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13
Jul
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‘Old School’ Pharmacist…

By Dr. Don Newbury

 

Wayne West has been “old school” for decades, long before Mary’s lamb thought about following her to school. He’s “old school” for many reasons. The son of a sharecropper who grew up near Midlothian, TX, he’s come a long way from cotton fields and livestock pens to head Best Value pharmacies. He has been dispensing medications—personally compounded, in many instances— since doctors gave up prescribing leeches….

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13
Jul
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Dads Needed

by John Stossel

 

Warren Farrell was once considered a feminist leader. He hung around with Gloria Steinem and wrote about why men and women should break out of rigid old gender roles. But then, as he learned more, he started to disagree with parts of modern feminism. "I don't agree with the part of feminism that says men are the oppressors and women are the oppressed," he says. "That part of feminism is sick." In Farrell's new book, "The Boy Crisis," he argues that hostility toward males undermines boys' psychological development.

Wed
11
Jul
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Taking the Disraeli Test

by Mark Shields

Benjamin Disraeli, a 19th-century British prime minister and writer, shrewdly advised that to be a successful political leader, a man (even though it was the Victorian era, it was still a man's game) must first know himself and then know and understand the times in which he lives.

Whether would-be national leaders can pass the Disraeli test is often first seen in the campaigns for public office they run. Remember Abraham Lincoln, an all-American leader who was running for re-election in 1864, while the bloodiest war this nation has ever endured raged between North and South, and made his own case to the voters: "It is not best to swap horses while crossing the river." He won.

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Wed
11
Jul
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Paxton sends letters to cities that passed bag ban ordinances

by Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on July 2 notified 11 Texas cities that their ordinances against plastic shopping bags had been knocked down by the Texas Supreme Court.

Paxton said he issued letters to the cities of Austin, Sunset Valley, Port Aransas, Laguna Vista, Fort Stockton, Eagle Pass, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, Kermit, Freer and South Padre Island “to ensure awareness of the recent ruling and waste management responsibilities Texas law places on municipalities.”

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Fri
06
Jul
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Incivility Tears at Our Nation

from The Panama City Herald

It is not hard to see where this could end: in violence. At the very least, this approach could drive Republicans, fearful of Democratic persecution, to the polls in November.

America was founded on the Enlightenment ideas of freedom of speech and the peaceful resolution of differences through elections, rather than through physical confrontation and violence.

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Fri
06
Jul
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Rain on Priceline Parade…

By Dr. Don Newbury

The fingers of one hand are more than enough to count the disparaging columns I’ve written about online purchases that I feel warrant “red alert” warnings.

There’s a current issue, however—intended to be a “let-the-buyer-beware” suggestion— that could save travelers both money and grief.

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Wed
04
Jul
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U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Texas redistricting maps

by Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — The United States Supreme Court voted 5-4 on June 25 to approve 10 of 11 disputed Texas House and congressional redistricting maps used in the state’s 2014 and 2016 elections. The court ruled that only Texas House District 90 in Fort Worth was gerrymandered along racial lines and therefore must be redrawn. Except for the case of HD- 90, the high court reversed findings issued by a threejudge panel of a San Antonio U.S. District Court in two cases known as Abbott v. Perez. Plaintiffs argued that Texas legislators intentionally gerrymandered certain districts to dilute the voting power of Hispanics and blacks, and in doing so violated the federal Voting Rights Act."

 

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Wed
04
Jul
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Applause For Those Who Kept Looking

from The Panama City News Herald 1,597 Americans are still unaccounted for from Vietnam, while more than 82,000 U.S. troops are considered unaccounted for from wars dating back to World War II. For more than a half-century, the family of U.S. Air Force Col. Peter Stewart could only speculate what happened to him over in Vietnam. A native of Scotland who lived in Winter Haven, Stewart was a fighter pilot who flew dozens of combat missions during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. According to the Defense Department, Stewart's last mission occurred on a fateful spring day

Fri
29
Jun
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Shut Up, They Explain

By John Stossel

I'm not surprised that mobs shriek at Trump administration officials in restaurants and that Maxine Waters wants more of that. I've watched this happen at American colleges.

One example: Heather Mac Donald is a Manhattan Institute scholar who wrote the book "The War on Cops." She argues that Americans are less safe today because police, for fear of being called racist, back off. I sometimes disagree with Mac Donald, but she is a thoughtful researcher whose ideas deserve to be heard.

 

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Fri
29
Jun
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Can You Spare a Bible?...

By Dr. Don Newbury

She’s persuasive without being pushy, soliciting Bibles with resolve like the late Clara Peller. You’ll recall how Clara continually questioned, “Where’s the beef?” in Wendy’s long-ago hamburger commercials.

The comparison to Peller ends with “resolve,” however. Dallas’ Jo Witte—staring 90 in the face—isn’t seeking fame or fortune.

A while back, she read about the SoupMobile Church in South Dallas. She was moved by the pastor’s prayers for 10,000 Bibles— the number needed to provide one for every homeless person in Dallas.

 

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