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Wednesday 05/25/2016
Transgender bathroom access
Posted: May 25, 2016 - 12:00 am

The great public bathroom scandal of 2016!  Men must be allowed to enter girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms so they can molest little girls!  Is there no one who can see how ridiculous this premise is?

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Tuesday 05/17/2016
A lousy writer – and proud of it
Posted: May 17, 2016 - 12:00 am

In 1830, Edward George Bulwer-Lytton began his new novel, Paul Clifford, with this sentence: “It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents—except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.” The novel went downhill after that.

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Tuesday 05/10/2016
Updated: May 10, 2016 - 8:56 pm

Bill (not his real name) is an American who grew up in the Pinehurst subdivision in Baytown, Texas. He attended Stephen F. Austin Elementary School, enjoying the woods around Cedar Bayou with the neighborhood boys.

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Tuesday 05/03/2016
American energy will help create a better tomorrow
Updated: May 03, 2016 - 10:32 pm

For the past several years the state of Texas has led the nation in job creation, setting the standard for how American ingenuity, limited government and hard work lead to a healthier and stronger economy.

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Tuesday 04/26/2016
‘To give them beauty for ashes’
Updated: April 26, 2016 - 8:08 pm

I do not know what it is about ashes that entangles me so. Or perhaps I do have an idea, which is why I cling to them. 

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Tuesday 04/19/2016
The dangers of assumption
Posted: April 19, 2016 - 12:00 am


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Friday 04/15/2016
It’s tax time again, but corporations aren’t paying
Posted: April 15, 2016 - 12:00 am

Tax Day offers a stark reminder of the difference between those of us who pay all our taxes every year and the big corporations that don’t. While families and small businesses scramble to file their returns, multinational corporations are free to ignore a $700 billion U.S. tax bill they owe on $2.4 trillion in profits stashed offshore.

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Wednesday 04/06/2016
Guest view: Fostering love of learning through literacy
Posted: April 06, 2016 - 12:00 am

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it’s estimated that more than $2 billion annually is spent on students who repeat a grade because they have reading problems. 

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Tuesday 04/05/2016
Sticker says ‘Mean People Suck’
Updated: April 05, 2016 - 10:27 pm

The morning of March 22, 2016, while her children made their way downstairs for breakfast, Michelle’s husband read her the headline describing the bombs set off in Brussels. Her family has a special affection for Belgium, having lived there for more than 11 years. They also have a personal connection to France (attacked November 2015). Her husband grew up there and they each have dual citizenship. Michelle has a dear link to Burkina Faso (attacked January 2016). She spent time there as part of her graduate studies. 

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Friday 04/01/2016
Guest view: Deception, lies and hypocrisy
Updated: April 01, 2016 - 1:12 am

First, there was Benghazi.News came into our living rooms that night in the form of a breaking news alert with information about an attack on the American Embassy in Benghazi, Libya.

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Tuesday 03/29/2016
Change and the seasons of life
Updated: March 29, 2016 - 11:36 pm

Is it spring already? My, how time flies! 

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Thursday 03/24/2016
Guest view: Viva Gonzalez! An American story
Posted: March 24, 2016 - 12:00 am

One of the joys of teaching is to discover in your class some student whose family has experienced a brush with one of history’s truly defining moments.  And what a thrill it is to witness that student’s sudden recognition and appreciation of the role some family member played in that event. Several years ago, I lectured on the U.S. involvement in the Mexican Revolution in my American history class at Lee College. Even though this was a survey course, I went into some detail on the background of the Revolution and its relevance to the history of the United States as well as to that of Mexico. 

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Tuesday 03/22/2016
Balm in Gilead
Updated: March 22, 2016 - 10:35 pm

That little angel on my shoulder that drops in from time to time has been whispering in my ear.  He keeps saying, “There is a balm in Gilead.” Could he know I needed a story for Easter?

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Stage of life: elderly orphan
Updated: March 22, 2016 - 10:41 pm

When I lost my parents, I had no one left. I felt like an orphan. Even having them only 500 miles away made me feel sheltered. I knew I could count on them for a long list of situations from babysitting the kids to co-signing on a car loan. 

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Tuesday 03/15/2016
Back to radios and picture shows
Updated: March 22, 2016 - 10:39 pm

Return with us to those thrilling days of yesteryear. From out of the past come thundering hoof beats of the great horse Silver. “Who is that masked man?” The theme music of The William Tell Overture reminds us of the Long Ranger’s silver bullets.

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