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17
Nov
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Who Ya’ Gonna Believe?...

By Dr. Don Newbury

My Uncle Mort—described by his neighbors in the thicket as being “a couple of coats short of a paint job”—seems to be snagged on the horns of a dilemma. Or, maybe he’s suffering from delayed effects of dueling air horns blasting “back in the day” at Kyle Field.

“It wasn’t long ago that we didn’t have to fake excitement for the Texas Aggies’ football team. This was true during decades of competition with several other schools in the old Southwest Conference.

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Fri
17
Nov
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Lessons From Tragedy

from The Jacksonville Daily News

Devin Kelley was a grenade with the pin already pulled, an explosive charge looking for a place to detonate. The Air Force knew it and so did other officials. All the signs were there, going back to his teen years: animal cruelty, mental health problems, threats against family members, beatings of his then-wife and stepson that were so severe that he was court martialed and imprisoned for a year.

And yet, the troubled man who killed 26 people in a Texas church was able to buy the semiautomatic rifle that he used to fire round after round into the congregation at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. How could that happen?

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Wed
15
Nov
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Congress Needs to Investigate Air Force Over Toxic Foam

from The Colorado Springs Gazette Contamination of water by toxic firefighting foam is more than a public relations dilemma for the Air Force. It is a daily, never-ending health concern for people who fear they have consumed dangerous water for decades.

Congress needs to get involved by holding a special hearing to investigate the health crisis and determine how to avoid similar problems.

As explained in stories by Gazette senior military reporter Tom Roeder, the Air Force used the foam in training at Peterson since the 1970s. It also used the foam at installations throughout the country, causing widespread concerns of public health ramifications.

 

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Wed
15
Nov
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Hurricane Harvey debris removal funding approved

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and leaders of the Texas Legislature on Nov. 9 announced the approval of $90 million in emergency state funding to help Hurricane Harvey disaster-declared counties pay for the removal of debris.

Cities and counties in impacted areas are responsible for 10 percent of costs associated with debris removal. The funding, to be administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, is intended to help alleviate that burden as the rebuilding process continues, the Governor’s Office said.

“Today’s action is just one more step in a long process to help our cities and counties recover and I want to thank all the members of both the Texas House and Senate for their effort to secure this much-needed funding,” Abbott said.

 

Sat
11
Nov
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Champions on Parade…

By Dr. Don Newbury 

Others may choose to “paint the town red,” but not Houston. There, they lean heavily toward another hue. In the bayou city, orange paint is in high demand.

Since their Astros won the World Series, some humans— as well as a few animals— sport dyed orange hair. And, the city’s nighttime glow seems Sunkist.

We were in H-Town on parade day, when the Astros waved from firetrucks to an estimated half-million fans jamming the streets to honor their heroes’ first-ever world championship. We viewed it on our hotel TV, noting “all things orange” as a common theme.

 

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Sat
11
Nov
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U.S. Should Do More to Reduce Opioid Deaths

From The Jacksonville Daily News

At the end of the 20th century, Americans were worried about the dangers posed by crack cocaine. They didn't realize that another drug menace would soon eclipse it.

Prescription opioids were gaining favor as a tool against undertreated pain. No one foresaw where this would lead: to an epidemic of opioid overdoses that the nation is only starting to confront with the urgency it warrants.

Last year, some 64,000 people died of drug overdoses, most of them involving some type of opioid. That's more than the total number of Americans killed during the Vietnam War. President Donald Trump recently acknowledged the epidemic by declaring a public health emergency. That step, if anything, understates the severity of this plague.

 

Wed
08
Nov
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Proclamation honors World Series winning Houston Astros

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott proclaimed Nov. 3 as Houston Astros Day, honoring the American League champions for winning the 2017 Major League Baseball World Series.

The Astros won their fourth game in the best-ofseven Series against the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers on Nov. 1. It’s the first World Series championship for the Houston Astros in the 55-year history of the franchise and the first for a Texas team. Players wore “Houston Strong” patches on their uniforms in honor of those affected by Hurricane Harvey’s widespread devastation. More than one million fans lined the streets of downtown Houston Nov. 3 to see the players hoist the championship trophy during a victory parade.

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Wed
08
Nov
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Simpler Tax Simplification

by John Stossel

As you read this, President Trump's tax plan is being debated. Congress will change it. Where this ends, no one knows.

I want two things:

1. Simplification.

2. More money in private hands.

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Sat
04
Nov
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The Way We Were…

By Dr. Don Newbury

At a time not so long ago—when smiling was a frequent response to something said or done— we were more relaxed, feeling that much was right with the world. Sadly, smiles have pretty much abandoned faces around our shrinking world.

Today, if Abbott and Costello somehow reappeared on earth with their best verbal exchanges about “who’s on first,” there’d be quick searches for strait jackets instead of readings on laugh meters.

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Sat
04
Nov
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To Be a Great President, You Have to Like Politics

by Mark Shields

On the consensus list of the most significant American presidents following George Washington, there is a common trait. Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson and Harry Truman -- each of these great leaders was first a very good politician who actually enjoyed politics.

Lincoln, who served four terms in the Illinois Legislature, where he helped to move the state's capital from Vandalia to Springfield, conveyed to people that he understood their struggles and he stood squarely on their side, in contrast with Woodrow Wilson, who professed his love for mankind in the abstract but preferred to avoid the company of ordinary human beings, who frequently sweat and burp.

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