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If you don’t like the way a discussion is going, change the subject. more
Fall has always been my favorite time of year, not due to the splendor of the colorful foliage, the crisp breezes heralding a new season, or the savory scents of autumn that inspire us to get our pumpkin-spice freak on. Instead, what I love most about the fall is that it kicks off a series of beloved holidays in quick succession, giving me an excuse to ingest my own body weight in pie. more
Despite a disastrous start at Minute Maid Park, the Houston Astros have rebounded with three straight wins in Washington D.C. over the Nationals to take a three-games-to-two advantage in the 2019 World Series. more
The question isn’t whether Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen will be out of a job. more
As many of you are aware, Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen had a meeting in June with a political operative in the Speaker's Capitol Office. The conversations that took place that day were recorded and recently released to the public. more
Jose Altuve answered a late New York comeback bid with a walk-off homerun in game six of the American League Championship Series on Saturday to propel the Astros to their second World Series in three years. more
The Texas Legislature wants voters to amend the state Constitution — kind of a big deal — in a way that doesn’t really do much. more
I have been in Madisonville St. Joseph Hospital for rehabilitation since my open-heart surgery, in September. I want to thank my prayer warriors, including members and pastors of Bedias United Methodist Church, Shiloh Baptist Church, Madisonville UMC, Faith Outreach Christian Center in Navasota, and many friends and neighbors, for their continued prayers, I want to thank the MSJH Ladies Auxiliary and Heart to Heart Florist, in Madisonville, for the unexpected flowers to brighten up my room. I have been blessed with much appreciated visitors from both Bedias and Madisonville friends and neighbors. more
The Houston Astros avoided the almost certain death sentence of an 0-2 start at home in the American League Championship Series (ALCS) on Sunday when Carlos Correa sent the bottom of the eleventh inning’s first pitch into the right field bleachers. more
The speaker of the U.S. House knows a thing or two about politics, and she said in Austin last weekend that the 2020 elections won’t be nationalized — that national issues and controversies won’t be at the center of voters’ attention. more
I recently had the pleasure of congratulating a dear friend of mine - Dr. Keven Ellis, of Lufkin - on his recent appointment by Governor Abbott to chair the State Board of Education. This occasion reminded me of how important it is to have individuals from East Texas serving in leadership capacities. more
The Astros established control in their American League Division Series matchup against the Tampa Bay Rays with a pair of decisive wins in Houston before dropping game three by a score of 10-3 in Florida on Monday. more
The Dallas Cowboys fell back to earth against their first formidable opponent on Sunday and dropped their first game of the season to the Saints in New Orleans by a score of 12-10. more
Not everything that runs in cycles does so for a reason, but there’s a loose synchronization between the leadership of the Texas House and redistricting. more
Governor Abbott recently declared a state of emergency due to flooding in southeast Texas from Tropical Storm Imelda. My prayers are with all of those who have again been affected by immense rainfall from this natural disaster. As usual, our brave first responders are already helping save lives and mitigate damages for those affected by this storm. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tell us that over half of all flood-related drownings nationwide occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. Please remember to proceed with extreme caution when approaching water on a roadway and take heed of the warning to "Turn Around, Don't Drown!" 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
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
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