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“Major portions of the world are in conflict and some, in fact, are going to hell,” President Donald Trump said two years ago in a speech before the United Nations. Most things the president says are controversial, but the only disagreement most Americans across the political spectrum might …

Yes, I am one of “those” people. About thirty minutes after Labor Day has officially ended, I feel a strange compulsion to binge on my mother’s iced sugar cookies shaped like snowmen while listening to Nat King Cole croon about chestnuts.

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Support for movement toward a comprehensive approach to solve gun violence woes and for a State Board of Education move toward inclusion of African American studies electives were among topics being discussed this week by Texas editors.

The Christmas shopping season is off to a roaring start and that is nothing but good news for our economy in East Texas and beyond. Nationally, records were set for retail spending Black Friday, Local Saturday and Cyber Monday.

On Monday, House Republicans defended President Donald Trump from impeachment by (rather charitably) calling his brand of international relations an “ ‘outside the Beltway’ approach to diplomacy.”

Homelessness has been in the news recently in Texas. The mayor of Austin and the governor of Texas have been sparring over camping in public spaces.

Sam Clemens would be pretty miffed to discover I’m writing about him on his birthday weekend. The great American writer — who was better known by his pen name of Mark Twain — didn’t like to celebrate birthdays (“One day closer to death,” he’d say).

I’m not going to stop eating at Chick-fil-A for three reasons. First, I like it. Second, if I started avoiding businesses with which I might have a philosophical or ideological difference of opinion, my options would be pretty limited. Third, I believe Christianity would be much better serve…

War has come to my yard. But this battle doesn’t involve modern conventional weapons with individual rounds of ammunition that cost almost as much as my eldest and most expensive daughter’s wardrobe.

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The broader value and need for a return to the Thanksgiving day Texas A&M-Texas game and the importance of a complete census count were among the topics Texas editors were discussing this week.

This time of year brings a different spirit upon us, one in which most of us feel the need and desire to give back — or pay forward — some of the blessings we all enjoy.

Thanksgiving arrives just when we need it — our most unifying holiday at one of the most divisive moments in recent American history. In general, the holiday is celebrated the same way around the country, which is among its best qualities. There are no blue-state versions and red-state versi…

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“Praise be to the Lord, God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, as he said through his holy prophets long ago.”

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