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Dear readers, the following letter was written to you by a man who my husband and I met several years ago. Our friend rode a motorcycle to church, he had a weathered face and a quick smile.

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I saw a really interesting question posed online this week by a friend of mine. He simply asked how much people were paying for their health insurance. He was paying $1,100 a month.

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Without sounding too much like a country and western song, I ran into an old friend of mine the other day. It was my first "serious" Bible stowed away for safekeeping. That is because it is now held together with a rubber band. Its cover is cracked, the binding is taped and many of the pages…

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How's My Driving?

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Very few people probably know this, but an extremely important election is scheduled later this year.

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Over the last few weeks, there has been a lot of news related to child sex predators.

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Years ago, I used to watch a lot of TV mysteries, and I was particularly interested in the ones played out in a courtroom setting.

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I received an email last week related to a lawsuit filed in Texas that will attempt to make it easier for candidates for office representing small parties to get on the ballot.

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Do you know your rights as a citizen of this country?

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Independence Day has always held a special place in my heart.

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As a parent, I have experienced different stages of conversation with our son over the years. I began speaking to him before he was even born. In the first few years, he communicated his wants and needs in various ways. (It is so much fun to experience this stage of innocence that is trustin…

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Many people view lightning as a beautiful sight to behold and sit outside (under cover) to watch, while others choose to play it safe and shut themselves indoors. Our family was "porch watchers." I remember as a child, my dad and I took great pleasure in the excitement of an approaching stor…

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I don’t do this often, but last week Facebook reminded me of this column I wrote four years ago. I am sharing it again this week because I believe its message is possibly even more important today. Love overcomes hate every time. Hate may win a battle here and there, it may claim victims, bu…

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I don’t do this often, but last week Facebook reminded me of this column I wrote four years ago. I am sharing it again this week because I believe its message is possibly even more important today. Love overcomes hate every time. Hate may win a battle here and there, it may claim victims, bu…

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Many people view lightning as a beautiful sight to behold and sit outside (under cover) to watch, while others choose to play it safe and shut themselves indoors. Our family was "porch watchers." I remember as a child, my dad and I took great pleasure in the excitement of an approaching stor…

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Last week, I heard a troubling story about a sheriff’s deputy and pastor in Tennessee who spoke from his pulpit and made the claim that gays and lesbians should be rounded up and executed. 

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Once upon a time I went in search of a thumbtack at our house. You know, it's the kind of thing you see all the time until you need one. I searched in the first logical place I could think of, a space in our kitchen known as the drawer of "misfits." 

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The other day my hubby was flipping through the channels when he landed on the movie “Cast Away.” It was at the very beginning, and both of us had already seen it several times so I was only mildly interested. 

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Over the last two-plus years, Donald Trump has repeatedly referred to journalists as enemies of the people. He has criticized the press, canceled a few press passes and even called out individual journalists by name. 

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As a reporter, one common theme I have heard discussed over the last two decades is overcrowding in prisons and the growing cost of housing prisoners and inmates in county jails, state prisons and federal prisons. 

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On Saturdays, my husband likes to watch old westerns, whether it be movies or TV series. I myself have rekindled an interest in these classics as well. One of my favorites lately is the Rifleman. There is usually an interesting story line with good family morals in the scripts. 

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Last week, the Alvin City Council hosted its second work session on a proposed “tent-city ordinance.” The proposed legislation came about after the Archangels of Texas opened a facility to house the homeless. While the intent was to house them inside, they ended up living outdoors in tents. 

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Home landscape beautification often starts with simple ideas and singular plantings: lawn construction that is often St. Augustine grass, at least one fast-growing tree for anticipated shade and a few foundation plantings of shrubs as a visual anchor. I offer to expand the effort and increas…

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There are several ways people predict the weather. For me, I know it's going to be a hot one by how much tea my husband takes to work. He likes his ice tea. In the summer months, it seems he brews a ton of the stuff. And over the years, he has perfected his tea-making skills. He knows how ma…

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As I write this, there are 20 — yes 20 — people running for the Democratic nomination for president. One of those 20 will face Donald Trump in the general election to be decided in about 17 months. 

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This is the time of year many people are planning their vacations. Now, our family never flies to exotic places. No, for us the closest thing to Disney World was the county fair – a true family event for us where no booth was left unexplored, no food untouched and no carnival ride too wild o…

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Last week as the world watched, the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris burned. I have never been to Paris and I am not Catholic, but I was horrified. 

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When our son was in his second year of college, he and several friends rented a house close to campus. One day in a text conversation, he mentioned that he was not feeling well, and since he was rarely sick I took note of this. After we hung up, I prayed and received peace in my heart about him. 

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Faith to move a mountain. I don’t recall how old I was the first time I heard this message preached from a pulpit. As I grew up in church, I wanted to have that kind of faith to believe God. But is seemed elusive to me, as if faith was … just something … out there … somewhere. And I wasn’t s…

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It’s a sad commentary that alarms go up among Washington elites when the Trump administration defends the Constitution and holds Congress to its word. That is, after all, what the Department of Justice did last week by agreeing with a federal court that all of Obamacare is unconstitutional. 

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I scrutinize myself in the mirror on a regular basis. From the front all is well. I am pushing 60 and holding together reasonably well. 

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This is one of those weird weeks where I really don’t know what to write about. I have already started and given up on two columns because the topics I chose were boring me. 

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I returned to college after I turned 50. I had been working in business and, for a variety of reasons (reasons that required an entire book to explain!) I was no longer willing or able to continue. After a lot of hemming and hawing, I finally decided I would jump through the necessary hoops …

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Several years ago I received the deepest impact on my heart after witnessing the simplest act of love. I needed this reminder again today, and I wanted to share it with you ... 

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When I was about 10 years old, I was watching my dad feed the hogs on our small farm. Even though the hogs were huge, they were fairly gentle, and I had never been afraid of them, but I was smart enough to stay out of their way when dad brought their supper. 

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I have been pretty critical of the state Legislature over the last few weeks — primarily one bill that is being pushed — but I also believe in giving credit where credit is due. 

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One morning, I passed a "moving sale" in my neighborhood and spotted a small roll top desk out in the driveway. I had been looking for something to store some paperwork in, and yet still attractive to the eye. 

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A few weeks ago there was a heated debate in Alvin over the City Council agreeing to spend more than $700,000 on a lighted disc golf course. 

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