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As we welcome the new year, presidential campaigns across the country are gearing up for a whirlwind few weeks in advance of the first few primary elections. Within the next few weeks, the 12 remaining presidential candidates seeking the Democratic Party nomination will be whittled down sign…

I’ve been on an other nostalgia trip. Ron and I were in Fort Worth and drove to Polytechnic — Poly — where I spent my childhood.

Now that the beautifully wrapped gifts have been ravaged, the luscious desserts have been inhaled and Santa has packed his peppermint-striped Speedo for a vacation to Jamaica’s Hedonism resort, many holiday revelers find themselves experiencing the after-Christmas blues.

This year 2020 marks 175 years since a bill was passed in Congress and signed into law by then-President John Tyler in 1845, admitting Texas to the Union. Thus, Texas became the Lone Star State, and the 28th admitted to the United States of America.

Every new year brings an opportunity to reflect on the year gone by and make plans for the year ahead. The news media and social media are full of stories reflecting on the highs and lows of the past year in world events, sports, politics and business. On a personal level, it’s a time many individuals make new year’s resolutions. Let me encourage you to include some reflection and resolutions with regard to your philanthropy. Here are some ideas you may find useful to guide your review and planning process.

Symbols, wrote Samuel T. Coleridge, exhibit “the translucence of the eternal through and in the temporal.” Symbolism is a powerful medium which has been utilized, for purposes both good and ill, throughout the centuries of human history.

For well more than four decades, I’ve heard the phrase 20/20 used in many contexts. Most notably, when I got my first pair of eyeglasses in 1972 the eye doctor told me that with my first pair of corrective lenses my eyes were “now 20/20.” Being young, I just knew that meant “good.” Only a fe…

Have you ever received one of those Christmas cards containing an ominously folded piece of typing paper? You know, the one where you reluctantly open it and are suddenly afflicted with an insufferable multi-paragraph essay detailing the past year’s activities of a distant relative or forgettable acquaintance.

It’s now official. President Donald Trump will face an impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The House of Representatives voted two articles of impeachment on Wednesday, but the question of when the trial will be conducted is now in doubt.

Christmas is not always merry, happy and bright, a time for giving and sharing; sometimes it is a season of sadness, depression, greed and don’t forget guilt. Christmas is a mixture of emotions just as it is a blend of Christian traditions and a pagan celebration of the winter’s solstice.

Texas is growing fast — you can feel it when you drive our highways. There are more than 1,000 new Texans every day and those coming from other states and other countries don’t bring any roads with them. Texas must quickly build more roadway capacity to keep pace with this growth.

One of the topics I try to avoid in class is abortion. There is a good reason for this avoidance. It is one of the subjects that inspires such passion it is nearly impossible for any real civil discourse.

New rules restricting access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, are going to cause hundreds of thousands of Americans to lose benefits. Even beyond the obvious physical and mental costs of food insecurity and the incalculable toll on the stability and dignity of…

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.

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.

While most Americans are dealing with their daily routines, the political class in Washington is absorbed with the impeachment proceedings in the Democratically controlled House of Representatives. To date no “silver bullet” has been produced to kill Donald Trump’s presidency. But the procee…

The past few days I’ve not gotten much done around the house. My husband fixes his own breakfast. I eat cold cereal. Lunch is what we can fix in a hurry, which is usually heating up leftovers from the night before. I’ve been glued to the TV, watching the impeachment hearings.

Two years into the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, economists and government policymakers are coming to a predictable conclusion. The law is not only exploding the national debt, it also has cost homeowners a trillion, yes with a T, dollars in home equity values.

Nov. 9 marked the 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s collapse. Its ruin would pave the way for the end of the Cold War and mark the abject failure of communism.

When I served as chairman of the Texas House Energy Resources Committee, we heard hundreds of hours of testimony on the need to increase our ability to safely and effectively move oil and gas from the Permian Basin, Eagle Ford and Barnett to our Gulf ports for export.

Mom worked at both the T&P and Terminal Cafés when I was a kid in the 1950s and 1960s. Her brother, Uncle Vernon, was a driller in the oilfields. As a soldier, he experienced the horrors of war on Saipan and Okinawa.

Now that America is deep into the bowels of football season, I’m experiencing my yearly gastrointestinal angst about my Texas A&M Aggies. I call them “my” Texas A&M Aggies because I spent an untold amount of my parents’ cash in College Station on textbooks, apartment rent and DoubleD…

It’s been 18 months since I lost my husband Byron to early onset Alzheimer’s disease. I will never forget what he went through as well as what our family went through during the seven years of his illness. It changes you, and you can’t look away anymore. You want to do something.

As Donald Trump circles the wagons around his administration to ward off impeachment proceedings in the U.S. House of Representatives, more information is coming to light about how Trump is earning a new title in Washington — King of the Grifters.

This morning I was reading a column by Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times (Opinion, Oct. 27). He was referring to new data on young people who do not identify as Christians: only 49 percent of millennials do. This compares with 84 percent among Americans in their mid-70s.

Fall has always been my favorite time of year, not due to the splendor of the colorful foliage, the crisp breezes heralding a new season or the savory scents of autumn that inspire us to get our pumpkin-spice freak on. Instead, what I love most about the fall is that it kicks off a series of…

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.

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.

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.

Very seldom do one man’s actions, faith, and determination shape people’s lives beyond his own locality and circle of friends. However, the Roman Emperor Constantine was an exceptional man whose legacy is still shaping our lives today.

More than 60 percent of Texas high school seniors report they have had sex. Most say they didn’t use a condom the last time they did. Those facts alone make it no surprise Texas has long had one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation. And that’s despite being the nation’s virtual post…

The 21st century splintering of America into a million little pieces is an ever-present source of despair. Is our homeland akin to Humpty Dumpty, its restoration futile despite all the efforts of the powers that be? The answer will not be forthcoming unless and until we have a firmer grip on…

Summer tends to hang around in East Texas like a lingering house guest who should have taken the hint when you started freely walking around the living room in your underwear. In fact, our hottest weather often rears its glistening, blistered head right about the time we all start to go pump…

The old saying is, “You can’t go home again.” Well, I discovered there is more truth to that than I knew.

As president and CEO of the Longview Chamber of Commerce, I have had several East Texas employers come to me with concerns regarding attracting and retaining a workforce. While our population has grown about 2% over the past decade, we haven’t kept pace with the growth seen in the urban area…

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