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Fri
18
May
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A Most Unusual Day…

IBy Dr. Don Newbury

 

The day was picture perfect— A+ in every way. It was the kind prayed for by brides planning garden weddings, and dreamed of by photographers challenged to shoot pictures for world class chamber of commerce brochures. It may have been the kind of day that inspired the psalmist David—beholding his God and His almighty power—to write the 23rd Psalm more than 3,000 years ago. For the 34 senior adults from our church who toured Dallas’ fabulous Arboretum and Botanical Garden, it was a memorable day that “the Lord had made.” We rejoiced and were glad in it…

 

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Wed
16
May
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Amazon Fights Back

by John Stossel

Seattle is worried about the well-being of the poor and mentally ill people living there, so it's going to drive businesses out of town.

OK, that's not how the politicians describe their plan, but that's probably how it will work out.

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Wed
16
May
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Paxton requests federal funding for women’s health

by Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last week asked two federal agencies to move quickly to fund the state’s Healthy Texas Women program.

The program was cut off from Medicaid funding by the Obama administration in 2012 after the Texas Legislature enacted a law preventing taxpayer money from going to abortion providers.

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Fri
11
May
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A Mountain Man Makes Good…

By Dr. Don Newbury

It would have been easy to sail through Fairplay, CO, at near maximum highway speed. The calendar said “mid- April,” but Mother Nature was fickle, alternating sunny days with the season’s final snowfalls that briefly “slicked up” the pavement. Snow was flying; the temperature was in the upper 20s. I spotted the little roadside shop, hoping my wife would continue her snooze as we drove past Moose King Chainsaw Art. I saw a lone figure, his chainsaw humming. Barely out of Fairplay, Brenda awoke, glanced back toward town and suggested our return to give Fairplay a chance. There was a U-turn in our immediate future….

 

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Fri
11
May
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Car Crashes Don’t Come with ‘Do-Overs’ for People Not Wearing Seat Belts

By David and Wendy Mills

 

In the blink of an eye, our 16-year-old daughter was gone. She had just left with her friends to go to a Halloween party. They were only a few blocks away from our house when their car veered off the road. Her three friends walked away with minor cuts and bruises, but Kailee was killed when she was thrown from the vehicle. She was the only one not wearing a seat belt.

 

Wed
09
May
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Paxton leads multi-state lawsuit challenging DACA program

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on May 1 filed a lawsuit against the federal government to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The attorneys general of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia joined Paxton in the lawsuit.

Paxton and the other attorneys general urged the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to declare DACA unlawful and to stop the federal government from issuing or renewing any DACA permits in the future.

 

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Wed
09
May
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Character Does Matter

By Mark Shields

With news that Sen. John McCain's last book, "The Restless Wave" -- the seventh he has written with his friend and former speechwriter Mark Salter -- is about to come out, I thought of the man I covered and traveled with and grew to both like and respect enormously.

On election night 1986, when he won the Arizona U.S. Senate seat long held by Barry Goldwater -- the 1964 Republican presidential nominee -- the two men met for a private visit. Sen. Goldwater, McCain recalled, got a little nostalgic: "You know, John, if I had beaten Lyndon Johnson in '64, you wouldn't have spent all those years in a North Vietnamese prison camp." McCain, referring to Goldwater's hawkish support for widening that conflict, responded: "You're right, Barry. It would have been a Chinese prison camp."

 

Fri
04
May
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'Only Time Will Tell!'

from The Jacksonville Daily News

In a stunning diplomatic development, the leaders of North and South Korea met Friday at the demilitarized zone dividing their warring countries. They smiled, shook hands on both sides of the border and sat down for an engaging chat.

Could this be the beginning of the end to the Cold War-era conflict that, on its worst days, raises the threat of nuclear war?

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Fri
04
May
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My Mother’s Potato Salad…

By Dr. Don Newbury

Soon after the inception of this column more than 15 years ago, I committed to sharing noteworthy recipes with readers from time to time. A dozen weeks into my writing regimen, I shared a cinnamon toast recipe.

It elicited no response— favorable or otherwise—so I have been reluctant to make culinary suggestions— until now.

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Wed
02
May
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Abbott urges local officials to apply for Harvey funds

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Mayors, county judges and emergency management officials in communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey received letters last week from Gov. Greg Abbott, urging them to take advantage of available funding.

Some $500 million in funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program are available now, Abbott said. These funds are in addition to the more than $10 billion in Community Development Block Grant funds approved by Congress and awarded to Texas earlier this year.

 

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