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Our 16-year-old, Mireya, is almost never bored. She has a tendency to dive into hobbies with a level of intensity shared by Green Berets, Star Wars fans and competitive ballroom dancers. She’ll research a hobby, read everything she can get her hands on, then tackle a huge project as if it we…

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“God be good to him — we sure weren’t,” was the prayer that came to mind when I saw the news that Vincent Lambert had died. He died nine days after being taken off food and water following a long legal battle. 

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It is difficult to approach the subject of race in a public forum — especially when you’ve got a limited amount of space to work with both in your brain and on the page. To get started two things need to happen. 

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Americans wrestling with religious conflicts in the workplace need to start by doing some math.

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Recently I purged a tiny section of my closet. It’s just a half dozen pairs of shoes, but already it feels like I’ve cracked open a whole new world. A world where I let go of things. As in really let go. Where I no longer imagine that the broken can be fixed, the stains removed, the soulless…

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Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece, “The Importance of Being Ernest,” made a satire of Victorian-era societal norms. The two male lead characters — straining under 19th century social rules — took solace in leading double lives which, in turn, led to more violations of those same rules. Ultimately, f…

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I believe that we should have a Democratic presidential debate every week. The more liberal “ideas” we see, the better. A group of candidates who covet the honor and privilege of leading our country are promising anything to get votes. How can we expect them to be responsible to ALL American…

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 It seems to be a natural human tendency to scapegoat others — their ideas, appearance, beliefs, their otherness — in order to make one feel less threatened by differences. History is riddled with individuals, entire peoples and their beliefs who became victims of those in power, to be blame…

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Rugby fans in Australia were getting used to superstar Israel Folau talking about his evangelical faith.

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The toxicity of the resistance to President Trump has risen in recent days, with the nation’s most respected newspapers publishing rationalizations for denying Trump supporters public accommodation and for doxxing career federal employees, while a journalist found himself under physical atta…

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If you’ve wondered whether former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus is done with politics, the answer is no.

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Happy Birthday America! What a great way to start the day. I hope to see all of you at our parade today in downtown.

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I was talking to a friend the other day about change. She was in a situation which had gotten fairly challenging and she had asked the universe for something to change. And since she clearly has a direct line to some pretty powerful folks, Change, with a capital C, arrived in a ginormous way.

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MONTREAL — Now we approach an important week in the culture of North America. 

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There are two news stories in the last week or so that should alarm and rally us. 

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Every pundit in the game has rushed out their version of the “takeaway” from last week’s debates so I might as well hop on the bandwagon. 

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It has often been said that being a mother is discovering strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you never knew existed. 

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American Catholics may not know all the latest statistics, but they’ve been talking about the altar-level realities for decades.

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It used to be the case that no Democrat could be elected president without carrying Texas.

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While finishing her book “On Reading Well,” Karen Swallow Prior wrote a reflection on patience, suffering and the virtues of one of literature’s less celebrated heroines: Anne Elliot of Jane Austen’s final novel, “Persuasion.”

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There are several car commercials on TV that show people dancing in the front seat of their cars. That’s a good reason to buy a brand-new $33,000 car: so you can get a $500 sound system. Good deal, huh? 

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It happened Jan. 3 and 24, 2004. After parachuting, then bouncing around like a ball, two six-wheeled geology labs on solar panels began their “sojourns” (pun intended) on Mars. Spirit landed in Gusev Crater on Jan. 4, while Opportunity landed more than 5,000 miles away in Meridiani Planum (…

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I would like to shine the light on a cultural notion that I find disturbing. I am not selectively disparaging our laws. I merely offer an alternate view for you to contemplate. As with most things in life, being offended is a choice. So, if this piece offends you that is your prerogative, no…

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Why haven’t efforts to impeach President Trump gained Watergate-style momentum? The lack of energy has created a sense of bafflement and disappointment among some of the president’s most determined adversaries. But there are some simple reasons for it. Here are three:

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So: where does the Texas Legislature go from here, after closing out a session that was pretty widely considered a bipartisan success?

