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I’m writing this column while trying to watch the historic impeachment inquiry hearings. It’s Nov. 13, and this first hearing is especially poignant for me because I am the daughter of a career foreign service officer who served his country in consulates and embassies around the world for 25 years.

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A recent survey conducted by the Victims of Communism and polled by YouGov, a research and data firm, found that 70% of millennials are likely to vote socialist and that one in three millennials saw communism as “favorable.”

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Victoria ISD is part of the System of Great Schools (SGS) Network. The Texas Education Agency launched the SGS Network to support school districts across Texas to develop a locally designed system- level innovation and problem-solving approach. The goal is to build the capacity of school dis…

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Texas voters will weigh in on 10 proposed amendments to the state constitution, which deal with everything from retiring law enforcement animals to the state’s tax code. Voters in three state House districts will also participate in special elections to fill empty seats.

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The year was 1982 as I sat in my living room on my rust-brown and off-white flowered velour couch hunched over the latest Victoria Advocate devouring, along with my chocolate Jell-O Pudding Pop, a new “Hocus Focus” syndicated puzzle by Henry Boltinoff.

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Gun control did not become politically acceptable until the Gun Control Act of 1968 signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The law’s primary focus was to regulate commerce in firearms by prohibiting interstate firearms transfers except among licensed manufacturers, dealers and impor…

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We recently learned about some great news at the University of Houston-Victoria. The university has received a $2.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will help us launch new programs to promote undergraduate student success. That good news was followed by an announcem…

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The U.S. Nobel-laureate economist Herbert Simon (1916-2001) in his 1982 book ‘Models of Bounded Rationality and Other Topics in Economics’ was the first to write about “Bounded Rationalism.” Bounded Rationalism as a concept explains that decision makers (irrespective of their level of intell…

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Last week, U.S. Attorney General William Barr told a University of Notre Dame Law School audience that attacks on religious liberty have contributed to a moral decline that’s in part manifested by increases in suicides, mental illness and drug addiction. Barr said that our moral decline is n…

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Early voting for the Nov. 5 election started Oct 21. There are 10 important constitutional amendments passed by the Texas Legislature to vote on. I support all of these amendments, but I am particularly proud to have supported legislation to bring Propositions 4 and 6 to the voters, and I ur…

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If you need an accurate update on some of the madness at the nation’s institutions of higher learning, check out Minding the Campus, a nonprofit independent organization. John Leo, its editor-in-chief, says that the organization’s prime mission is dedicated to the revival of intellectual plu…

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On Tuesday, 12 Democratic presidential hopefuls took to the stage at Otterbein University near Columbus, Ohio, to pitch their credentials. The dozen are at the very least advocates for loose borders. Ask the candidates their positions on the environment and ecological stability, and the doze…

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Last week, we held our P-TECH Healthcare advisory meeting. You will recall P-TECH Healthcare is a new initiative for Victoria ISD starting next year. The P-TECH Healthcare is a new opportunity exclusively for our current eighth-grade students who will be starting as high school freshmen in 2020.

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Life in Point Comfort was pretty idyllic in the post WWII/Korea war years of the 1950s and 1960s. Our fathers brought us to this little factory village from near and far as the post-war economy craved aluminum for the world. The jobs were good, steady, paid well, and our fathers could provid…

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The Competitive Enterprise Institute has published a new paper, “Wrong Again: 50 Years of Failed Eco-pocalyptic Predictions.” Keep in mind that many of the grossly wrong environmentalist predictions were made by respected scientists and government officials. My question for you is: If you we…

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I want to say I agree with many of the points in Mr. Whitefield’s guest column, “Choose Wisely,” that appeared in the Advocate Sept. 25. However, he fails to understand that secularism and humanism were part of the radical thinking of our country’s founders in their struggle to protect our n…

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Garage sales are a little ridiculous if you think about it. As a society we spend untold millions trying to protect the sanctity of our homes from intrusion, and then we hold garage sales, where the entire point is to lure nosy strangers onto our property to rummage through our personal belongings.

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This White House breathes chaos. It’s like one of those Vaudevillian plate spinners who isn’t happy until all the plates come crashing down to the ground. The attraction consists of the cast kicking through the detritus, which is always loud and cacophonous.

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Many of our task forces have begun their work. For those who came to the kickoff meeting, I shared how our task forces are going to be working through several complex conversations over the next few months. The work of this group will be leading to a strategic planning effort where we will o…

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