If you look at his campaign missives, it’s clear the state’s lieutenant governor — or maybe it’s his staff — can’t reconcile his math with his politics.
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?
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.”
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…
WARNING: Parts of this column may bear a strong resemblance to my earlier columns when Michael Bloomberg toyed with running for president, because with Bloomberg, history has a way of repeating itself.
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…
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…
When someone is targeted with negativity, people come up with unratified, unwritten rules to which the person must adhere or be considered even more flawed.
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…
Ignore Beto O’Rourke’s misbegotten presidential campaign for a moment, and give the El Paso Democrat his due: He is the reason Texas Democrats are hopeful and Texas Republicans are worried.
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.
For the second time in two years, the members of the Texas House have the chance — if they so desire — to elect the first woman to serve as speaker.
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.
There’s no doubt Democrats in Washington are hell-bent on impeaching President Trump over the Ukraine matter. But after weeks of polling, it is still unclear precisely what Americans outside the Beltway think.
Halloween is Thursday, and children will be out in their neighborhoods to enjoy treats, fun and games. Motorists and pedestrians can take steps to make this year’s Halloween a safe one.
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.
‘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.”
Most Americans still do a lot of mindless singing-along, not understanding the deeper meaning of the words coming out of the speakers and our mouths.
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…
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.”
True to Life Ministries has a huge goal: to give people the tools to lift themselves from poverty. Their mission is to cultivate hope. There's nothing more powerful than that.
While raising my three children, I carried a secret commitment in my heart. It was this: “I won’t talk to my children in worse ways than I speak to my adult friends.”
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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?
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.”
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.
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.
I’ve been surfing the Web to find the best definition of God’s amazing grace, and to my amusement, the best definition comes from Jonah’s complaining in ancient times.
‘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…
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.
‘The future belongs to people who believe in something beyond themselves, and who live and sacrifice accordingly. It belongs to people who think and hope inter-generationally.”
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.”
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.
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 …