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Kowtow is one of the relatively few words English has borrowed from Chinese. It means to prostrate oneself obsequiously to a superior power. It was once the custom that people approaching the Chinese Emperor had to bow and knock their head against the floor nine times.

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 the organization’s prime mission is dedicated to the revival of intellectual pluralis…

James Pinckney Henderson had a habit of showing up late for important events. For example, he arrived in Texas in 1836 two months late to fight in the Texas War of Independence. Then in 1858 he showed up 72 years late for his Texas funeral.

Shakespeare long ago wrote that “truth will out,” meaning that what’s true — by virtue of its basis in fact and logic — eventually will conquer the lie.

When Rocio Castillo’s kids and other Texas children are healthy, they are more likely to make it to school each day and focus in the classroom. When children in Longview are able to go to regular checkups, they can get immunizations to keep them healthy. When children attend those appointmen…

I grew up in the pre-Katrina New Orleans in the 1980s and 90s. The city was impoverished and crime-ridden, but it was home. The diverse cultures that permeated New Orleans, its friendliness and music, were potent enough to make it one of the most amazing places in the world to live. The big …

Poverty affects hundreds of millions of people around the globe despite centuries of efforts to alleviate it by myriad individuals, organizations, and programs. A primary issue is the complexity of the problem.

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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:

I’m not sure when they started charging for air at gas stations, but I firmly believe that collusion was involved.

The fact optimism for a strong Texas economy must be tempered by the reality of national slowdown due to trade wars, and actions required to restore faith in Fort Worth police were among the issues being discussed this week by Texas editors.

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The U.S. and Texas flags at the News-Journal are at half-staff in honor of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings. The Maryland Democrat died Thursday at 68.

If we could somehow read the minds of all the officers involved in these cases, I wouldn't be surprised if we learned all of them sincerely feared for their safety. The problem is that not one of them was actually in any danger. 

The U.S. Constitution says precious little about a judge’s conduct other than Article III’s requirement of “good Behaviour.” That means it’s up to each state to ensure the integrity of its courts. Texas could do a better job by giving a kick in the pants to the agency that investigates compl…

So let me get this straight: President Trump ordered the removal of American troops from northern Syria, knowing Turkey would invade, seize and occupy Kurd-occupied land.

A minor infirmity led my doctor to prescribe rest, so I had good reason to cancel all my activities for the weekend, sleep in and approach Saturday morning refreshed and with nothing much to do but read.

A week ago, President Donald Trump shocked Washington and announced he wouldn’t impede an imminent Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria. Now, in the space of just a few days, his administration is reaping what it sowed.

It was 200 years ago when Eli Harris crossed the Sabine River and first set foot in East Texas. He was one of Texas’ first journalists. But Harris may have another claim to fame as the originator of Texas’ famed “Lone Star” symbol.

Donald Trump, an ongoing eruption of self-refuting statements (“I’m a very stable genius” with “a very good brain”), is adding self-impeachment to his repertoire. Spiraling downward in a tightening gyre, his increasingly unhinged public performances (Google the one with Finland’s dumbfounded…

Have you ever run a relay where batons were passed? There’s been a crew that dreamed the vision for the Longview Arboretum, a team that kept the aspiration alive during tumultuous times, and a group that caught the second wind and grew the concept into reality.

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 have garage sales, where the entire point is to lure nosy strangers onto our property to rummage through our personal belongings.

Donald Trump has richly deserved his reputation for cheating employees and small business owners who have worked on his properties over the years. Now we have evidence that he’s a total hypocrite dealing with immigrant workers at his properties.

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:

The fridge. ‘Frigerator. Some even called it “The Frigidaire.” A few decades ago it had many names.

Learning not to jump to conclusions in cases of violent crime, and the need for commonsense changes to gun background checks were among the topics being discussed this week by Texas editors.

Today's Bible verse

“And may your hearts be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.”

— 1 Kings 8:61

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