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Alert! Alert! This is a test. This is only a test. A test of the Congressional Re- Arrival Warning System. Residents of the District of Colombia should remain on the lookout for male and female politicians walking the streets disguised as normal citizens. Although expert at camouflage, they can be recognized, notably by the crisp lines of their plumage, consisting mostly of dark business suits, but also by the incessant habit of spending every waking hour dialing district donors for dark dirty dollars. more
Here’s a new conundrum for Republican politicians at the top of the ballot in Texas: November. more
We celebrate many national holidays. We remember presidents, social leaders, Veterans, Labor and Memorial Days, our Independence from England and others. There is one day that passes without notice: Constitution Day. more
It’s September, and that means football season in Texas is back in full swing. Like so many of you, I relish spending my Friday nights this time of year under the bright lights of a football stadium, munching on a box of popcorn and supporting our East Texas schools. From the band to the drill team, from the cheerleaders to the football players, I love the way this timeless tradition brings students, parents, grandparents, and residents of a community together to support both their team and each other. Additionally, we’ve got students across our region participating in fall extracurricular activities such as volleyball and cross country, with basketball and soccer just around the corner. Whatever your fancy, I hope that you get to spend some time over the next few months supporting our students and showing your community pride. more
I was an educator in Madison County for 38 years, so August and September always make me think of school. I’ve been retired since 2012. That means I’ve been observing education here for almost 50 years. Recently in Madison County Museum I was able to delve farther back. more
Nobody’s going to believe Michael Quinn Sullivan or Dennis Bonnen or Dustin Burrows until they hear the recording of what was supposed to be a private meeting in June. But as long as Sullivan’s drip-drip-drip strategy is hurting his targets, he has little incentive to give everyone a listen. more
Pop quiz: What did Lyndon Johnson in 1968, Gerald Ford in 1976, Jimmy Carter in 1980, and George H. W. Bush in 1992 have in common? more
The football world welcomed back the college season on Saturday by watching a 24-20 Florida Gators victory over the Miami Hurricanes in Orlando. But during the third quarter, shocking news broke at the professional level that could significantly alter the 2019 season and more. more
Here in Madisonville, Durham School Services transports more than 840 students every school day. With school back in session I would like to share a few startling and upsetting facts regarding motorists who break the law when they disobey the extended stop arms and drive around buses while children are loading or unloading. more
Quid pro quo. Sounds scandalous, doesn’t it? Especially when the players include the Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen and historically antagonistic political activist Michael Quinn Sullivan. And while allegations of quid pro quo, and even references to bribery, may make for entertaining political fodder, the public should be cautious when racing to criminalize the bare-knuckled style of politics that has long been a staple of the Texas statehouse. more
'Ah, yes, you speak of a recent Pew Research Center survey that found '46% of adult social media users say they feel 'worn out by political posts and discussions they see on social media' - a share that 'has risen 9 percentage points since the summer of 2016, when the Center last asked this question.'' more
The following information is the second part of a summer rerun, from what appeared in the Meteor three years ago this month. It continues the fiery story of Madison County’s courthouses. more
Things are getting interesting in Jerry World with just a few short weeks until the regular season opener against the New York Giants. more
Since my last column, selfish and hateful acts of violence carried out by a white-supremacist took the lives of 22 people in El Paso, Texas. Just hours later, nine more were killed in Dayton, Ohio at the hands of another sick and demented individual consumed with hate. As Texans, and as Americans, we grieve with heavy hearts and grapple with the reality of the senseless violence that has become too common in a nation that for centuries has lit the world as a beacon of hope, peace, and prosperity. Together, we must search within our collective soul to restore the values and ideals that promote unity and strength, rather than division and hate. And while there will certainly be a number of debates about how to address the increasingly frequent mass-shootings, it is my sincere hope that we will first seek to unite behind a common commitment to reaffirm our identity as one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. more
Imitation is defined as a thing intended to simulate or copy something else. It has many synonyms: fake, forgery, reproduction, and impersonation, to name a few. more
The following information is a summer rerun, from what appeared in the Meteor three years ago this month. Locals who were here 60 or more years ago have memories of the courthouse that graced our Town Square before the current one. Several photos of that previous one hang in the Museum. Usually they catch new visitors’ eyes right off the bat. It was totally different than our current one. For many of us, a fascination stems from the proverb “We don’t appreciate what we have until it is gone.” more
With a number of Texas Republicans deciding not to seek reelection to Congress, the state suddenly has a bunch of openings in its delegation. At least three of those vacancies increase the odds that Texas will send more Democrats to Congress after the 2020 elections. more
Is it safe for me and my wife to return from our vacation in Eastern Europe? more
The National Football League welcomed a stacked 2019 class to Canton over the weekend to officially enshrine eight men into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. more
[Editor’s note: This is the second in an occasional series about travel destinations from Madison County easily made in a day. Future installments will include fun family trips, educational opportunities and state landmarks.] Only in Texas would residents drive about 70 miles for ice cream and not be branded a lunatic. more
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