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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…

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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.

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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…

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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With all the talk about the post office, it got all of us at Casa Prosapio remembering the old days when all correspondence was done by letter. You used to go to the mailbox and you COULD NOT WAIT to see if you got actual mail. Not a bill, not some junk mail, not something from an elected or…

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With the modern and supposedly more humane electric chair due to replace the gallows at midnight, an overflow crowd packed the courthouse square in Angleton on Aug. 31, 1923, for the last public execution in Texas.

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I, like many others I’m sure, recently received a large white envelope in the U.S. Mail with a return address entitled “CatholicVote, Mobilizing Catholics to Defend Faith and Family in 2020.” At first glance, it appears to be a legitimate piece of mail from a Catholic source with an enclosed…

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We are a little more than two months away from the election, and as of the publication of this column, we will see four different tickets aiming for the White House for the 2021-2025 term. First, there is Republican ticket consisting of our current incumbents, Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Ne…

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Q. What is wrong with my lantanas? Each year they bloom profusely during the spring. In the summer months they stop, but I notice everyone else has them blooming all summer. They are old plants and freeze back in the cold weather but always come back. I believe they would be New Gold because…

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For those that spent even a few minutes watching the Democratic National Committee convention circus last week, all reports to me were the same. Praise for the DNC nominee was almost nonexistent while Trump Trashing occupied almost the entire event. I don’t know how anyone would ever buy a p…

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After the Battle of Plum Creek with the Comanches near Lockhart in 1840,  Jack Coffee Hays took his Seguin Rangers to San Antonio to organize against further Indian attacks in the region. Hays had distinguished himself in the Plum Creek Battle and General Houston at once put him in charge of…

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I had the dubious honor of reading the opinion piece by Mr. Steve Roberts in the Sunday edition and was frankly appalled at the aspersions cast against the Republicans based on half-truths, innuendo and outright lies. To be convinced of even a portion of Mr. Roberts’ thinly veiled accusation…

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The Incompetent in Chief is up to no good once again. This time he’s harping on vote by mail as being wracked by voter fraud when all the evidence is to the contrary. One of the steps he’s taken is to appoint a postmaster general in his own image who has already begun dismantling the United …

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