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Tue
26
Nov
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Thanksgiving feasts should fill hearts as well

Americans will soon be celebrating one of our oldest and most cherished holidays. Dating back to the Colonial era, Thanksgiving's traditions have evolved over time, but its fundamental purpose remains the same — an offering of thanks for the blessings bestowed upon our nation. But while Thanksgiving reminds us that we live in a land of plenty, it also reminds us that many of our neighbors live in need.  One such need seems to be more apparent at this time of year, especially in lower income urban and rural areas. 
 
Tue
19
Nov
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When did I get older?

When did my body decide to  no longer sleep past 9 a.m.? Saturday morning as I slowly started waking up, I rolled over to look at the alarm clock  thinking maybe it would say 10 a.m. or even 9:45 a.m. Nope, instead it said 8:30
a.m. Why was I awake at 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning? When did 8:30 a.m. become sleeping in? 
 
Tue
19
Nov
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Nov. 22, 1963: A Day Etched in Our Memories

When dawn broke on Nov. 22, 1963, it promised to be a mild, fall day in Dallas but when the sunset later that day; it had become a dark, gloomy day that changed history, not just in this country but around the world. The youthful exuberance and good looks of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK) had captured the hearts of the citizens of the United States as well as many nations around the world, but so had the beauty and elegance of his wife, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy 
 
Tue
12
Nov
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I Could’ve Dyed

I’m not the kinda guy who can sit around watching TV, so every evening finds me in my shop where I’ve taken on everything from blacksmithing to upholstery. Ten years ago I became a leatherworker, although not the most  profitable endeavor I’ve ever engaged in, it is by far the most enjoyable. I especially like the tooling and stitching part, and please note that I said “stitching”. Women sew, men stitch, even though it might look exactly like sewing and some of our machines may even say Singer on them. 
 
Tue
12
Nov
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Proposed constitutional amendments pass

AUSTIN — All nine proposed amendments to the state constitution on the Nov. 5 election ballot passed. Texas Secretary of State John Steen, the state’s chief elections officer, on Nov. 6 commented that the 2013 constitutional  amendment election “was our first statewide election with a photo ID requirement in place, and it was smooth, secure and successful.”  
 
Tue
05
Nov
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Saluting veterans, active military

Day is done, gone the sun, From the lake, from the hills, from the sky; All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. Fading light, dims the sight, And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright. From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night. Thanks and praise, for our days, 'Neath the sun, 'neath the stars, neath the sky; As we go, this we know, God is nigh. Sun has set, shadows come, Time has fled, Scouts must go to their beds Always true to the promise that they made.
 
Tue
05
Nov
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Appeals court grants stay in abortion law case

AUSTIN — A three-judge panel of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 31 granted the state an emergency stay, allowing a certain contested portion of the Texas abortion law to remain in effect for the time being. The action stems from a case brought by Planned Parenthood Greater Texas Surgical Health Services and more than a dozen other plaintiff entities and individuals who filed suit to stop the state from enforcing two new portions in  the abortion law, Chapter 171 of the state Health and Safety Code. 
 
Tue
05
Nov
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Free For All

We have an annual Halloween ritual in which my wife buys three bags of Halloween candy knowing full well that we NEVER, EVER, get trick or treaters. Then she says, “Oh, well I guess I’ll just have to eat it myself.” (As if  she’s making a big sacrifice.) The reason we don’t get trick or treaters is because we live on a very steep hill on the edge of a state park where all sorts of frightening things are found, like bears, mountain lions and Sierra Club  members. We miss seeing all the cute little tikes in their costumes so this year we invited ourselves to some friend’s house for Halloween where they said we could answer the door and hand out candy. 
 
Tue
29
Oct
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Businesses need to monitor their online reputation

America’s Funniest Home Video (AFV) has provided an opportunity for the general public to laugh at the antics of small children, goofy grandparents and funny animals. Now with the Internet, this type of video is available  nstantly through a myriad of online portals. 
 
Tue
29
Oct
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Public officials should acknowledge that Texas DREAM Act benefits all

W illiam B. Travis, one of Texas’ founding fathers, was an undocumented immigrant. Born in 1809 in South Carolina, he arrived in Texas—what was then northern Mexico—in 1831, after the Law of April 6, 1830, made his  mmigration illegal. The rest, of course, is history. Despite his undocumented status, he went on to become a prominent figure in Texas lore, sacrificing his life in 1836 as commander of Texas' forces defending the Alamo.  
 

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