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W ho would have guessed that sharing political confidences with a political foe — a conversation that upended the speaker of the Texas House — would have real competition for the biggest blunder a House member might make this year?

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A young girl recently told me this in counseling: “The biggest frustration in my life is my brain is too small. When I say something in class, it doesn’t matter. When someone else says something, it’s important. I’m not seen as smart.”

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As the football season goes on, there are two related items we need to discuss. The first deals with sportsmanship. Robert Shaver, the head football coach at Plainedge High School, in North Massapequa, New York, received a one-game suspension after a Nassau County committee found he could ha…

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We emerged as a nation after we had pretty much destroyed the American Indians. We had fought our way clear of British rule in two separate wars. We then fought each other in our Civil War. We all know there are still problems from that time. I cannot imagine how anyone could treat another h…

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OK, I admit it. My memory of clever ads and lots of other stuff dates back to the early years of World War II. One I recall simply won’t dislodge.

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Early in my career with the Brazoria County Adult Probation Department, I was invited to be the luncheon speaker at a meeting of defense lawyers. I stated my perspective that the concept of justice is not merely a lofty philosophical idea; it can and should be realized in practice in the dis…

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What do Pat Robertson, Ted Williams and Captain Kangaroo have in common? We might include Ed McMahon and “Golden Girls” Bea Arthur and Montel Williams.

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The July 25 call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Vlodomyr Zelensky is the central piece of evidence in the Democratic drive to remove the president from office. “That call was a smoking gun,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said after House Democrats voted to formalize their impeachment…

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We called prized possessions “gen-u-wine” back in the day. That’s not the correct spelling, of course, but when the word fell from our lips, we emphasized each syllable to make sure hearers clearly understood that our claims were 100 percent true.

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We had a birthday luncheon this week for Marva Doss at His Love Counseling services. The compliments that staff members wrote on her card were of the highest regard. That’s because Marva has lived her life as a doer of good deeds.

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Having a functional family is not always a picnic. Children don’t learn how bad things can be when they haven’t experienced bad things, and they may think something of minor significance is devastating.

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‘We don’t fact-check political ads,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a recent speech. “We don’t do this to help politicians, but because we think people should be able to see for themselves what politicians are saying.”

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The beginning of fall is a time to celebrate figs, with many Southern varieties producing a profusion of tasty morsels that enliven our home plate. I view figs as a standard Southern fruiting tree, easy to grow and most folks whom I have spoken with either had a fig tree in their backyard gr…

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Ever come across a situation — however minor — that activates curiosity? Responding to minutia I often uncovered in youthful years, my old mother often said, “It don’t amount to a hill of beans.”

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Not long ago, House Republicans complained that Democrats imposed excessive secrecy on interviews conducted as part of the drive to impeach President Trump. Now, the situation appears to have gotten worse.

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Hawaii congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard recently made some comments that give me a glimmer of hope for a turn in our abortion politics. Once pro-life, Gabbard told interviewer Dave Rubin that her military deployment to Iraq changed her perspective and that sh…

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An old salt told me that if blue crabs are placed in a bucket, none will likely escape even if the top of the bucket can be gripped by a pincer. That’s because when one starts up, the others pinch onto him, trying to pull themselves up, pulling him back down.

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There have so far been two hearings in the House Democrats’ effort to impeach President Donald Trump over the Ukraine matter. Both have been held in secret. One was last Thursday, the other Friday, and the public does not know what was said in either. Two more are scheduled for this week, an…

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According to National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, 37,133 lives were lost on U.S. roadways in 2017. That is more people than a lot of towns and cities in our county. This number represents only the deaths, and there are thousands more people who were injured.

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Is the homeless problem — as it’s seen by the government — a problem for the homeless people on the streets? Or is it a problem for the people who aren’t homeless, but have to step around homeless people, contend with homeless people, see homeless people every day?

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We’ve long been led to believe that we “can’t know the players without a program.” However, it’s generally agreed that they are needed for sports purists who want to identify all of the players, from the “stars to the scrubs.”

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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.

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Those of us who write history are constrained by provable fact. Having been paid for my news, features, and historical series by various newspapers every month since early 1950, I learned early on to correct errors and ignore other criticism.

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‘No one is above the law,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she announced the Democratic effort to impeach President D onald Trump over the Ukraine matter. The phrase has become a Democratic mantra in the new impeachment push. But it could, in the end, serve to highlight the weakness of th…

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As the growing season comes to an end and winter approaches, producers are storing hay for the winter and selling it for others to feed and store. I often talk to people and they ask about the quality of hay, what is the best hay and how do they know they are getting good hay.

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Coaches who take their teams on the road to face storied football opponents usually tip-toe into town, feeling that the less said, the better. This is particularly true when they’re fortunate enough to win, and doubly so if they’re scheduled to meet the same foes the next year at “their place.”

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In the age of the tall sailing ships, the lives of sailors were often in peril. If one was washed overboard in the driving tempests of a storm, the ship couldn’t turn about to save him. He’d be lost at sea.

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Maybe I’ll buy a penthouse condo or take a round-the-world cruise or buy a cup of latte at Starbucks. What are you going to do with your share of the loot?

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Many folks in Brazoria County are busy preparing for the county fair. The Junior Creative and Culinary Arts Contest is just one of the many competitions youths are preparing for. This contest is exclusively for 4-H, FFA and FCCLA members, but you can participate, too. There are more than 60 …