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A lot of people hoped actor Matthew McConaughey would throw his hat into the political ring and run for governor — preferably as a Democrat. The idea probably appealed to the Oscar winner, who doesn’t hide his love of his home state and has a pretty impressive record of success away from the…

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The days after Thanksgiving are spelled out for consumers like a household to-do list. Black Friday is when we open our wallets for brick-and-mortar mayhem. Small Business Saturday is a reminder that mom-and-pops are the heart of our local economies. Cyber Monday tells us to forget the lesso…

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President Joe Biden’s order to release o il from the country’s strategic preserves is a political decision more than one borne of necessity. All indicators from the oil markets show them more than capable of meeting current demand.

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Thousands of local governments and plaintiff attorneys are seeking to extort companies in the drug supply chain by holding them liable for the nation’s opioid epidemic. Now armed with a jury verdict, a federal judge is holding Walgreens, Walmart and CVS hostage to a settlement.

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There is no question that the former Freeport Community House along the Old Brazos River would be a beautiful location for a multicultural center. But there also is little doubt that Freeport City Council’s decision to continue keeping it off-limits from development is the best long-term decision.

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It was a record scratch of a momen t: Texas actor and potential gubernatorial hopeful Matthew McConaughey, who is vaccinated against COVID-19, declared in an interview this week that his younger children are unvaccinated and that he wants more information.

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The last meaningful expansion of the Brazoria County courthouse complex in downtown Angleton occurred in 2004, when the West Annex opened across the street from what most of us consider the courthouse. It housed some county offices, but it did not provide space for any district courts.

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While local industry didn’t open their pockets purely a s a demonstration of altruism, it’s also true they didn’t have to open them at all. And they certainly didn’t need to put seven-digit numbers on the check when they did.

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It’s unlikely many people who were at the Astroworld music festival Friday in Houston were around in 1979 or are familiar with the music of The Who. It is clear no one who helped organize the mass of humanity at NRG Park learned any of the lessons from that band’s notorious crowd-surge trage…

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Federal a viation officials say more airline passengers than ever are showing up at airports with guns. Combined with the general uptick in belligerent behavior by passengers, this is an issue with the potential for real mayhem. Those who get weapons confiscated at security already face pena…

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Most of what we hear about Washington these days is how dysfunctional it is, and the reputation is well earned. We are in an era when political power and absolutist ideology have become far more important to prominent politicians than actually passing legislation that might prove helpful to …

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Commissioners Court neared the end of a contentious redistricting process this week as they gave preliminary approval to a map that is imperfect. That’s not a criticism of the work of commissioners or the company they contracted with to draw the maps. Their work seems to have been diligent a…

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Most of us at the Weatherford Democrat grew up and finished most, if not all, of school without Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like. Bullying was a problem back then, but you could generally get away from it when school let out. It’s hard to imagine being subject to it both in person a…

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Each day as more concrete is poured onto what Stephen F. Austin saw as vast tracts of open land on which to farm, we find relief in the effort to preserve spaces that will continue to resemble how things were when the first Anglos settled in Brazoria County.

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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When the Trump and Biden administrations were sending out pandemic relief checks, it’s safe to say very few of the recipients who criticized them doing so marked the money “return to sender.” Likewise with the State of Texas, which received $16 billion from the American Rescue Plan, Presiden…

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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…

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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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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With so many legislators’ pet initiatives and wasteful projects finding their way into the state budget every biennium, it is particularly sad when the successful programs are cast aside.