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As I often say in this column, I love seeing folks visit their State Capitol during the session. This past week I once again had the pleasure of welcoming a number of constituents, including a group from Leon County who made their way to Austin for their first ever Leon County Day at the Capitol. more
The level of discourse in this country has continued to slide into a dark and terrible place. I only mention this because it’s true. Not only do we not speak civilly on just about any topic, … more
I’ve been following with interest a proposal by the freshman (sorry, freshwoman, wouldn’t want to misgender) representative from the Bronx (by way of Westchester), N.Y., called the Green New … more
President Trump, by all reports (except for the terminally liberal suffering some sort of derangement syndrome), knocked it out of the park with his State of the Union address. Still and all, … more
To the Editor: One day last week, I was listening as my husband watched one of his favorite Western movies on our television. An ordinary Western, good vs. evil. As I listened, I realized that … more
May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. Then the earth will yield its harvests, and God, our God, will richly bless us. Yes, God will bless us, and people all over … 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
Text of the speech given to the combined U.S. House and Senate chambers, on the State of the Union, as delivered by me: Madame Speaker, Members of the House and Senate, distinguished guests, … more
I remember full well the Disney shows on Sunday that focused on technology and progress. I also read quite a bit about the world being promised flying cars by this time, although to be honest, … more
A conversation last week with a coworker reminded me of one of the chief problems I have with “social justice” and political correctness, and the fact that both are ramping up to hitherto … more
Dear Editor: I’m a year late in writing this, but once again, our Madison County Courthouse must take the prize for the absolute worst-decorated courthouse in Texas. I don’t know who is in … more
In my book, 2018 is going down as the year of the tantrum. If ever there was a year with so much unnecessary (and largely unsubstantiated) hatred aimed at just about every segment of society, … more
The immigration fight is ramping up again — or still, it seems — and the positions are such that the words “government shutdown” are being bandied about again. Good. Let’s do … more
Anyone that has any notion that the Democrats have an insidious agenda regarding this country should probably pay a little closer attention to the news, yes, even the massively biased national … more
To the Editor: Over the past few weeks, the members of Madisonville Fire and Rescue conducted its first holiday toy drive. Thanks to the residents and some businesses for making this an … more
Part of what makes the holidays so enjoyable, particularly to me, is that the songs, movies and other media bring me back to a simpler time, one that made sense and one that put others ahead of … more
The political landscape lately has been exhausting to the point of madness. The hate, trolling, half-informed spewings of just about everybody has really been soul-deadening. So to start … more
There’s an old adage that people throw around to denote both inevitability and, well, slowness. Christmas is coming. You’ve probably used it on someone — “I’m coming! I’m … 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
The biggest question in my mind in the latter half of election week was not how Texas Republicans could lose long-time seats in the House to Democrats, or why Ted Cruz didn’t have a better … more
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