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Here is where the Old Contrarian (me) seeks to diminish the importance of what Old Yeller (not the 1956 children’s book, but the 45th president of the United States) did the other day by traveling to Iowa and proclaiming that the 2020 election was “rigged” and that Washington Democrats are t…

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Like thousands of others across the country, my husband and I ended up stranded in another state after our flight home was cancelled early Sunday morning.

Most people have been raised to help those struggling when they see them but on the race course, football field or basketball court, typically help comes in the form of a teammate. Disregarding the difference in jerseys, Sweeny High School junior Joshua Thomas jumped into action a few weeks …

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Want to get rich? Of course, so I am here to help with some new stats to compare to the old. Forget Houston and Austin. Buy land in Gonzales and Sulphur Springs. They’re coming back, and keep an eye on Little Elm. As we have noted ad infinitum, the 2020 Census shows that Texas is leaping pas…

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It has become common in some circles to call the Jan. 6 Capitol riot an “armed insurrection.” That leads to a few questions: How many rioters were armed? And what weapons did they have? What were the arms in the “armed insurrection”?

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In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington.

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Tragedy came to Arlington yesterday. Dozens of lives were forever changed because of the violent actions of one young man, if police suspicions hold true. There is much we still don’t know. It appears that four people were hurt, three of them seriously enough to be taken to hospitals, and th…

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Man’s best friend is on the minds of the Texas Legislature once again as advocates try to pass Senate Bill 5, allowing for more strict enforcement of laws related to tethering and sheltering of dogs. The simple-to-support bill passed with bipartisan support in May before landing on Gov. Greg…

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The Bible admonishes us again and again to “fear God,” and then God says that if we fear him — if we are completely engaged with him — he will remove all fear of our enemies.

When Michael Shane Vandergrifft earned Officer of the Year recognition during the annual awards ceremony hosted by the Brazoria County 100 Club, it added to a growing list of honors for the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office sergeant. He certainly is a deserving recipient.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, right and State Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, pose for photos after Abbott signed Senate Bill 1, also known as the election integrity bill, into law, Sept. 7 in Tyler. The sweeping bill signed by the two-term Republican governor further tightens Texas’ strict voting laws.

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‘The nation, and particularly Texas, is going through some chaotic and depressing times. Where to look for advice? That’s why I invited y’all to dinner tonight to discuss and perhaps offer solutions to our problems.” Sam Houston spoke first. What wonderful experiences he has had and what bol…

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Remember the media cheers for Sen. John McCain when he stopped the effort to repeal Obamacare? McCain was a Republican frustrating a Republican policy goal, which was enough to earn the highest praise in some media circles. “It was a stunning moment,” The New York Times reported, “a flash of…

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A devout evangelical Christian friend of mine recently texted to explain why he was not getting the COVID-19 vaccine. “Jesus went around healing lepers and touched them without fear of getting leprosy,” he said.

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For its “Crucial Catch” awareness campaign the National Football League conducts each year, public service ads highlight that because of the pandemic, as many as 90 percent of Americans skipped their scheduled cancer screenings.

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Texas senators holding someone’s feet to the fire over the slow response to a statewide emergency normally would be cause for applause. Only in this case, the flames should be burning through the lawmakers’ shoes, not those of the regulators who took their grilling.

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Texas voters created Port Freeport almost 100 years ago, in 1925. Since then, the port has been growing bigger, deeper and wider to support not only our nation, but our state and community as well.

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Remember when President Joe Biden stunned the political world by threatening to veto a bipartisan $1.1 trillion traditional infrastructure spending bill that he, Joe Biden, had just encouraged the Senate to pass? It was a bizarre moment, but Biden was accommodating House Speaker Nancy Pelosi…

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Today is Friday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2021. There are 91 days left in the year.