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As the day was breaking and the town was waking, I got to experience a morning on our beautiful Plaza downtown.

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Peggy and Chili Ornelas are a unique couple, both retired and working together to help bring about social justice by regularly assisting asylum-seekers who pass through the San Antonio bus station and airport. 

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This month, President Donald J. Trump — the great innovator, the great instigator, above all the great disrupter — conjured up a new tool of tumult: Take one highly incendiary issue and employ it as a battering ram to win concessions on an even more contentious matter.

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We all have our irrational fears but then there are the rational/irrational fears. They are sort of a combo, where part of the fear is rational, but our reactions are irrational. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Integrity. Encouragement. Confidence. Accountability. These are some of the words I’ve been hearing from millennials involved in a relatively new effort called GIVEN. It’s a leadership network for Catholic women, with the goal of helping them “Discover the gift that only y…

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It happened again this morning. There, in my inbox, Beto O’Rourke had sent his latest plea for funds and recognition.  It happens every week like clockwork.  I have only myself to blame for this, I think, but isn’t it possible that Beto himself is guilty as well?  I plan to put some more tho…

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Elizabeth Scalia woke up furious, thinking about scandals in the Church of Rome, Pentecost and a famous courtroom rant in the movie “... And Justice for All.”

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On June 7 I read a short piece titled ‘Newspaper Hypocrites’ citing the hypocrisy of the “dinosaur print industry” including the Herald-Zeitung. It charged that “The newspaper industry cuts down and processes 55,000 trees every day, 365 days a year.” 

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Did you know that magazines are not compostable, but corrugated cardboard and newspaper are? Wood pulp products that are processed with no colorful inks can be safely and easily added to your compost bin. Just tear them into small pieces and water well; they’ll degrade quickly and turn into …

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Dallas state Rep. Eric Johnson won’t be coming back to the House of Representatives, but will get a better-paying new job.

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You probably missed it, because some of the major papers missed its significance, too: the death of former U.S. Rep. Don Fraser. In fact, you may never have heard of Fraser, who also served a record four terms as mayor of Minneapolis. But he shaped the politics of the last half-century of Am…

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Terriers and Chihuahuas see the world very differently. Even though our two small dogs look somewhat related, sort of a “brother from another mother” kind of resemblance, their perspectives couldn’t be more opposite.

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Maybe it’s just a coincidence but two things happened to me today. I traded a bass guitar for a Stratocaster and I found out that my teenage dreams of being a rock star one day were based on at least one false idol.  Immediately, I turned to my favorite medium for resolving my ever more freq…

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On our way to play golf today, Charlie and I couldn’t think of the name of the movie star who had come up in our conversation. We could remember all the movies he was in, all his co-stars, all kinds of odd trivia about his life and times -- everything but his name. That’s all right; sometime…

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It was the rare Billy Graham Evangelistic Association event in which Graham was in the audience —  incognito in a hat and dark glasses —  and his brother-in-law Leighton Ford was in the pulpit.

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One of the more unfortunate effects of the Trump-Russia investigation — and there have been many — is the weakening of traditional standards of argument and proof in the public debate over allegations that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to fix the 2016 election. (Just for the recor…

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I’ve researched the Swiss Healthcare System. In general terms, it’s similar to what we have now, except:

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Dennis Bonnen’s first legislative session as speaker was lauded by many legislators, on both sides of the political aisle, as a success.

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When Randy Rogers released his new album, Hellbent, he already had a string of hit albums under his belt. He could have just thrown together some songs and put out anything and his fans would have snatched it. However, that’s not how Randy rolls. Anything with his name on it will be the best…

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I am responding to a letter praising abortion “rights,” that was published Sunday, in the Herald-Zeitung.  

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Summertime means cold, delicious popsicles. But not only are store-bought popsicles packaged in disposable boxes and wrappers with wooden sticks, they are also energy hogs, since they need to be frozen from the time they are produced and leave the factory to their time in the supermarket. Th…

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NEWPORT CENTER, Vermont — There’s an important political lesson here in the soft green hills of this state.