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After 22 weeks in solitary confinement, a former U.S. Senator and member of the Confederate cabinet was released by his Yankee captors and allowed to go home to Texas.

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Weatherman Jim Dawson didn’t have today’s electronic equipment so he drew the weather on a blackboard, then he would flip it over and present a comic drawing depicting some event that day. Saturday afternoon TV was soon filled with sports events covering college and professional basketball a…

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“There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating of human virtues are created, strengthened and maintained!” — Sir Winston Churchill

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I was recently on a road trip with Mireya, our youngest, and my mom, aka Grammy. We were on our way to a family gathering in New Mexico and it had been a long time since it was just the three of us in the car.

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A proposal from the Biden Administration this week is going to do the exact opposite of everything Democrats purport to change. The move will give the government another opportunity to monitor every aspect of the citizen’s lives in the name of “safety” and “security.” The proposal is to have…

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USA Today, Oct. 6 reports President Biden’s popularity has dropped to an all time low of 38%. The issues bringing about Biden’s decline are a result of his handling of the border catastrophe, the devastating exit from Afghanistan, the total lack of leadership in the COVID fiasco and the wors…

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Q. Can you give me some insight about a group of wasps that spend every evening grouped on the eaves but have not built a nest. They also are placid and are not aggressive. I have resisted spraying them. What is happening and what should I do about them?

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College football fields are often revered as holy ground. Just ask the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, one of whose brethren famously defended the ground at Kyle Field in the 1980s by brandishing his sabre at what was, I’m sure, a very threatening SMU cheerleader who dared to step on the hall…

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My wife and I just returned home from our annual sojourn to New England in search of some picturesque fall foliage. Admittedly, we were a bit earlier than usual this year due to a quick stop in Columbus, Ohio, to attend our youngest nephew’s wedding.

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Our latest addition, Rosie Bear, the German Shepherd/Great Pyrenees two-and-half-month-old puppy, has us not just on our toes. We’re constantly living on the edge of our seats, mostly because we spend most of our evenings jumping to our feet as we discover something else she has gotten big e…

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Ivy Baldwin, hero of the high wire, passed away in his sleep on Oct. 8, 1953, after 87 action-packed years. Who would have guessed that the little man, who lived so dangerously, would die so peacefully?

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As I had hoped, the Texas House District-proposed redistricting maps came out late last week. I’ll get started on that discussion shortly, but wanted to talk about our Nov. 2, 2020, election coming up soon. First, early voting runs from Oct. 18 through Oct. 29 with election day on Nov. 2.

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As students return to campuses, the concern about COVID-19 and its new variants are raising safety concerns again among superintendents and school board members across the state. Talk of having mask mandates is once again dividing parents, teachers and administrators.

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The Texas legislature is once again in special session, this time to draw new maps — congressional, state senate, state house, and state board of education districts. The maps proposed are an exercise in using power to maintain power in that the districts are drawn to increase the number of …

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Q. My neighbor pruned his live oak tree but did not paint the wounds. His argument was that the temperature was over 90 degrees so the sap beetle carriers and the oak wilt fungus would not be active. Is that a legitimate excuse not to paint the wounds?

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Always willing to do fellow Texans a favor, Phil Coe agreed on Oct. 4, 1871, to give four dozen cowboys the grand tour of Abilene when they arrived the next day in the Kansas cowtown.

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As you read this piece, Texas Lutheran University will just have celebrated Alumni and Family Weekend—a grand gathering that brings together past students, along with current and past parents and family members. Each year, this weekend highlights the longevity of our institution and emphasiz…

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I had hoped that I would be reporting on Texas House redistricting this week. As of today, I have not seen the new maps. With more than 4 million new residents in the 2020 census and 150 House districts, I feel sure we will see huge changes in Central Texas and in Senate District 44. Until I…

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Last Thursday, Variety released an article covering how John Stossel, a long-time journalist and Libertarian pundit, was suing Facebook for defaming him by appending fact-checking two videos he posted on the social media site over the topic of climate change.

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One thing that every college football fan who has ever lived is an expert on is which coach their team should hire when the inevitable axe comes for their favorite team’s coach. The criteria that qualifies for a good hire varies from person to person. Some fans want a defensive-minded coach,…

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Q. We have been trying to grow spinach in our vegetable garden for several years without any luck. What is the recommended seed to use?

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Recently, I’ve been considering a new approach to our raccoon problem. After scouring the internet, spreading a gallon of Cajun seasoning around every fence, moving the hummingbird feeders, and attempting to ensure all cat food is put away nightly, I’ve determined that I need to completely r…

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In 1844, Texas Ranger Cicero Rufus Perry walked 120 miles from present-day Uvalde to San Antonio. What was even more remarkable was the fact that he was unarmed, without water, and had been shot three times with arrows in a battle with the Comanche Indians on the Nueces River.

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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…

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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