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I have a confession to make: I use 4-letter words. Yes, it’s true. Some of them I use more than others. I’m not sure where I picked up some of them but I do know where I learned a few...from my parents.

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As a parent, you want your children to grow up to lead happy and healthy lives. This, of course, includes protecting them from drugs and alcohol. You can always encourage your kids to make positive life choices, but you’ll want to address the issue of substance use differently depending on t…

Driving across Texas has been an interesting occupation for foresters and arborists these past few weeks. Many trees appear as healthy and vibrant as they have ever been, but littered in among the growing green are an equal – and seemingly arbitrary – population of barren oak trees.

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Does President Joe Biden have a mandate to rebuild the United States? To remake American capitalism? To reshape the role of government? The president’s Democratic supporters say yes. But the results of the election that brought Biden to office say no.

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It has been two weeks since the conviction of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin for the second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter of George Floyd. The world has moved on. Politicians breathed a sigh of relief when they heard the verdict; the media quickly moved on to its n…

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When I was nine, I got into a fight with a kid across the street. I don’t recall what started it, other than it was related to a 45 RPM copy of “Joy To The World” by Three Dog Night.

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The Bible says that “Christ loved the Church and gave Himself for it” (Ephesians 5:25). Paul writes that “we are not our own, we are bought with a price” (1 Corinthians 6:20) —the death of Jesus on the cross was that price.

Do you think it is time to have a talk about heart health? Well, it is that time of year again and the Harrison Family and Community Health committee will host their annual “Let’s Have a Heart to Heart” seminar.

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In his appearance before a joint session of Congress Wednesday night, President Biden sought to answer Americans’ questions about what direction he intends to steer the country. But Mr. Biden’s speech, less a State of the Union Address than a statement about what kind of union he envisions, …

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Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” A godly mother can make all the difference for a growing child. Moms, do not take your job lightly.

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On June 14, 2017, a team of Republican lawmakers went to an athletic field in Alexandria, Virginia, to practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. As they worked out, a man armed with a semiautomatic rifle and pistol approached and opened fire. Rep. Steve Scalise, the Ho…

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Families didn’t used to take the volume of photographs that we do now. The cameras of decades ago made it cost prohibitive to shoot the number of pictures we do today.

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Last week, ex-police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The evidence on the murder charges was weak; the evidence on manslaughter was significantly stronger. Still, the jury took only 10 hours and zero questions to…

Ever wonder why some of our favorite restaurants we’ve enjoyed through the years suddenly closed? And what made those restaurants our favorites? Let’s stroll down memory lane and see if you can help me figure out the answers.

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To watch the hours of celebratory fist-pumping from government officials and black activists after the guilty verdicts against police officer Derek Chauvin last week, you’d think Minnesota had just won the NCAA tournament.

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All Americans should be concerned about President Biden’s recent executive order on gun control. Try to forget for a moment, if you can, whether you agree with Biden or not and try instead to focus on the procedure. Biden is falling back on the two justifications that other presidents have u…

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The list of things my wife has brought into our lives that have attempted to kill or maim me over the span of our 23-year marriage continues to grow.

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The hymn “He Hideth My Soul”says this, “A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord, He taketh my burden away; He holdeth me up and I shall not be moved, He giveth me strength as my day.” As we study the book of Revelation, we find encouragement in how great Jesus is.

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It took nearly 3 1/2 months for the District of Columbia medical examiner’s office to announce a cause of death for Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who helped defend the Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot and died the next day in a local hospital. The medical examiner ruled that Sicknick …

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I thought the cast iron skillet my mom cooked virtually every meal in when I was a child was her favorite. I now know that she cooked with it because it was the only skillet she had.

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One of the most interesting parts of my job is hearing from our citizens ... sometimes when we do something right, most of the time when we get something wrong. On rare occasions we hear from citizens when they have story ideas or need to bring something to our attention.

One of the things I love about my job as sports editor at the Longview News-Journal, and now Sunday columnist for several of our M. Roberts Media newspapers, is the occasional opportunity to speak at a local sports banquet, luncheon or career day.