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Before a couple of weeks ago, it had been over 20 years since my wife and I attended a Texas A&M football game, partly because we’ve spent the past two decades or so raising three daughters who’ve been more interested in spending our cash on hamsters, horses, dance recitals and any produ…

Almost every day, the media interview people who continue dogmatically, often belligerently, to buy into and spread Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” — that, because of alleged but unproven fraudulence, the 2020 election was stolen and therefore Joe Biden is not the legitimate president of the United…

Knowing that the 20th anniversary of 9/11 was fast approaching, I knew I needed to address it. I struggle writing about 9/11 because in many ways it still brings on strong emotions, and I want to do it justice. For my own history, it is the foremost event and has done more to change this nat…

August job gains for the U.S. were disappointing, with an increase in total nonfarm payroll employment of 235,000 and the unemployment rate down 0.2 percentage point to 5.2%.

Years ago, during my school days in the 1950s and 1960s, an important lesson that our teachers stressed was reading for comprehension. Judging from my dialog with Jerry King, that subject wasn’t mastered in his classrooms.

Many parents my age are experiencing empty nest syndrome/euphoria as they send their children off to college in hopes that, someday, their “babies” will graduate and come back home to pick up all of the junk they left crammed under their beds.

“Solidarity” has long been the watchword of the U.S. labor movement. It represented not only unity within workers’ unions, but also signaled a community of support for workers by others in society, individuals and organizations (secular and religious).

One of the significant concerns held by the founders of our country was that the government not be allowed to get too big. Our system of government is constructed in such a fashion the people are in charge, not the elected politicians. The politicians are elected to do the will of the people.

I’m pleased to see Jim Ross Lightfoot writing again for the News-Journal. I’d like to call Jim a friend since we’ve corresponded for several years, but we’ve only met once, for coffee one morning before the COVID outbreak.

Many parents (including my wife and I) are in the process of moving their precious partly-grown child-people (and some of their credit cards) to institutions of higher education for the first time so that these students can gain vital professional knowledge and skills, including how to get t…

As a fourth-generation East Texan, property owner, businessman, father, Eagle Scout and as mayor of my hometown of Atlanta — not to mention a lifelong advocate for private property rights and personal responsibility — the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir flies in the face of all I hold dear.

If you were to stop a Roman around the year 117 A.D. and ask about the future of the empire, he/she would probably boast it is the greatest empire in the history of the world and will last forever.

Today is National Honey Bee Day, and it’s the perfect time to pay homage to all of the black and yellow striped pollinators out there, from Buzz the Honey Nut Cheerios Bee to the honey bees we see buzzing above blooming Texas sunflowers.

Once again, the pro-abortion fight in the U.S. Congress has heated up. What is known as the Hyde Amendment, basically preventing the use of tax dollars to fund abortions, has been stripped from passing legislation.

The U.S. Senate recently passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill in a rare and much-needed bipartisan action to inject funds to fix and expand roads, bridges, water systems, the power grid and other pressing priorities. It will doubtlessly go through some delays, detours and drama in the …

Jerry King has joined the chorus of critics who don’t like my commentaries, but while he’s admiring his literary effort in the Aug. 8 issue, I hope he continued to read other articles in the newspaper that had answers to some of his comments.

With blistering summer weather in full force and shiny new COVID-19 variants emerging like another season of “The Bachelor,” many Americans have taken to the great outdoors — despite recently reported attacks by grizzly bears, alligators and President Joe Biden’s surviving German shepherd, M…

The economic upheaval of 2020 impacted all corners of Texas. As centers of employment, the largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) experienced the bulk of the heavy losses as the state responded to the COVID-19 crisis. About 79.3% of 1.4 million jobs lost between February and April 202…

Even with this year’s emotionally jarring MLB season featuring widespread fan misbehavior, COVID-19 postponements, and a game suspension caused by a shooting in Washington, D.C., it’s generally accepted (as stated by Jimmy Dugan in the film “A League of Their Own”) that “There’s no crying in…

I write today with hope for the future and gratitude for the resilience of our physician and provider team at Longview Regional Medical Center. The pandemic has demonstrated how interconnected we all are, the impact each one of us can have and the benefit of working together for a common cause.

Keep your saddle oiled and your gun greased because the “National Day of the Cowboy” — the fourth Saturday in July — is finally here. This day celebrates the lasting legacies of the cowboys who pioneered the American West as they worked cattle, beginning after the Civil War in the heart of Texas.

At last, someone has captured the essence of Donald Trump’s unprecedented four years in the White House. A former federal prosecutor has called for the criminal prosecution of Trump for being responsible for “an unabated crime wave as president.”

The energy sector remains a key driver of the Texas economy. It dominates state exports; drilling, production, transportation, and processing activity involve substantial investments; and the massive supply chain has been entrenched and expanding for over a century.

Austin is a city of paradoxes. It’s the capital of one of the most conservative states in the country — a state where you’ll probably feel out of place in some localities if you don’t conceal a firearm in your undergarments, yet Austin is a city widely known for its ultra-liberal social more…

I’m pleased that my recent commentaries sparked reactions from readers, but so many questions are coming in letters to the editor I’m beginning to feel like the Panola County version of Answer Line (with apologies to Jo Lee Ferguson).

Now that the Texas Legislature has been called back into special session by Gov. Greg Abbott, there is a choice they must make: Impose $7 billion in new taxes on businesses to close the unemployment insurance deficit, or use federal aid money to close that deficit, offering much-needed finan…

Kudos to the Texas Legislature for its decisive actions this session to rein in pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). Pharmacies statewide worked closely with lawmakers to pass House Bills 1763 and 1919, two measures that preserve patients’ access to affordable, life-saving drugs while protectin…

In recent years, kayaking has become a true craze, ranking right up there with TikTok dances, government stimulus checks, and those glorified Lunchables on plywood I can’t pronounce called charcuterie boards.

Have you ever felt as if you were very blessed? I know some folks might say “lucky” instead of blessed, but I don’t believe in luck. Things happen for a reason. A reason that only God knows.

Marijuana has been the subject of public debate for many years and doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon. With so much talk coming both enthusiasts and opponents, it can be difficult to cut through the clutter and find the truth about what we actually know about the mysterious green …

With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions over the past few months, Texas weather has been releasing its pent-up energy like a post-quarantine exhibitionist with multiple personality disorder.

I have spent the past 42 years practicing and teaching principles of rationality. As I learned during my doctoral education in rhetoric, rationality is at the core of our humanity and anchors productive deliberation in a democratic society.

The maxim that “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely” can now be applied to former Attorney General William Barr’s decision not to charge Donald Trump with obstruction of justice in the Russia investigation.

You may have heard the proverb, “Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you’ll feed him for a lifetime of crushing debt after he buys the boat, trailer, tackle, depth finder, trolling motor, etc.”

At the turn of the 21st century, America was a unipolar global power. A decade after winning the Cold War, we were an economic, political and military hegemon.

One key job of historians is to find patterns. Most things in history are circular and come and go throughout time. The majority of what I do with this column is to try to show that current events have happened before and that nothing is new. Knowing this can help us make better decisions in…

Today's Bible verse

“The one who keeps His commandments remains in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He remains in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.”

1 John 3:24

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