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When I sat down at my desk at the union hall recently to read my newspaper, I was overjoyed to see a piece that piqued my interest. The tremendous news that Thomas N. Benford, a friend of mine, had recently been promoted to president and chief operations officer of Coca-Cola Beverages Florid…

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Last year, I wrote about the pandemic. Hygiene remains the best line of defense against the infection, whether COVID-19 or any other pathogen. This means regular hand washing and wearing a mask. Sadly, wearing a mask became another political fault line.

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First of all, if the entire populations of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador came here, it would be only 1 in 10, 10 percent, of us. That’s a lot, but not a devastating happening, and, in any case, isn’t likely to happen. I’m sure, just like you and I, that they really don’t want to leave …

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In this nation, we celebrate many national holidays. Some are celebrated around the world, such as Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Others are uniquely American, recognizing the path this nation has taken to overcome obstacles. On the Fourth of July, we celebrate the birth of a nation with …

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The word hate is so strong, and people use it often to display their feeling toward someone or something. Some people are actively hateful. To have hatred in your heart is an angry or resentful emotional response to certain people or ideas. Hatred is often associated with feelings of anger, …

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There’s widespread agreement that the Texas property tax system is broken and needs fixing. Property owners know something is wrong, but the complicated appraisal/tax structure leaves property owners puzzled about who to blame.

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Just as many of you received your 2021 property tax statements, you might’ve thought there was a mistake. Personally, I thought Jean Lafitte’s treasure was finally discovered at one of my properties and nobody had told me. Or maybe they just made a mistake, a typo, you know, an intern hit th…

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A 5-year-old boy got caught in a rip current on the east side of 29th Street last Saturday and was pulled out to the end of the groin. There was no lifeguard on duty to stop him before he got into trouble and move him farther from the rocks and closer to shore. He began to struggle and start…