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It’s hard to believe 45 years have passed since I attended my first (and only) world’s fair in Spokane, Washington. I was then almost 11 years old. It was somewhat ironic: I attended a world’s fair even before I attended a state fair, county fair, or even community fair.

On the Aug. 31 Forum page, Sophie Phillips , CEO of TexProtects, the Texas chapter for Prevent Child Abuse America, stresses the need to address serious issues in childhood that will show up as violence-related in later childhood. “Prevention is within our means to address, and childhood is …

My family is currently experiencing an outbreak of a condition most parents dread. No, I don’t mean the 24-hour stomach bug — although it sometimes lasts about as long and has similarly repulsive symptoms. Instead, my two older daughters have come down with a serious case of the boyfriends.

Labor Day has become so engrained in American consciousness as an end-of-summer holiday that we have forgotten its original purpose of honoring workers. Few people appreciate that Labor Day originated from bitter strife between industrial companies and their employees, who had to work long h…

Anyone who has studied notable Texans of the past is aware that early Texans traveled. In the early years, it was often done on foot or horseback. Thank heavens Longview and environs now are blessed with good, modern transportation.

To visitors from all over the world, the city of San Antonio is a salsa-infused melting pot of Texas history, art and culture. To the delight of my three daughters, however, it is so much more.

At some point, I figured, even Trump supporters would get tired of all the lies and exaggerations uttered by their fearless leader. But I was wrong. There’s no shame in the White House or in the 35% of the American population who support him regardless of the issue.

In response to the News-Journal editorial published Wednesday, I wanted to outline the many steps that the City of Longview and the Longview Fire Department have taken as partners to improve the status (and lower the unfunded liability) of the Fire Pension Fund. It is not accurate to say tha…

When was the last time you sang the song below in church? Did you really think about the words, or was it just a beautiful song to you? We sang it in our church this past Sunday. I believe the words should be sung, believed, and practiced by everyone. It was written by Peter Scholtes.

Harsh poverty plagues our country despite its great wealth. More than 33 million Americans are poor, by any reasonable standard. Another 20 million to 30 million are needy. Poverty is increasing in the United States, not decreasing.

Carnage and horror disrupted the lives of Americans on the first weekend of August as lone gunmen committed senseless acts of mass murder. Sadly, we’ve been through this many times before; the mass shooting haunts the postmodern psyche.

Jim Ross Lightfoot recently wrote on this page (July 20) that disrespecting the American flag is “an affront to everyone who held up their right hand and took an oath to protect this country from all enemies domestic and foreign.” Interesting.

About 50 years ago, the first human stepped onto the surface of the moon. President John F. Kennedy set the goal of a moon landing in 1961, and eight years later on July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 crew successfully performed lunar landing and return to Earth.

At Manchester Place Care Homes and Cambridge Caregivers, two senior care businesses that I co-own and operate in Dallas, we are aggressively hiring new employees. Business is up 75% year-over-year, which is fantastic, but our growth has created a big problem: There just aren’t enough job see…

When I was dating my wife (and still pretending to be charming), I once suggested we grab an old blanket, purchase a generous supply of processed lunch meat and go on a picnic. In my romantic desperation, I had apparently forgotten that we live in East Texas, where being outside anytime betw…

Earlier this month, we as a nation celebrated our 243rd birthday, the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Perhaps you celebrated with fireworks or a day out with your family. As many of you did, I sang with others our national anthem and the words about our flag flying “o’er the land…

A few days ago I posted a photo on Facebook of our women’s soccer team standing for the national anthem, except for the captain of the team, purple-haired Megan Rapinoe. The rest of the team was showing respect by standing with their hands over their hearts, the way most of us learned in school.

For well over a century, the vast reserves of oil and natural gas in Texas have contributed to business activity and job creation. We recently took a close look at the impact of the sector on business activity across the state and found it directly or indirectly supports about one of every s…

America’s voters are about six months away from casting their first ballots in the 2020 primary elections. While Democratic presidential candidates are jockeying for money and media exposure, the national party is working steadily to create the strategy and organization to defeat Donald Trum…

The last time my family made the five-hour road trip to Galveston Island (a.k.a. The Playground of the South), we didn’t get much playtime. Instead, we spent two solid days in the cavernous Moody Gardens Convention Center waiting for the few precious minutes my eldest and most expensive daug…

We as a nation have just celebrated Independence Day — with patriotic songs, parties, booze, food and fireworks. We had a great time, but did we stop to think what the words liberty and freedom mean and how they apply to us today?

In the past 12 months, despite an executive order to end the policy allowing the separation of migrant children from their parents and a judicial order to reunify those families, our government has continued to separate and traumatize children.

I am not an Alzheimer’s caregiver anymore, but that was my life and identity for seven years until a little over a year ago. Caregivers fight a daily battle for the sake of their loved ones to give them the best quality of life possible.

I sat on the morning of June 6 with varied thoughts. First of all, I remember D-Day. I was a girl of almost 7. My dad was overseas in the Pacific but I was understanding the importance of D-Day. I felt it meant my dad would be home soon (he didn’t get home until November 1945).

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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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.

There seems to be so much hate in our society now. Even Christians, who are supposed to show God’s love, shout at those with whom they disagree if those people aren’t acting or believing the way we think they should; i.e. the way we interpret the Bible to judge their behavior.

Last year, Donald Trump was shamed into ending the policy of separating children from their parents when they crossed the U.S. border seeking asylum. Time magazine immortalized the crisis on its cover with an illustration of a hulking Trump looming over a small child crying for his mommy.

Advancements in my father’s teaching career required moving often and from one small town to the next. My birth, at home with a midwife lending a hand, took place in one of these hamlets. Less than two years later, my father’s promotion to schoolmaster arrived along with dispatch orders to m…

It’s the autumn of 1995 in a sleepy East Texas town. The principal of the local preschool stops by the store for groceries, when she notices a young child playing outside by the gas pumps. She rushes to the child’s father, who is working the cash register, and explains to him the importance …

Today's Bible verse

“For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!”

Ezekiel 18:32

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