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A few weeks ago, Victoria ISD released a proposed responsive reentry plan for schools. At the conclusion of the video explanation, I asked parents to do two things.

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Dr. Thomas Sowell has been both a friend and a colleague of mine for over a half-century. On June 30, he will have completed his 90th year of life, and I want to highlight some important features of that life. Sowell was born in Gastonia, N.C., in 1930. As part of the great black migration n…

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We are being asked to consider the fate of the Confederate statue on the square. Some of us want to remove it, notably, the writers of the guest column in the June 12 Victoria Advocate. Others of us want to preserve it.

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In the chilling aftermath of George Floyd’s death, we cannot allow the sorrowful wails of family and friends or the furious voices of legitimate protesters to be silenced by the deafening shrieks of destructive riots and the tragic loss of an additional 17 lives.

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Taxpayers deserve to have a friend in the tax office, and I’m committed to making a difference for people and keeping taxes as low as possible. I’ll constantly search to root out any wasteful spending, and do all I can to make the Tax Office and Victoria County government work better for everyone.

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Many whites are ashamed, saddened and feel guilty about our history of slavery, Jim Crow and gross racial discrimination. Many black people remain angry over the injustices of the past and what they see as injustices of the present. Both blacks and whites can benefit from a better appreciati…

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Activists and many commentators have a quick response to the black/white disparity in police killings. They see the issue as one simply of white police racism. As with so many popular explanations of complex social phenomena it is both psychologically satisfying and wrong.

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Last week, the Victoria ISD released details about our proposed responsive reopening plan. We also released a one-page document that captures the essential elements. Our return to school falls on a spectrum of possibilities. On one end of the spectrum, we want to have all students back to sc…

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A monument memorializes and brings honor and attention to its subject. It says to a community: “Look and see what we value.” It says that these are the ideals that the community reveres. This is what it stands for. Rarely would you see a monument erected to something that a community vilifie…

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While it might not be popular to say in the wake of the recent social disorder, the true plight of black people has little or nothing to do with the police or what has been called “systemic racism.” Instead, we need to look at the responsibilities of those running our big cities.

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As our nation continues to struggle with divisiveness unleashed because of the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd, I ask, for the sake of peace, we focus on what unites us as Americans as opposed to what divides us. I believe our love of freedom, the kind of freedom people like me are willing …

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Early next week, I will be sharing our working responsive return plan with the Victoria community. We will make sure to give advance notice using all communications tools at our disposal (social media, Edulink, email, and local news outlets).

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Atlanta has removed its Confederate monuments. Richmond has removed its Confederate monuments. Birmingham has removed its Confederate monuments. New Orleans has removed its Confederate monuments.

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Imagine that you are an unborn spirit in heaven. God condemns you to a life of poverty but will permit you to choose the country in which you will spend your life. Which country would you choose? I would choose the United States of America.

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The violent George Floyd protests in Minneapolis have spread across America quicker than COVID-19 and the dual-purpose masks now serve to conceal the identities of the misguided mask-wearing mobsters.

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I have spent the last several days watching with growing concern as the situation surrounding the death of George Floyd has unfolded before us on the national stage. In particular, I was shocked by the senseless and violent nature of his death. Coming as it did on the heels of other senseles…

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The other day, I received a package in the mail. Surprisingly, I hadn’t ordered anything recently, which left me most curious of this mysterious parcel a couple inches in width. Much to my delight upon opening, I discovered it was from an old friend. She sent me a book from her library. It s…

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I want to provide an update on our virtual building tours. Over the past several weeks, we have invited the public to join us on a virtual building tour of each of the sites, locations and campuses included in the facilities study conducted by Huckabee Architects. To those of you who have jo…

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Oil production costs are down sharply in Texas in recent years, but they are not yet at a level to maintain viability given current prices and uncertainty. As a result, significant disruptions in oil production areas are occurring. The industry initiated a rapid shutdown of drilling activity…

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Is it important to have racial or sexual diversity in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic? Heather Mac Donald suggests that some think it might be in her City Journal article “Should Identity Politics Dictate Vaccine Research?”

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