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In 1933, before the New Deal, gold cost $20 an ounce. A $20 gold coin weighed slightly less than one ounce. Franklin Delano Roosevelt believed that by devaluing the currency, employers could honor labor contracts with dollars that were worth less than when the contract had been agreed upon. …

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The second impeachment of the 45th President of the United States occurred on January 13 2021, one week before his term was to expire. The claim of “incitement of insurrection” and “lawless action at the Capitol” was the charge and a vote was taken without testimony from the president’s accu…

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Today, a new president will take the oath of office, one who doesn’t utter lies in every other sentence, one who is competent, one who respects his oath and the democratic principles and institutions of this nation. Today, we reason to look forward to a brighter future.

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Our two dogs, Archer, our terrier mix, and Klyde, our Chihuahua mix, are of two very different opinions when it comes to car travel. We have a few opportunities to pick up groceries or run to the pharmacy, and both of them are delighted to hop in the car and go. But I recently learned their …

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“What goes around, comes around” was an expression my Uncle Norman used, make that over-used, so much it became something of a family joke. He would use it to describe both negative as well as positive outcomes.

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My wife and I sat down the other morning to have breakfast with two of our sons, an occasion that we don’t get to have as often as we like as they are no longer children but young men with busy lives. In that time, we talked of politics, history, “what’s going on,” and, as all parents, tried…

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On Jan. 6, 2020, during a joint session of Congress to certify the vote of the Electoral College and affirm Joe Biden’s win in last year’s presidential election, there was a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol building by rioters who were opposed to the official election results.

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This past weekend as I was preparing my thoughts for this week’s column, I unexpectedly received a telephone text from an old friend which read: “Good morning Mike. Hope you’re OK and haven’t lost your sense of taste, smell and humor.”

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We often hear people worrying about robots taking over the world. We imagine a world where suddenly everything we do will be replaced by machines who will do it better and faster. Well, I’m here to tell you that if the self-scanning section of retail establishments are any indicator, we’ve g…

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I want to first say that we should all stop and reflect on the senseless violence that befell our nation this past week. I pray for our country and all the families that have been affected by these actions. We are Americans and live by a set of rules (the United State Constitution) that shou…

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In the history of the Guadalupe River, major, life-threatening floods have occurred many, many times. The normally tranquil Guadalupe River can turn into a highly destructive force and is recognized as one of the top three most dangerous rivers in the state of Texas.

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Under the pretext of compensating him for the theft of his horses, Mexican soldiers lured a Rio Grande rancher to their side of the river on Jan. 12, 1914.

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The Republican Party of Texas Legislative Priority No. 6 calls for the abolition of abortion. Current Texas law defines an “individual” as a human being who is alive, including “an unborn child at every stage of gestation from fertilization to birth,” Texas Penal Code Sec. 1.07(a)(26). “Murd…

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With a new year comes all those resolutions that most everyone tries on for a few weeks before reverting back to auto-pilot. Self-improvement almost always takes more effort than we are willing to sustain to overcome bad habits. I have a suggestion for an improvement that doesn’t require a g…

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If I’ve learned anything over the last year, it’s that I definitely would not have survived in pioneer days. There are a million reasons why. For example, both my children had to leave my body via a medically improvised escape hatch, so clearly I don’t have the hips for natural childbirth. B…

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A former judge from the Lone Star State passed away in Chicago on Dec. 31, 1867, never knowing he would soon be immortalized in a short story that may be based more on fact than fiction.

Happy New Year from the TLU Community! In line with our local, regional, and global communities, TLU found most of the past year presenting us with unusual circumstances that, in turn, necessitated extra effort to accomplish what would typically be usual operations — holding classes on campu…

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Most likely because I often heard it growing up as child, I’m not certain that this past Thursday’s celebration should be called “Old Year’s Night” or “New Year’s Eve.” I suppose it depends on your perspective. That is, whether you were feeling sorrow for the year that’s past, or relief and …

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As much as the president has angered me along with millions of other Texans by pardoning his cronies and potential witnesses against him, I thought that given we’re about to start a new year, I should write about something positive instead. So, here are a few things that our incoming preside…

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Even though I’ve lived in the U.S. for better than 3/4 of my life, I still quietly observe the day after Christmas known to me as Boxing Day. Not recognized here in America, you may be thinking it means the day after Christmas is when you “box up” all the disappointing gifts you may have rec…

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By 1950, six television stations were operating in Texas, three of which were operating in Fort Worth, two in San Antonio and one in Houston. In 1952, several more TV stations in Texas soon began their operations. In 1953, three major networks served Texas; American Broadcasting Company (ABC…

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I’m having one of those holidays where I’m vacillating between grain-free granola and home-made chocolate chip cookies.

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On Dec. 27, 1856, a howling blizzard greeted the famed 2nd Cavalry upon its arrival at Fort Belknap, and by morning many of the horse soldiers’ mounts had frozen to death in the subzero weather.

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This holiday season, instead of the peace and joy that we long for, tension and anxiety abound. For millions of Americans, it is the anxiety of not knowing if they’ll be able to keep a roof over their heads and feed their families while employers layoff more workers due to the pandemic. For …

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WOAI remained the only radio station to be licensed on that frequency through the 1980s. WOAI is also one of the few radio stations west of the Mississippi River and is the westernmost station in the United States with a call sign that begins with a W. In 1985, the station constructed a new …

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Well, this is my first mayor’s message column and it being my third full week as your mayor, I am going to take liberty and give you an update on interesting things happening in Seguin.

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It all began as a typical Christmas get-together for a small group of friends. After a delightful meal of East Coast seafood — lobster and shrimp — and homemade lemon pie, the guests gathered around the blazing fireplace adjacent to the 12-foot Christmas tree.

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The next Legislative priority from the Republican Party of Texas calls for the protection of all monuments and markers, prohibiting them from being removed, defaced, destroyed or otherwise dishonored. In particular, specific protection shall be given to the Alamo Cenotaph, which shall not be…

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My best guess is it began in the mid-1970s when I taught high school English in Worthington, Ohio. It was around this time of year and among the various creative writing homework I assigned was a simple but, at the same time, profound question: “If you could give any gift this Christmas, wha…

To many young people today, the idea of not having an iPhone, computers, radios in our cars, and hundreds of television programs to watch, is unimaginable. However, the history of radio and television is very short. I and many people in Seguin can remember the time before we had television i…

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You never know what you’re capable of until you are truly tested. You tell yourself “I’m a reasonable person, open to compromise, willing to do without if need be.” But you know what? It’s a lie. A big fat hairy lie. Because we have needs that drive us to cross the line. I’m not talking just…

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