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Upon first hearing a local police chief had been arrested and charged for multiple offenses in another city, our reaction was no different than it would have been for anyone in a position of public trust — the public has a right to know and we needed to fulfill our obligation to ensure it did.

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As politics plays out these days, we can expect lots of indignation, raised voices and blame-shifting when the Texas House and Senate host hearings today about the electrical catastrophe that befell the state during last week’s historic winter storm.

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With a good number of Brazoria County residents being transplants from places such as Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania — where sub-freezing temperatures, snow and sleet aren’t headline-making weather conditions — they know what a lot of Texas natives likely do not about what we are expe…

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It takes a lot to win the local spelling bee and this year's champion had a family team to help her along the way. An annual food drive again shows the giving spirit of the community. And the Dallas Mavericks could find another way to protest the national anthem.

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A requirement is meaningless if variances are easily granted for them, which has been an issue in Angleton for some time. Appeasing a developer by absolving them of the sidewalk requirement only passed son the eventual cost to homeowners and taxpayers. The city is right to stand firm by the mandate.

A community shrimp boil and a community garden had the same ultimate goal in mind  — helping. Whether it be those in the community affected by the pandemic or elementary school children learning about gardening, both projects will benefit people in the area. Meanwhile, nationally, folks like the My Pillow guy Mike Lindell, don't need to be seen anywhere until they can stop spreading lies on television.

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Were it not for the decision now almost a century ago to institute a federal minimum wage, it is unlikely the average U.S. worker would have been able to help make America the economic superpower it has become. Revisiting the wage floor is overdue, but it must be done in measured, incrementa…

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For a small town’s downtown area to truly prosper, it needs to offer more than a collection of businesses. That is the idea behind the “livable centers” concept, and one which could provide Angleton’s once largely vacant downtown to thrive beyond its current modest resurgence.

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In a state such as Texas where regulation is a four-letter word, the proposal by two Democratic lawmakers to put new handcuffs on companies with above-ground storage tanks is largely a non-starter. Looking objectively at the issue, the bills do not seem necessary when companies’ self-regulat…

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The Texas Capitol, where lawmakers gather every two years to pass laws, write budgets and argue politics, has a new function in 2021: It’s the incidental scene of a large public health experiment, a human-scale science fair exhibition of intense social interaction during a pandemic.

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The decisions by social media giants to wield their monopolistic swords against specific people and groups raises significant issues related to Americans' free speech protections. Those issues have more to do with technology than with whether people's rights are being violated.

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It has been a quarter-century since the disappearance of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman of Arlington led to a change in how law enforcement treats child abductions and made the public central to returning missing children safely to their homes.

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Of all t he emotions Americans experienced watching tens of thousands of their fellow citizens storm our citadel of democracy, surprise shouldn’t have been among them. The powder keg had been building for a long time, and the assault on the U.S. Capitol merely was its detonation.

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Every other year before the Texas Legislature starts up a new session, advocates of casino gambling find every available microphone to push a new reason why the state should legalize gambling in the state. This year is no different.

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TREE DROPOFFS Natural Christmas trees can be donated at these sites around Brazoria County. They should be free of all decorations. Brazoria County Parks Department offices, 313 W. Mulberry St. in Angleton Surfside Beach main entrance Manvel substation, 7313 Corporate Drive Precinct 1 office…

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A new Department of Labor regulation could require tipped restaurant workers to share their tips with employees more likely to earn an hourly wage, like cooks and dishwashers, which undermines the purpose of tipping.

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It’s worth applauding state education officials for determining there is enough upheaval in children’s lives to not assign performance grades to schools and school districts. When administrators and teachers don’t know from one day to the next whether they will have to shift entirely to onli…

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Young children who have a hard time remembering to put their dishes in the sink after a meal, argue about taking a bath and struggle to pull themselves away from Minecraft are being expected to have enough discipline to attend school from home. It should surprise no one that the failure rate…

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Back in 2013, Democratic Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, then the majority leader in the U.S. Senate, implemented the so-called “nuclear option” lowering the threshold needed to approve federal executive branch nominees and judicial appointments. Instead of needing 60 votes, a simple majority wou…

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The massive influx of public comments about a proposed oil terminal off the Brazoria County coast is encouraging. Too often potentially environmentally sensitive and economically damaging projects never make it onto the average resident’s radar, and a minimal number of objections make them f…