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I have written these Musings for five years this month, but current events have reminded me that I haven’t done much with local Black history. 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
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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
The swarm of Texas politicians snarling at one another about how to run elections turned into a lawsuit — bringing hope, maybe, that some panel of wise judges would sort things out, make things clear, save the day. more
If you are a newspaper subscriber or you pick up a copy at a local retailer, you pay for the news and information you receive in your paper’s print edition or digital outlets. more
Is the bulging field of Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination a sign of strength? Or is it a troubling indication that wresting the presidency from Donald Trump won't be as easy as it ought to be? more
War has come to my yard! But this battle doesn’t involve modern conventional weapons with individual rounds of ammunition that cost almost as much as my eldest and most expensive daughter’s wardrobe. Instead, this is a battle against one of the most annoying forces of nature known to man – the scourge of autumn leaves. more
A poll nestled between the end of a Texas legislative session and the beginning of what promises to be a tumultuous 2020 election has just the right blend of what happened and what’s next — along with a look at what Texas voters are thinking about. With that setup, here are some talking points from the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll we rolled out this week: more
It’s a bit much to suggest that the middle in Texas politics is blossoming into a giant political force, but there are signs of life outside the most progressive and conservative corners of the electorate. more
There’s lots of turmoil in the world and even our country today. A lot of that I’ve even touched on here. You know, there’s the nonsense with the latest election, especially in Florida. … more
“This ain’t the Garden of Eden. There ain’t no Heaven above … And things ain’t what they used to be …” — Blue Öyster Cult, “This Ain’t the Summer of Love” I was … more
I’ve become more and more critical of my profession lately, in case you haven’t noticed, what with my weekly Headline of Note feature. That criticism, while mostly designed to elicit a … more
President Trump and every declared candidate for the Presidency want to lower drug costs. And, surprise, it's the President who has made a bold move towards a workable free market solution. more
While public education reform and property tax relief have been the focus of the Texas House from the very beginning of the 86th Legislative Session, this week my colleagues and I finally had the opportunity to bring House Bill 3 to the floor for a vote. I'm pleased to report that after hours of debate, the Texas House overwhelmingly passed this historic piece of legislation that will benefit every student, teacher, and property owner in Texas! more
Madison County Historical Commission’s two books of local history are treasure-laden! I wish we could compile another; it would make us a third prize. If we don’t do it soon, some stories and facts will be lost forever. more
I don’t know about you, but the next time I hear someone refer to the “new normal,” I think I might scream into my middle daughter’s unacceptable new bikini bottoms that I plan to confiscate and turn into a coronavirus face mask. If adjusting my daily activities according to COVID-19 protocol is now the norm, I’m ready to declare myself an official freakazoid, which is how most people (especially my family members) see me, anyway. more
Here’s a new conundrum for Republican politicians at the top of the ballot in Texas: November. more
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
On a hot Summer day in July 1776, members of the Second Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia to boldly declare that the thirteen American colonies would no longer be subject to the monarch of Britain. The ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th is still celebrated today, over 200 years later, just as John Adams envisioned so many years ago --"It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other." more
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