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David Brooks has described himself a a kind of amphibian: he is not quite a journalist and not really an academic. He is too conservative for liberals and too liberal for conservatives. In his new book, “The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life,” he calls himself a border stalker.

We are living in a time of increasing domestic tension. Some of it stems from the presidency of Donald Trump. Another part of it is various advocacy groups on both sides of the political spectrum demanding one cause or another. But nearly totally ignored is how growing government control ove…

It was Feb. 27, a bitterly cold day in 1836, as William Barret Travis looked out at the Mexican troops and pondered his fate at the Alamo. Travis was only 27 years old, yet here he found himself commanding 150 or so “Texians” in their siege against Mexican dictator Santa Anna.

As an LGBTQ ally, I am a work in progress. I don't know firsthand what it's like to be rejected or marginalized — even by family and friends — because of who I am, so Pride Month is a time for introspection.

Spring in East Texas always announces its arrival with an annual tree-pollen allergy apocalypse, followed by our own version of monsoon season, when most residents consider trading in their pickups for four-wheel drive dinghies. All of the rain and foliage-philandering gives rise to the need…

English is a language that borrows from other languages, yet it also unifies. I respect everyone’s right to be their own self. Everybody is an individual, exceptional and unique. I also think we need some mechanism to unify us as Americans.

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GUSHER: For the transparent and inclusive approaches we’ve seen recently in planning the expansions of Toll 49 and Longview parks. Convening public meetings to share information and receive feedback from those who pay for and will be impacted by such projects is the hallmark of a public body…

Conversations get lively at news-journal.com, where commenters are encouraged to weigh in on stories via Facebook. Here’s a sampling of some recent comments:

Seeing a classic or antique car always reminds me of someone. That someone is most often my father.

Dallas residents puling together after devastating storms, keeping children safe around water this summer, and a push to clear the state's rape-kit testing backlog were among the topics being discussed this week by Texas editors.

Along with the rise of women and expansion of civil rights, the most important social transformation of America's first quarter-millennium has been the triumph of modern agriculture over the famine and ceaseless, backbreaking effort simply to feed one's self that had been the dominant fact of human life throughout history. 

Dallas state Rep. Eric Johnson won’t be returning to the House of Representatives. He got a better-paying job as mayor of Dallas. Johnson, 43, a 10-year veteran Democrat from the west side of Dallas, was a convincing runoff victor last week over City Councilman Scott Griggs, 57-42 percent.

Texas Tech Red Raiders ... National Champions. We like the sound of that after the Red Raider track team's exciting triumph over the weekend at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in which Tech captured its first men's athletics national title at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. 

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I am proud to have been born and raised in Alabama. My family’s roots run deep in the state and, for decades, we have been honored to celebrate that heritage by supporting the University of Alabama. It’s where my father learned to practice law, which gave him the tools to succeed in America …

A fumbled voter purge led by acting Secretary of State David Whitley left Texas officials publicly embarrassed and chastised in federal court. Yet their continued effort to stonewall a congressional subcommittee’s investigation suggests they have more to hide.

The Walker Percy Weekend is an annual gathering in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Due to its setting in a small town with limited hotel and meeting areas, it has remained delightfully intimate.

When longtime U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy died in 2009, an irreverent Texas political consultant predicted the people who raise money for the two major political parties would miss the famous Massachusetts Democrat. Democrats loved him and touted him as a champion in their appeals, while Republ…

A classic country song suggests the secret to survival is knowing which cards to throw away and which to keep. We agree with those well-known lyrics that understanding when to walk away is important, and suggest it is past time for Longview to get rid of the losing hand it was dealt on Hinsl…

The abortion issue is more divisive than ever, thanks to extreme anti-abortion legislation recently passed in some states and, lately, to Democratic presidential candidates seemingly vying to be the most pro-choicest.

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Memorial Day was “sine die,” the last day of the 86th legislative session — the finish line of the biennial 140-day mad dash to do the people’s work. On behalf of the University of Texas System, we want to thank Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, and all the…

When the school year draws to a close, parents begin looking forward to the slower pace of summer, with a less regimented schedule, relaxing family vacations and a long list of menial household chores to inflict upon the children anytime they mention being bored.

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“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

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