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This year’s legislative session was different: The good, the bad, and the yet to be determined. From a liberal perspective, less bad than might be expected from a Republican-dominated state; and some new progressive spending. From a conservative perspective, less good than many hoped for, bu…

Summer officially began on June 21, and temperatures will be hitting triple digits before you know it. A warmer than normal summer is expected for much of the country.

That the Democrats’ two evenings of dueling oratory snippets this week are called “debates” validates Finley Peter Dunne’s prediction that “when we Americans are through with the English language, it will look as if it had been run over by a musical comedy.” Already a linguistic casualty of …

to organizers of the area Juneteeth festivities, taking place over the weekend and on the day itself, Wednesday. The 2019 Marshall-Harrison County Juneteenth Celebration, organized by Don and Alma Ravenell, began with the Miss Juneteenth pageant June 14. The pageant consisted of a parade of …

There’s still a debate over whether we spelled it “TRAX,” or “TRAXX.” What’s not in doubt is that it was a high school rock band that five friends from the Texarkana area played in during the late 1970’s.

For many, summer is associated with some special effort to read. Especially those of us who have been associated with education either as a student or teacher, we have often been tempted to not read during the summer because we have to read and process so much during the school year.

Summer arrives (officially) tomorrow morning at 10:54 a.m. and will remain with us until Sept. 23. Like all of the other seasons of the year, there are joys of summer and the trials of summer. We will enjoy the season more if air conditioning is an option.

On April 14, 1988, the U.S.S. Samuel B. Roberts, a frigate, hit an Iranian naval mine while sailing in the Persian Gulf. The explosion injured 10 of her crew and nearly sank the ship. Four days later, the U.S. Navy destroyed half the Iranian fleet in a matter of hours. Iran did not molest th…

The African folktale version of the 1989 Central Park gang-rape has swept the populace! The mob thirsts for vengeance against evil spirits, like Linda Fairstein.

If President Trump pulls off a win in 2020, there is going to be a great deal of soul searching, not to mention wailing and gnashing of teeth. Many will ask how, how could someone so disliked win another term? I am not saying he is going to win. I have no idea. But, if he does, I am suggesti…

“It is a great advantage to a president,” said the 30th of them, “and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know he is not a great man.” Or, Calvin Coolidge would say today, a great woman. While today’s incumbent advertises himself as an “extremely stable genius” and those who …

to the Marshall Public Library and other area libraries for keeping children young and old entertained through their respective Summer Reading Programs. Marshall, Hallsville, Jefferson and Waskom public libraries, to name a few, are offering reading challenge activities, movies, crafts, snac…

Imagine if in 2018 the Trump administration had proposed legislation that would allow the government, on nearly any pretext, to detain, try and imprison Americans accused of wrongdoing at secretive black sites scattered across the country.

There are many things that Jesus Christ shared that are applicable and insightful for our lives today. They are right and truthful.

Randolph Bourne (1886-1918) said, “War is the health of the state.” James Madison said, “War is in fact the true nurse of executive aggrandizement,” and the executive almost is the American state, Congress now being more theatrical than actual. Advocates of an larger state, remembering Frank…

When longtime U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy died in 2009, an irreverent Texas political consultant predicted the people who raise money for the two major political parties would miss the famous Massachusetts Democrat. Democrats loved him and touted him as a champion in their appeals, while Republ…

New York City public school teachers recently revealed that they have been instructed to reject “objectivity,” “written documentation” and “perfectionism” by Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, as part of his effort to “dismantle racism.” Carranza identified these values as tools of the “wh…

I write this in the wake of the recent 140-day biennial session of the Texas Legislature. Having had the honor of representing the 1st Senate District in the 71st Session — when the collapse of the price of oil had created record deficits and given rise to creation of the “rainy day fund” legislation I co-sponsored — I feel as though I can share a unique perspective upon the outcome of the session. There are several essential functions of state government: education, transportation and infrastructure, a health-care safety net and economic development.

So a governor of Texas appoints a new secretary of state who immediately gets into trouble with an amateurish attempt to purge the state’s voter rolls of noncitizens — a list of almost 100,000 people that turns out to include lots of legitimate voters on it. Democrats in the Texas Senate sme…

Apathy is not one of the aggressive sins. In fact, many good people are apathetic. They do not do anything that is terribly evil, but that actually is an awful sin in the light of what is happening all around us today.

THUMBS UP to Marshall ISD and Mission Marshall for the distribution of bicycles to students through the Read to Ride program, and to the students who put forth the effort to earn them. The program, in its third year, saw 88 percent (342 of 392) of all third-grade students receive new bicycle…

After the morning bloodshed on Lexington green, on the first day of what would become a 3,059-day war, there occurred the second of what would be eventually more than 1,300 mostly small military clashes. Rick Atkinson writes: “A peculiar quiet descended over what the poet James Russell Lowel…

“Hello, my name is Clark Gable,” said the man sitting next to me in the airport.