of the 31 Texas Senatorial Districts, totaling 62 boar…

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A little over 200 years ago, a group of people who had just won their independence from a king decided they would form a government. Much thought and debate was put into this endeavor, and in the end, it seems the plan they concocted was pretty good. A representative republic would certainly…

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It has been one heck of a month being mayor of our fair city of Seguin. Many things of great importance seem to have converged all at once — finalizing the yearly budget, interviewing city manager candidates, all topped off by the GBRA dam crisis. Besides all that, there’s been a lot going o…

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Q. My St. Augustine lawn has been beautiful for years growing under our oak trees, but it has declined over the last few years. It may be because of climate change and global warming but whatever the cause, my spouse and I think it is time that we replace the St. Augustine grass with a grass…

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Much has been written about the feasibility, results and cost of the Green New Deal and House Resolution 109. The resolution calls for 100% of power usage in the US to be supplied by so called clean, renewable, zero-emission energy sources.

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The opioid crisis is not new. People in Italy were growing opium poppies 7,500 years ago. Opium is mentioned in the writings of both Egypt and Sumeria. It was well known to both Hippocrates and Galen of Greece. Its uses may have been lost in Europe after the fall of Rome, but it was describe…

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Immediately after the 2016 presidential election in which Donald Trump lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes or 2.1% and yet won the electoral college overwhelmingly, we all heard Clinton supporters complain that the electoral college should be abolished. There’s still plenty of gr…

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As Guadalupe County judge, I am asked daily how my constituents feel about the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority’s plan to drain four lakes without a long-range plan in place to revitalize them. They want to know why GBRA gave property owners less than one month’s notice before GBRA moves for…

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Q. We live on a river that was dammed to make a small lake. The dam collapsed and the lake drained. It may be rebuilt in three years. The horticulture issue concerns the bald cypress trees. Most are now not in contact with water. What do we need to do to protect them? Will a drip line at the…

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In the not too distant past when a person was asked, “what is your brand?” the question was usually referring to a choice of cigarettes. However, the word “brand” had a different meaning to early settlers in the Dewitt Colony.

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Last week as I turned the page on my desk calendar to the month of September, my thoughts immediately turned to my mother. My Mum — as I always called her growing up, and who passed away in 2003 — would have been 99 years old just a couple of days ago.

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Recently, we went on a camping trip and for some reason I was only allowed by the universe to drive behind gravel trucks. You know the ones; they are typically white and shaped like long inverted triangles. They have a hole at the bottom in the center and they use them to carry large loads o…

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A 20-year-old corporal from Fort Hancock sacrificed his life on the night of Sep. 6-7, 1952, and became the fourth native Texan to earn the Medal of Honor in the Korean War.

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The Gazette’s outstanding 5-part series on the future of the Guadalupe River lakes should earn an award. The series was nicely summed up by Executive Editor Chris Lykins in his Sunday editorial: “Money, power driving lakes conversation.”

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Sunday morning, Sept. 1, more than 800 new Texas laws took effect. I picked out a handful that should be of interest or at least amusing. Many of the laws rename highways or correct minor issues in existing laws.

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A couple of weeks ago, I drove to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to visit a client, and as I passed the area near Big Spring, Texas, I saw three very large clusters of windmills.

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Last weekend, two friends and I attended the San Japan anime convention in San Antonio. I’ve attended this convention since 2013, and I tend to take the time to meet different guests while my friends partake in their own activities. I know some of you are asking, “What does this have to do w…

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Local ecological problems, and issues which should be dealt with when profoundly and holistically resolving these challenges, are generally a microcosm of global challenges. Here in our Seguin, Texas area, a landfill proposed for development over the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer was one such challenge.

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Q. What good are acorns? They make a mess and get in my dog’s paws. Is there any way to prevent acorn production in live oaks and Texas red oaks?

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