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The American economy is a wonderful engine of prosperity left to its own devices, and on Tuesday it proved this again with another surge in equity prices that pushed the Dow Jones Industrial Average above 30,000 for the first time. Stock prices rise and fall, but this symbolic milestone of o…

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There undoubtedly are a good number of people who believe the hundreds of millions of dollars spent building the new toll lanes on Highway 288 were a colossal waste of money. Undoubtedly, most if not all of them haven’t routinely had to commute to and from Houston on Brazoria County’s major …

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Among t he many unfortunate consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic is the cancellation of this year’s annual county Veterans Day parade and celebration. Planned to take place in Freeport, organizers deemed it too risky to expose so many people to the potential spread of the virus.

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2014: Paxton is elected attorney general. July 2015: Paxton is arrested on felony charges of securities fraud for allegedly convincing people to invest in Servergy Inc. without disclosing he had a stake in the deal. The case is pending and being handled by special prosecutors. 2018: Real est…

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To someone looking to build a concrete plant, the area just outside Iowa Colony would seem pretty appealing if they look at a map. That section of northern Brazoria County appears lightly populated and it is near communities experiencing explosive growth — where ample supplies of concrete ar…

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Given the number of people on social media who live in Freeport and don’t miss an opportunity to disparage the city, the relatively small turnout when the city asked for input on how to make improvements is disappointing.

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One of the takeaways from the first presidential debate was the lack of decorum displayed by the candidates, particularly the frequent interruptions by President Donald Trump. Few could have watched that exercise in democracy and come away impressed by the statesmanship of either the incumbe…

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Before the gains of the civil rights movement a half-century ago, states that had instituted literacy tests, poll taxes and other measures argued they weren’t trying to suppress the votes of specific groups.

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Whatever someone thinks about the job President Donald Trump has d one in office, whatever they think of him as a person, any American who is wishing for the worst possible outcome from his COVID infection needs to do some serious soul searching.

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The notion of being able to zip from Houston to Dallas in 90 minutes via high-speed rail is a welcome alternative to having to make the lengthy drive between the two cities or going through the hassles of air travel.

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A city, regardless of its size, should not be having to replace its police chief every two months. But that is the situation Danbury finds itself, raising questions as to whether there are deep-seated problems in the city leadership’s relationship with its law enforcers.

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Looking over the sales tax revenue numbers for Brazoria County and its cities, there is a sense they could have been much worse. That is good news for residents who won’t be seeing much change in their property tax bills to make up the differences.

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There were concerns when Brazoria County District Attorney Jeri Yenne announced she would be retiring mid-term that the power brokers in Austin would want to install one of their favored sons. Such a move is far from unprecedented in Texas politics and can result in the appointee eventually …

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Despite the more recent disparagement of organized labor, its power did not come about by happenstance. At its highest level of importance, unions brought attention to the workplace horrors of their time and were responsible for many of the protections now in place for every American worker.

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Surfside Beach has been diligent through the years seeking big-dollar projects that could preserve its beach, one of the most erosion-sensitive stretches of coastline in the country. It needs to take the same approach with the water that flows throughout the village, a decades-long issue tha…

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No one doubted when New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, announced she would seek to dissolve the National Rifle Association on grounds of systemic financial abuses that it would be framed in political terms. It is a powerful organization with powerful friends that shields it…

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It has to be somewhat maddening for parents to try keeping track of the back-to-school plans for their children. Not only did shifting state edicts prevent local districts from being able to stick with an idea for very long, but all the districts came up with different methods of reintroduci…

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The discussions in Freeport over a proposal to increase utility rates by about $7 a month for the average user sets up a familiar argument taxpayers have with themselves — demanding improvements and better services while at the same time fighting measures intended to pay for them.

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One of the reasons Lake Jackson has managed to live up to its “City of Enchantment” mantra is its well-defined restrictions and willingness to enforce them. City leadership through generations has worked hard to make sure things that could make the city look rundown or unkempt were addressed…