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Spring in Texas means flowers, taxes

There's something special about springtime in Texas. From ballparks and bluebonnets, to the smell of freshly cut grass just before an April shower; the tug on a line from a spawning largemouth, or … more

Chipping away at the liberty foundation

Here’s another couple of unrelated events that will further erode what little liberty we have left — see if they don’t. In this corner, we have a questionable search warrant served on … more

Both sides wrong in debate approach

Here’s a couple of tales illustrating the shift in discourse in this country, and why I feel that unless we start acting like adults (even the kids), we’re headed for civil unrest the likes … more

Money put in the wrong wishing well

I never could quite understand the phrase, “I just can’t even,” as I always felt it might be incomplete. An event occurred last week that made me keenly aware of what is meant by it, and … more

Fairs teach skills, ways to live

Walking around pretty much anywhere today, the things that used to be seen frequently have changed. Gone are groups of two or three people talking, no kids playing tag or some imaginary … more

Greasing up the slippery slope

Bear with me here, as I’m going to stitch together what may be some seemingly unrelated events. The first of these is the unfathomable tragedy perpetuated by United Airlines on Kokito the … more

Voting the way to change the stakes

I saw something really cool last week on election day: a room full of people interested in the local election results. There even were children in the room, which bodes well — at least … more

Letters to the Editor March 14, 2018

Dear Editor: I am a landowner that will be directly affected if the Federal Rail Administration declares Texas Central's high-speed railway as a railroad. According to a documentary on bullet … more

Knee-jerking our way into dictatorship

I got felt up on Thursday, and not in a good way. Don't think this is a lewd or lascivious column; this is about rights, and dignity, and things of that nature. I had occasion to travel to San … more

Appeasement the wrong response

Currently, the president has been considering altering his position and issued orders to have bump stocks banned as a response to the horrific shooting in Florida. more

Why I oppose the Texas high-speed rail

As your Congressman, I strongly oppose the route of the Texas Central Rail and have helped successfully block its Washington petitions for eminent domain and construction authority. more

Tax reform helps, ELD does not

This past week I enjoyed crisscrossing the Eighth Congressional District to listen to you about issues impacting your life. more

Time to find and fix the real problems

With 17 school students killed and 14 others injured, and a 19-year-old in custody on charges of premeditated murder, the country's thoughts very rightly have turned to this, and whatever … more

This and that about odds and ends

I remember when the competition was the reason for having the Olympics. Now, it seems more of a canvass for social justice issues. •Self-awareness used to be a criterion for candidates, … more

Letter to the Editor Feb. 14, 2018

Dear Editor: Everyone knows Lanier Stevens loved Madison County. There are many reasons why. Our family experienced the best of this community when we lost Lanier suddenly on a Sunday … more

Lending a hand for a good cause

For 17 years, the Texas Mushroom Festival has been the premier event in Madisonville and Madison County. For one day, Madisonville is the center of the Brazos universe. There's food, and wine, and … more

Pride never is a liability

I'm not entirely sure the NFL's denial of the commercial by AMVETS asking people to stand for the flag constitutes censorship. I am sure, though, that the denial can be called an incredibly dumb … more

DACA the wrong lynchpin for funding

So, I'm sure you were shocked to learn there was a government shutdown because there's was no funding. That wasn't really the case, as federal law dictates that essential services must … more

Judges now ordering president around

In a move that should probably come as no surprise to anyone, a federal judge — in California, go figure — has decided that the President of the United States cannot perform his duties. At … more

Letter to the Editor Jan. 10, 2018

Dear editor: I am writing this letter to publicly thank the staff at CHI Madisonville St. Joseph Health Center Emergency Room. Recently, while putting metal siding on a shelter for our donkeys, … more
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