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Just a s with other activities required to conduct somewhat normal lives these days, people should not be deterred from exercising their right to vote in the runoff elections because of the possibly contracting the novel coronavirus. They just should take the basic precautions encouraged or …

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Local school officials can be forgiven if they are skeptical about the Texas Education Agency promising to make good on covering the unexpected expenses created by the coronavirus pandemic. State officials don’t have a great track record of keeping their word.

Acclaims and a shame is a weekly collection of quick hits of opinions from members of The Facts editorial board. This weeks topics include the code crackdown in West Columbia and a show of unity in local communities.

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A few years back when Sears announced it would be closing its doors at Brazos Mall, many residents lamented its departure as a lost piece of the community’s retail history. It had been one of the mall’s original tenants, but its failure to keep up with the hanging tastes and shopping habits …

Acclaims and a shame is a weekly collection of quick hits written by members of The Facts Editorial Board on topics of local, state and national interest. Today's topics include people trashing the beach, Angleton giving property owners a break and a student victimized by the state's high-stakes testing system.

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While news outlets around the country posted stories with headlines announcing the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis had been determined to be a homicide at the hands of police officers, Glenn Beck’s alternative service, The Blaze, took a different tack.

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When Los Angeles police officers beat Rodney King senseless more than a quarter-century ago, a bystander’s video refuting defenders’ claims the officers were dealing with a combative dangerous man, the nation promised change.

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Donald Trump sometimes traffics in conspiracy theories—recall his innuendo in 2016 about Ted Cruz’s father and the JFK assassination—but his latest accusation against MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is ugly even for him. Mr. Trump has been tweeting the suggestion that Mr. Scarborough might have h…

Acclaims and a shame is a weekly collection of quick hits written by members of The Facts Editorial Board on topics of local, state and national interest. Today's topics include applause for teachers and Memorial Day programs, and a shame for death threats over a woman's abominable behavior.

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The debate over the state’s authority to institute emergency orders shows how two people can read the same line of text and draw different conclusions. With so many regulations and the convoluted language that often frame them, it’s no wonder rules get misinterpreted and overlooked.

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Most parents wouldn’t think of taking their child for a car ride without ensuring they are locked safely in a protective seat. If they didn’t and they were in a collision, the injuries — or worse — inflicted on their child would haunt them daily.

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When Gulf Coast property owners were left to pay their full tax bills on homes that didn’t exist anymore in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and its subsequent flooding, Texas leaders expressed sympathy. They also offered a carrot — don’t worry, we can’t do anything right now, but we will t…

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Federal leaders recently announced they would provide states enough tests, swabs and related materials to screen at least 2.6 percent of their populations for COVID-19 in May and June. States hit harder by the outbreak would be eligible for additional assistance.

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More than a fifth of the 55,000 known covid-19 deaths in the United States have occurred at nursing homes and other elder-care facilities. Federal and state governments have largely turned a blind eye, often making no effort to test residents or staffs and leaving relatives, surrounding comm…

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The Affordable Care Act has cost taxpayers a bundle, and now the Supreme Court says they are on the hook for billions of dollars in additional payments to insurers even though Congress never appropriated the money. The ruling will be even more expensive if it encourages more lawsuit demands for unappropriated funds from other statutes.

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As we’ve seen during other disasters that shut down schools, including Hurricane Harvey in 2017, kids have an astounding ability to adapt to the current and bounce back in the future.

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W hen we thought of small businesses that could be helped by the COVID relief measure approved by Congress, we thought of people like Drew Ryder, Tammie McQueen and Mikey Svoboda, among dozens of others who have earned support of Brazoria County residents for years.

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The experiences lost in recent weeks for school seniors, athletes and other students cannot be made up, and Gov. Greg Abbott is wise to understand trying to give them one last hurrah to this academic year is short-sighted and potentially more dangerous than missing memories.

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So much for triangulating. After Bernie Sanders suspended his presidential run last week, Joe Biden waited barely 24 hours before racing to bolster his progressive bona fides. Mr. Biden said Thursday he plans to make 60-year-olds eligible for Medicare, while erasing undergraduate student deb…

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Much has been made of the disparate economic hardship created by the coronavirus lockdown. A viral screenshot captured during Jim Cramer’s program last week on CNBC showed just how there really are two economic spheres in America.

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Just as a swath of manufacturers are switching their production lines to ventilator and mask production for the greater good, corporations that normally view every new registered user as a data point to exploit need to take a pause on profiting from online data harvesting.

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Ev en during the best times, people who suffer from depression, anxiety and other mental health problems struggle to get out of bed, interact with others and live life as many consider normal.

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Scammers ar e working overtime, and COVID-19 isn’t the only virus to worry about. Crooks are working by telephone, computer, text messaging, social media — every way imaginable — to leverage coronavirus fears and separate people from their money. And, worse, they’re getting better at it.