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Even with this year’s emotionally jarring MLB season – featuring widespread fan misbehavior, COVID-19 postponements, and a game suspension caused by a shooting in Washington, D.C., – it’s generally accepted (as stated by Jimmy Dugan in the film “A League of Their Own”) that “There’s no cryin…

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Most flights on an airplane follow a similar routine. There is usually a lot of activity as you start boarding the plane. People are getting to seats, stowing luggage, the attendant goes through safety, maybe the pilot says something, the plane leaves the terminal and airborne.

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This week, President Joe Biden was asked whether he had any message for social media amidst a dramatic rise in the number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases thanks to the delta variant. Biden immediately responded that companies like Facebook were responsible for murder: “They’re killing people — I…

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I love Independence Day. I especially love seeing American flags everywhere. The flags help me to realize just how much that I love our country. I get goosebumps when hearing the “Star Spangled Banner” and seeing our beautiful American flag flying.

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The energy sector remains a key driver of the Texas economy. It dominates state exports; drilling, production, transportation, and processing activity involve substantial investments; and the massive supply chain has been entrenched and expanding for over a century. Although the Texas econom…

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This week, thousands of Cuban dissidents marched against the repressive communist tyranny that has subjugated the Cuban people for three generations. They chanted “Libertad!” and called for the end of the regime. And they carried aloft a symbol of freedom: the American flag.

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Austin is a city of paradoxes. It’s the capital of one of the most conservative states in the country – a state where you’ll probably feel out of place in some localities if you don’t conceal a firearm in your undergarments, yet Austin is a city widely known for its ultra-liberal social more…

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We held an unsuccessful bond election a few months ago. We recognize this proposal just wasn’t the right fit for our community. However, the needs of our facilities have not changed. Many of our buildings are on life support and desperately need critical infrastructure upgrades. For several …

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As I drove to work, the first thing I noticed was the flashing yellow lights in the school zones weren’t blinking.

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This Independence Day, a poll from Issues & Insights revealed that only 36% of adults aged 18-24 said they were “proud to be American,” compared with 86% of those over the age of 65. This shouldn’t be surprising. America’s children have been raised in a system dedicated to the propositio…

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I’ve come to the conclusion that the only way to find something you’ve misplaced is to buy another one.

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A few weeks ago, a man who shall remain nameless stated during a local radio program that I am smart. He has said it before to me and I laugh every time he does because my only thought about being the smartest person in the room is that it is true only if I am the first person in the room.

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Remember when you’d visit family and they’d pull out the slide projector for the three-hour presentation of their trip to Carlsbad Caverns and Dodge City?

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The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently released results of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) for spring 2021. (See https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/2021-staar-analysis-presentation.pdf for a summary.) The tests cover mathematics and reading for grades 3…

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In recent years, kayaking has become a true craze, ranking right up there with TikTok dances, government stimulus checks, and those glorified Lunchables on plywood I can’t pronounce called charcuterie boards. And speaking of unusual pronunciations, before my teenage daughters got involved wi…

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This week, heretofore nearly anonymous hammer thrower Gwen Berry made international headlines when, during the podium ceremony for winning bronze in an Olympic trial, she turned away from the United States flag as the national anthem played. The anthem wasn’t played for her, or for the other…

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For one week in early June, it seemed we were one people, transformed by music. Victoria, for more than 45 years, has hosted musicians from around the United States and the world. These talented folks rehearse and play all week long in the hot Texas summer. They are among the finest players,…

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A year ago, the economy had begun to stabilize after two months of cataclysmic decline due to COVID-19 and the massive response. Almost overnight, millions of jobs disappeared, and an economy in the midst of a record-shattering expansion suddenly went into freefall.

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According to the establishment media, critical race theory, or CRT, is a distraction. It is a right-wing smear. It is a conservative attempt to quash the dark side of American history. Most of all, according to the establishment media, you must never — ever — pay attention to the infusion of…

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This week, a video from a San Francisco Walgreens went viral on Twitter. The video depicted a man standing next to his bicycle, loading up a garbage bag with products. The man then rides his bicycle down the aisle, past a security guard, who limply throws out a hand to try to grab the bag; t…

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