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Especially now while we are struggling with the virus, nonprofit organizations provide an immeasurable amount of help to those in need. This is the first of a series highlighting the largest of the area’s nonprofits and what they have been doing recently, albeit quietly and without fanfare.

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In his first week as the Founding Dean of the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston, former State Sen. Kirk Watson co-published a report for public institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In over 25 years of practicing federal criminal law, I have handled many cases involving government motions to dismiss including several made after entry of a guilty plea. A federal prosecutor’s motion to dismiss in the interest of justice is routinely granted in federal court.  But when a c…

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Jack McKinney’s column (“A Mountaingate out of a molehill,” May 26, 2020) grabbed my attention so I read it, and then read it again. It follows a familiar theme: Barrack Obama Good; Donald Trump Bad. Let me summarize it for you:

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The last several weeks have been hard, the last week perhaps the hardest. Feeling more confined than confident, Americans nonetheless itched to get out, on bike trails, amid neighborhood streets, in stores, at picnic groves, by the shore or lakeside. And it was at those venues — trails, stre…

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A couple years ago, I found it difficult to find words to share with you. Words have always been my solace in life. When I was a skinny, nerdy kid, the one who had trouble making friends, I had words. I could stitch them together into a blanket, I could use them to walk across vast chasms, I…

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The year was 1878 and Julius Cesar Alford Bridges was standing in a pine forest somewhere between Henderson and Carthage, Texas. 

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In his May 26 Herald-Zeitung column, Jack McKinney tried to downplay, gloss over and justify the egregious, politically motivated behavior of senior FBI and DoJ officials in their entrapment of General Michael Flynn.  Jack tried to portray President Donald Trump’s resulting outrage as “smoke…

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A majority of evangelicals are worried about “fake news,” and they also think mainstream journalists are part of the problem.

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As an inquisitive young girl growing up in the deep south, my endless questions about life were often stifled or ignored. Examples: Why can’t I drink from a “colored” water fountain? Why do men have one title, Mr., and women have two titles, Miss or Mrs.? Why does a woman change her name whe…

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The field is set at six candidates for the July 14 election for a successor to Austin Democrat Kirk Watson, in Central Texas’ 14th District seat in the Texas Senate.

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Jeff Sessions is in a surreal place. He spent 20 years as a senator from Alabama, followed by 21 months as U.S. Attorney General, and now he is in a tightly competitive race to win back his old Senate seat. 

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Under the leadership of Texas Governor Greg Abbot, the “house arrest” vault door has been cracked open. In light of our early release from quarantine “time-out,” we are now allowed to breathe in liberty and breathe out self-reliance. Most of us surrendered to the will of our government in a …

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Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, it brought some glimmer of hope for our local live music scene. 

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This was a particularly poignant Memorial Day weekend, coming shortly after the number of American coronavirus deaths exceeded the number of Americans who died in the Vietnam War. 

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I get that sibling rivalry is as old as the first two brothers in the Bible, but I’m never quite ready to accept it when it shows up in my house. I have a “thing,” as one mom told me, about conflict among family members, so I tend to shut it down pretty quickly. Maybe it’s the wrong approach…

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Donald Trump’s strategy for winning re-election will be based in a large part on his ability to hide his failings behind the perceived shortcomings of others.  

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The chamber monthly newspaper articles this year are from the perspective being a staff member. When I drew up a list of topics for the year this past January, our efforts on behalf of small businesses was reserved for the May edition. I likely chose May due to the Small Business Person Awar…

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Do you remember when Pope John Paul II went back to his native Poland, about eight months into his pontificate? The Communist officials couldn’t not let him in — he was too beloved. As Pulitzer Prize winner Peggy Noonan, author of “John Paul the Great,” has written, from the moment he eventu…

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Over the past several weeks COVID-19 has certainly influenced how we do things in our local health care community. 

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