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The Bellamy Brothers, Howard and David, are musical super stars known for the song, “If I said you had a beautiful body would you hold it against me,”  “Let Your Love Flow,” and hundreds of others. We worked a show together once and we got acquainted. These guys are known as the Reggae Cowbo…

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During the darkest days of the American Revolution, Thomas Paine, the British-born-turned-American political philosopher, wrote of his adopted country, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” He was referring to the hard choices that were facing the colonists.

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Many Americans know that the late Republican senator from Arizona was a war hero, a Navy aircraft carrier pilot, who spent more than five years as a prisoner of war in a Hanoi prison. 

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Some common aphorisms annoy me, the most bothersome one being, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  My annoyance is mainly due to the fact the axiom implies that lemons are not the best thing to receive in life, because they symbolize sourness or difficulties in life.  Having been a l…

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Ron Sanders, Executive Director of Wharton Chamber of Commerce, and I met with local businesses in Wharton last week. We began our day at Wharton Feed and talked with Richard Lockley who purchased the store after almost 20 years of working there as an employee himself. We discussed the ways …

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I was sitting in with some musicians recently when one of them said, “Let’s play a waltz,” and then proceeded to give a count of 1,2,3,4. He was immediately stopped by the others who slapped their legs and said things like, “You don’t give a count of 1,2,3,4 for a waltz.” He says, “OK, 1, 2,…

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What if we all start a return to normal life now that the government says the worst of the pandemic is behind us? What if we all make conscious choices to move about as before or to stay sheltered, based on our own exercise of our own informed free wills and not on the basis of governmental …

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Most, if not all, general stores in the 1920s and 1930s made many of the things they sold, such as cornmeal, vinegar, pickled boiled eggs, etc. Before she married my father, my mother worked at such a store on Saturdays (plowed and picked cotton the rest of the week on her parents’ farm). Sh…

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Laughter is the best medicine, even according to some people smarter than me, which includes nearly everybody…according to…nearly everybody. 

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg served on the Supreme Court for 27 years until her death late last week. Her tenacious advocacy for the rights of those she perceived as legally disadvantaged, combined with her outsized intellect, moved the vector of the court’s direction as few justices have in …

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For “Decades Dress-up Day” recently, my school-teacher daughter wore her East Bernard High School Flag Corps outfit from the early 1990’s, and carried a flag to school.  Her students got quite a kick out of seeing her dressed like this, and she was photographed with current members of the EB…

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It has been some time now since One Viewpoint appeared on the Opinion page of your Journal-Spectator. We find there should be more emphasis placed on Letter to the Editor, Ray Spitzenberger, and Rep. Michael Cloud opinion pieces, and submitted cartoons so we give them the space they deserve …

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A federal court in Pennsylvania this week has become the first in the nation to rule that the lockdown, social distancing and essential workplace regulations imposed by Gov. Tom Wolf are unconstitutional.

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We are well into the dog-eat-dog days of politics, that exciting time every four years when we are filled with hope for the future, desperately longing for an end to hostilities, a boom in the economy, free gasoline and electricity, the borders sealed off with a non offensive yet impervious …

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Gov. Greg Abbott and other top Texas Republicans have taken aim at Democrat-run cities for even considering cutting budgets for local police. 

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No doubt all writers are at least a tad obsessed with certain topics they find themselves writing about again and again.  That’s certainly been true of me in my thirty-some years writing a newspaper column.  The obsession is so great in some cases, -- say, for example, stories about fishing …

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We recently had two hurricanes, Marco and Laura, which roared into the Gulf of Mexico at about the same time and about the same place, namely Lake Charles, Louisiana. Two storms of this magnitude, at once, were unprecedented in recorded history, which in Louisiana might not have been that lo…

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I was appalled at the allegations against President Donald Trump leveled in a recent article in The Atlantic. The article claimed that the president referred to American soldiers killed in World War I and buried in France as “losers” and “suckers.” It also offered that the president is disda…

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Gov. Greg Abbott and other top leaders are talking about trimming the state’s budget, including in health care and education.

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After teaching school for thirty years, I noticed an interesting pattern among the students I taught, -- the sons of medical doctors quite often also became medical doctors, often pursuing the same kind of specializing as Dad, such as oncology. Added to this observation was the fact that man…

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When we are blessed to live in a nation like ours, it can be natural to take for granted the privilege of living in peace – until a day like September 11.

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You might be a redneck if your “doghouse” means under the front porch and you put skirts around the house to hide the wheels but here’s a story that rivals the whole idea:

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Trees are almost as old as dirt in the construction industry, but they’re new to Texas in the form of the state’s first mass timber office building.

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All states have laws that prohibit assault and destruction of others’ property. States and the federal government also have laws that prohibit bystanders from encouraging others to engage in violence. The latter is known as incitement.

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Although I have written the majority of the many articles, poems, columns, and even a book, about Lee County, Texas, where I grew up, I have actually lived in Wharton County much longer than in the County of my younger years.  Having taught at Wharton County Junior College for 22 of the 54 y…

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Texas Democrats are continuing to legally pursue allowing mail-in voting for most Texans under 65, who are currently precluded from doing so.

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The Pandammitt, especially during an election year, brings out hidden sides of our personalities. My favorite side is where humor is involved. I heard an intellectual minded man recently remark that the universe is made up of protons, neutrons and electrons. His buddy says, “Yeah, well what …

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Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

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Barack and Michelle Obama have kept quiet since leaving the White House in 2017. 

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Festivals have been celebrated throughout the world as far back as history records.  Festivals, Fests, Fiestas, Fairs, Picnics!  Whatever you call them, there seems to be a strong need for them within the hearts of all human beings.  “All work and no play make Jack, Jacques, Jake, Jaakko, Dz…

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Super heroes are all the rage nowadays, some of them held over from long ago. Take Batman for instance. Long before Christian Bale was selected to play the lead role in Batman there were others playing the role on and off Broadway. One acquaintance of mine in Tennessee was one of those who l…

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Do we really have to worry about the U.S. Postal Service? That’s the latest faux controversy to dominate our political debate. It’s a sign of our times that even the mail system isn’t without controversy. As usual, there’s plenty of blame to go around on how we got into this mess. 

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Wharton County, like much of the Houston area, experienced a “Cool Front” on Monday, and while it was definitely not a “Cold Front,” it did cool things down a bit (90 high instead of 97).  The night before, when the weatherman was forecasting a “Cool Front,” he made it very clear that we did…