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Donald Trump’s failure to heed early warnings about COVID-19 is a lot worse than an emperor without clothes. Months into the coronavirus pandemic, the president still lacks a cohesive plan to provide necessary medical supplies and national testing to battle America’s deadliest disease since …

The issue the government has when enforcing social distancing is that we live in a free country with a Constitution that guarantees those freedoms.

The yards had been mostly vacant on the street around the corner from our house, save for the tricycles, small bikes and other toddler transportation.

The need for Texas to seriously consider a freeze on property appraisal increases and the importance of residents taking part in the census count were among the topics being discussed this week by Texas editors. 

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Two former Louisiana public officials believe one of the best ways to get the country back to work is to start tackling the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. Tim Barfield and Charlie Melancon said improvements to roads, bridges, railroads and airports are a subject on which highly partisan …

Because of the voting problems presented by COVID-19, the Democrats and some gullible Republicans are calling for mail-in ballots for all voters. This system works if all politicians are honest. This requirement eliminates most politicians.

Attention: Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Ben Carson, Herman Cain, Jason Riley, Deroy Murdock, Harris Faulkner, Charles Payne, and Candace Owens. 

We have just about categorized ourselves out of our democracy. Everything is either "liberal" or "conservative." And when categorizations are used, issues are often forgotten.

Does Ruben Navarrette twist everything he writes into a holier than thou lecture about racism because he is a flaming liberal journalist who writes for the fake news Washington Post or did he take a special class in journalism school?

Their seasons — indeed, their athletic, academic and music careers — may be over, but the character Texas high school seniors have developed through their participation in education-based high school activities lives on, a benefit to their communities and the state.

As some pandemic doors are slowly opened, others are getting kicked in. Either way, individual choices are quickly replacing the weeks of government instructions about what and what not to do.

Black politicians, civil rights leaders and their white liberal advocates have little or no interest in doing anything effective to deal with what’s no less than an education crisis among black students.

Class of 2020, you’re the best and brightest new players on the global stage, and us older folks are looking to you to lead us into a new future. Your whole lives led you to this, so don’t despair.

Some salon owners in Texas have been in the news recently because they reopened their businesses before Gov. Abbott's rules officially allowed them to do so. As a result, some were fined or imprisoned as outlaws or scofflaws.

A moment’s silence, please, for Krist Angielen Guzman, 35, a nurse in Chicago who vowed to “kick COVID’s butt.” Her maternity leave — third child — ended about the same time the enemy reached her city. When the president declared a national emergency, she armored up in goggles, gown and face…

Those of us who lived during the World War II years can see huge differences in our society. Even as a child, I could see how my parents and other adults in their circle of friends and at church treated others. Of course, equal treatment of others not in our group or of our color still had a…

I am overflowing with excitement. As I write these words, we are making our final preparations to celebrate our first public worship services as a church in over two months.

Rush Limbaugh single-handedly revived AM radio. In 1988, his syndicated talk show brought people back to a place they had left for the FM dial.

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The need for schools to prepare for new challenges in the fall and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's efforts to make the state less safe were among topics being discussed this week by Texas editors.

According to the Milken Institute, over 70 treatments for COVID-19 are already in clinical trials or progressing toward clinical trials. Several of the inventions behind this flurry of activity resulted from government-funded research in U.S. universities.

We have entered the endurance phase of this pandemic. We are slowly mastering this disease, but have not yet done so. And so we wait — and endure.

The movie “Watermelon Man,” starring Godfrey Cambridge, is no “Casablanca” or “Citizen Kane.” It probably is not on any list of best movies. It would be surprising, in fact, if many of you have even heard of it.

In Washington and the media, the pandemic is, alas, being taken over by extremists. They demand we choose A or B, the virus or the economy, locking down or setting free. But while they rage and clash, the future will probably be won by Pandemic Pragmatists, who blend and balance both priorit…

In 1722, Daniel Defoe coined the word “soixantaine” to denote a period of 60 days isolation. It is a period of time half again as long as a quarantine, whose original meaning denoted a 40-day period.

Former Barack Obama adviser Rahm Emanuel, during a recent interview, reminded us of his 2008 financial crisis quotation, “Never allow a crisis to go to waste.”

Today's Bible verse

“But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children.”

— Psalm 103:17

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