Columns/opinions

Standing Up to the Mob

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Joe Biden says he'll "advance racial equity" by making "bold investments" in "Affordable Housing," aiding "businesses owned by Black and Brown people," establishing an "Equity Commission," etc. Gosh, that'll do it.

Views from Around the Panhandle

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I saw something the other day on social media about a woman who got dressed up in something akin to formal wear to take the trash out, and I though to my self, “This isn’t how this works. It isn’t how any of this works.”

Where are they now?...Cindy Cowan

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Perryton has been a hotbed for the generation of productive citizens in its existence. Kids branching out from this small Texas town have made huge contributions in the world of engineering, healthcare, business, agriculture and science. However, the largest impact may be on the educational system. Perryton kids have had a huge hand in making our communities smarter. Cindy Cowan is another Perryton product who is an award winning, trailblazer in education.

High Plains Cotton Conference set Jan. 28

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The High Plains Cotton Conference, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will be presented online Jan. 28, with programming running from 9-11 a.m. The program will be free to all, with sponsorship by FMC Corp.

Big Social Media Indulge in Stupidity

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In a dangerous and globally distressing affront to free speech, social media giants have blocked President Donald Trump. World leaders, even those who despise the president, are outraged. A German Chancellor Angela Merkel: "The chancellor considers it problematic that the accounts of the U.S. president have now been permanently blocked," said Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert.

Camels Making a Comeback?...

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The Geico insurance people had the chance to keep camels in front of folks, but lost 15 percent of their credibility when they chose a gecko instead of a camel for their mascot several years ago. I thought their ad showing Caleb the Camel clopping through the office to ask workers if they could guess “which day is it” to be pure advertising genius.

Texas Press Association Capital Highlights

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New House speaker lays out challenges The 87th session of the Texas Legislature opened Tuesday with COVID-19 encompassing every aspect of what the lawmakers do, according to new House Speaker Dade Phelan. “COVID, obviously, it will be a blanket over the entire session,” Phelan told his hometown TV station, KFDM Channel 6, in Beaumont.

Amen or Awoman?

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Is it "amen" or "awoman"? According to Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, it's both. In a recent prayer before the United States House of Representatives, Cleaver, an ordained minister with a master's degree in divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology, was reading a prepared prayer, and ended the prayer by saying "amen and awoman."

That ‘Doofus’ Feeling….

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Purple is a color I am generally neutral about, but it has taken decades for me to elevate it from negative status. I’m guessing it barely made the grade for inclusion in those tiny boxes of crayons used down to the very last smidge by Early School first graders in 1944.