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Earlier this week, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. asked Congress to raise taxes and increase borrowing so his administration can spend $2.3 trillion – on top of the $1.9 trillion Congress authorized two months ago for so-called COVID relief – for thousands of projects he calls “infrastructure…

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Reviewing some old notes from my journal I ran across some mention of Pirates raiding ships off the coast of Africa. What happened to those guys? Remember Somalia, a lawless nation they said; they operated with no government for years. So early on during that time thieves stole everything th…

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My friend “Thumbs” and I were visiting recently and somehow the subject of horses came up. He told me this story which I found too bizarre not to pass on to the enlightened readers of this illustrious column. It seems that my old pal had always wanted a Paint horse, ever since he saw Tonto r…

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“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” 

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My wife and I have been Leon Hale fans ever since we used to read his much loved column in the Houston Post.  Mr. Hale, whom I never met in person, wrote his newspaper column in the Texas “major leagues,” and some of us in the “minor leagues” who greatly admired him, saw him as a model, not …

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The most viewed conservative commentator on YouTube is Steven Crowder with his channel, Louder with Crowder.

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Which is better -- to be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away, or three thousand tyrants one mile away?” 

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Any similarity in this story to your local radio station is purely intentional. They’re all alike and we love’em. In order to avoid any particular call letters, although this one probably exists somewhere in the world let’s say it is radio station WHUT. 

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Recently, Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) and I introduced a bill to help rein in Washington’s uncontrolled spending. With the federal government already $28 trillion in debt and spending out of control, the Federal Agency Sunset Commission Act offers a commonsense solution to monitor the effectiv…

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I was surprised to read (in The Los Angeles Times) that the Biden administration’s “role model for America” is... California! He wants to “Make America California.”

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Back in the old days in the small rural Texas town where I grew up, appropriately named “Dime Box,” you could buy “hot guts” and a slice of bread at one of the beer joints. You could also buy a couple slices of salami, bologna, or summer sausage at Millie’s Grocery Store and eat them on the …

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The latest report on child maltreatment fatalities and near fatalities, compiled by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, indicates 251 children in Texas died in fiscal year 2020 due to abuse and neglect. That figure includes 28 children who died after being left unattended…

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I saw this young weight-lifter-type-muscle-bound fellow walking down the street with a beautiful, buxom blond caressing his left bicep. As they came closer I noticed he was wearing a tight fitting T shirt that read, “Don’t mess with Texas” on it. She was wearing an equally stretched-to-the-l…

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As a retired pastor, I miss being an active part of Holy Week and Easter Sunday.  Tonight is Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday, a very important worship time for many Christians, including Lutherans.  The next day is Good Friday, with many churches holding Tenebrae services, as candles are e…

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The success of our agriculture industry is a matter of national security. We have seen the importance of a reliable, local food source when supply chains were recently disrupted by the pandemic and the winter storm.

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What if liberty and democracy are opposites? What if the principle underlying liberty is to restrain the government to maximize individual autonomy? What if the principle underlying democracy is to unleash the government to give the people whatever they want?

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About 30 years ago I was sitting in a hotel bar with some of my cowboy musician friends. I ordered a drink prescribed by my good friend, Dr. Jose Cuervo. I felt creatively inspired.

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Not everybody agrees with what makes up good writing.  Years ago, when I taught English, the motto I shared with students was, “Don’t say in twelve words what you can say in six.”  Ernest Hemingway’s novels and short stories were my models of “terseness.”  That is, in spite of the fact his t…

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Before dawn, dozens of union activists invaded a strawberry farm, shouting through bullhorns. This frightened workers and infuriated the farm’s owner, Mike Fahner, who thought that in America, owning property means you have a right to control access to that property -- your home is your cast…

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When Attorney General Merrick Garland was asked at his confirmation hearings earlier this month what his priorities would be if confirmed, he responded immediately that it would be a vigorous pursuit of domestic terrorism. He did not say he would lead vigorous prosecutions, just vigorous pursuits.

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Arthur D’Andrea, the chair and sole remaining member of the Public Utility Commission, resigned late last week at the request of Gov. Gregg Abbott. D’Andrea pledged to remain on the PUC until Abbott names a replacement. In the announcement Abbott said in part, “Texans deserve to have trust a…

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Gun control organizations have encouraged the Biden Administration to administratively restrict the constitutional right to keep and bear arms by declaring gun violence a public health emergency. Already, the Biden Administration has exercised extraordinary executive power to push its libera…

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Springtime triggers memories of my parents who were excellent gardeners.  If they were still alive, they would not like my referring to them as “excellent gardeners”; they would think calling them “gardeners” was too “highfalutin,” a word they frequently used. It was a word they used with di…

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Observing my oldest daughter and her colleagues who teach 5th grade, I have come to re-appreciate what dedicated teachers do for our kids the first five or six years of their school life, when the first seeds of knowledge are planted.  Seeing the positive influence they have on our children …

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The vaccine rollout crawls forward. Most of us will spend weeks, or months, waiting.

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With state lawmakers immersed in the COVID-19 pandemic response and Texas’ electricity failures, the public’s access to information must be at the forefront of the Legislature’s actions. Information allows citizens to watch over their government, to speak out and to ask questions.

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An interesting character I know is Gene Perret; he was the head writer for Bob Hope, Carol Burnett, Tim Conway, Phyllis Diller and as they say in Vaudeville, Minny Others. He’s still in Hollywood and still writing. I invited him to address our Rotary Club in Wharton once, because he had a ta…

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After listening to Dr. Anthony Fauci suggest last weekend that we should expect to be wearing two masks on our faces everywhere we go until the end of 2022, I began thinking again about first principles.

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As Texans across the state continue to deal with the damage from the mid-February winter storm, so does the political fallout in Austin.

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“Walter Hudgins (42) oversaw J D Hudgins ranch partnership as his father, J D Hudgins (72), was in poor health. With most of their assets now dead, his next decisions would test his leadership. All his cowhands were Negroes and their futures also dependent on Walter.

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Today’s environmental activists are so hostile to capitalism that they end up killing animals they want to protect.

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When I first began writing my column some thirty years ago for the old East Bernard Tribune (now, Express), I decided to call it “Images,” for several reasons. Ideas came to me in the form of visual images flickering through my mind. Not being very aural, I would “see” rather than “hear,” bu…

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Some years ago the University of Texas played a basketball game at home. It was a sold out game and the waiting list for tickets was greater than a free Saturday night at Hooters. A young lady in the UT promotional office had two tickets for a special feature sponsored by Jet Blue. She was p…

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Warmer temperatures over the weekend and continuing this week melted most of the snow from the state’s roadways and roofs. But Texans are still dealing with broken pipes that flooded homes and businesses, damaged municipal water systems, and continued power outages in scattered areas, mainly…

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The Constitution is the supreme law of the land, thus, all government behavior must conform to it. It is, of course, notwithstanding its supremacy, an imperfect document. Its original iteration in 1789 -- and even after the addition of the Bill of Rights in 1791 -- implicitly recognized slav…

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As the cold weather moves into Wharton County this week, and it’s forecast to be below freezing next week, we are reminded how simple responsibilities for us become tasks during winter weather. Cars and pets for example.

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Last week, I reported on two myths about socialism. My new video covers three more.