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— Frank Thomas Pool is a writer and a retired English teacher in Austin. He grew up on Maple Street in Longview and graduated from Longview High School. His column appears Tuesday.

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I do not believe that there are any undecided voters left in Pennsylvania. I say this after watching the recent Town Hall in Philadelphia, where some allegedly “undecided” voters gathered to ask questions of Donald Trump at the Constitution Center.

Six-year-olds Julius and Zach are playing in the dirt together at a local park. Julius is black, and Zach is white. They’ve been friends for three years, and play together nearly every weekend.

“So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart ...”

When Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert tested positive for COVID-19, the reaction on social media was one of the largest collections of “told you so’s” in internet history.

With all the violence blasted daily across our television screens, many conservatives are trying to blame liberal leftists for inciting mayhem in our nation’s cities after the death of George Floyd. But the real instigator of much of this turmoil is none other than our dear leader, Donald Tr…

“People know in their hearts that journalism is a conventional art like any other, that it selects, heightens, and falsifies. Only its Nemesis is the same as that of other arts: if it loses all care for the truth it loses all form likewise.”

GUSHER: For the academic excellence shown by two Longview-area students in being named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Pine Tree senior Marilyn Shen and Hallsville senior Jiasen Zhang were chosen based on scores from the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) taken their junior year…

“Thus says the Lord, ‘Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls.’ “

All political candidates make mistakes. They have to retract hasty, ill-considered statements. They find that the position they took to win their primaries is inconvenient afterward, and try to explain it away. For a lucky few candidates, the embarrassment is mitigated by the assistance of j…

When dawn broke over London on Sept. 15, 1940, this was the geopolitical situation: The northern tier of Eurasia, from Iberia in the West to Tokyo in the East, was dominated by Nazi Germany, fascist Italy, Imperial Japan and the Soviet Union, the latter of which was observing a nonaggression…

“For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.”

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Last week, I had the pleasure of awakening to the sounds of rolling thunder and a heavy soaking rain. But even better than that were the sounds of voices coming from downstairs.

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SAN DIEGO — Even in a presidential election year, not everything is about politics. In fact, the things that have the greatest impact on our lives — for better or worse — have nothing to do with red states or blue states.

Growing up, I watched my mom grade papers well into the night. I watched her trek to school before dawn to prepare lessons, and I saw her sacrifice time to ensure her students learned crucial life lessons: how to tell a story, how to write a sentence and how to put critical thinking skills i…

Home is the front line for the COVID-19 crisis unfolding in our nation. How we spend time sheltering in place says a lot about the world we live in. Normally, our differences are masked. It’s hard to tell who gets free lunches at school and who doesn’t, who needs the library’s free internet …

GUSHER: For the compassion and community service shown by 16-year-old Arya Germanwala. Arya started the nonprofit Simple Bare Necessities to provide hygiene products to fellow Longview ISD students in need. Donations to Arya’s organization can be dropped off at Hudson PEP Elementary School, …

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.”

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The curling iron changed things. From the male perspective, not necessarily in a good way.

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Today's Bible verse

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Galatians 3:28

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