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For centuries scholars have debated the value of applying past experiences to present day events. Most of us ordinary people accept the premise that our past drives our present either as a positive force or a negative one. Personal and historical memories return to us in piecemeal fashion, d…

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We are living in a time of increasing domestic tension. Some of it stems from the presidency of Donald Trump. Another part of it is various advocacy groups on both sides of the political spectrum demanding one cause or another. But nearly totally ignored is how growing government control ove…

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For years I have been saying that my ideal school district would be one that guarantees to a parent (and community member) that 100 percent of our students will have a “successful launch.” These are the words I have used over and over countless times. I have said “successful launch” to just …

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The Victoria Bach Festival broadens our cultural landscape, thereby enriching our lives and enlightening our children. This year, Arts and Culture Texas named the festival one of the 10 best cultural events in Texas during the week beginning June 3. The other nine events took place in the fi…

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My dad turns 86 next month. He never thought he’d live so long – or see as many Father’s Days as he has – because his parents both died far too young.

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But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

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At last week’s ceremonial groundbreaking for the University of Houston-Victoria’s Northwest Campus, university and city officials laid the foundation for expanded education and business opportunities in the college neighborhood.

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Last week, I visited the Texas-Mexico border for an updated look at the situation, and I can confirm that this is certainly not a “manufactured crisis” – our border agencies are overwhelmed.

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Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled and …

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Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

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When House Bill 3 legislation was announced at the end of the legislative session, it was immediately met with excitement, apprehension and some confusion.

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Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth up: Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand; nor he that bindeth sheaves his bosom. Neither do they which go by say, The blessing of the Lord be upon you: we bless you in the name of the Lord.

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When you send your youngster off to college, you might not mind that they will have to walk on eggshells, respect taboos, snitch on fellow students for politically incorrect jokes and learn to use ad hominem arguments as a means to attack ideas they find “disagreeable.” If that’s your prefer…

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And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, after this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles…

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Movie theaters are the places where imagination and fantasies come alive. It’s where we suspend our disbelief to watch dinosaurs roam the earth, gangsters rob a bank and aliens invade spaceships.

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What a difference a biennium makes. If the Texas Senate had had its way in 2017, we’d all be wearing laminated miniatures of our birth certificates on lanyards around our necks to gain admittance to our prescribed potty facilities. Last session was all about regulating who could go where and…

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Saturday, June 1, the Victoria County Historical Commission conducted Cemetery Preservation Workshop Part II, facilitated by gravestone restoration expert Lowell Herzog, of Brenham. The workshop was well attended and was a huge success.

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The greatest turning point of World War II was wrought with valor and determination that most could never imagine as the Allied forces undertook a bold invasion of the European mainland, slogging ashore amid enemy fire and raging seas, knowing that their mission was as dangerous as it was ne…

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In previous posts, I have mentioned the signs of civic success from the book “Our Towns” by Deborah and James Fallows. The first sign of civic success was that “people work together on practical local possibilities rather than allowing bitter disagreements about national politics to keep the…