It’s somewhat gratifying that Congress and the White House are at least attempting to address the issue of drug costs. It’s simply not right when rising out-of-pocket costs at the pharmacy counter are forcing some Texans to choose between buying food and purchasing life-saving medications li…

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Oh, that the inimitable Will Rogers were alive today. The need for his disarming smile and positive spirit helped Americans survive the Great Depression. He’d go a long way today in bringing people together as challenges mount, sometimes blotting out our better thoughts and kinder natures.

It came to be called the Day Which Will Live in Infamy. The attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, was a devastating loss for the nation. When the attack began at 7:55 a.m. by Japanese forces, the Americans on the scene realized that their lives in that moment…

Every day I thank the Lord for the blessings of this life. I know that everything that I enjoy is from his hand. We all enjoy the blessings of our sovereign God. The Prophet Jeremiah wrote the reality of God’s sovereign actions in the midst of his suffering. Jeremiah said, “Who has spoken an…

The Reno city council last week officially swore in a new police chief. It was the beginning of a new chapter following one that ended promptly, and without transparency or explanation.

A dozen years before “Sir” was added to his name, Winston Churchill motivated Britons with his unforgettable “never give in” speech.

Someone once said, “Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” Such a warm smile can take many forms. It can be a mother warmly smiling at her newborn baby, or friends smiling and laughing at a silly joke. It can be a grandson smiling at his grandfat…

In the late 1970s and through the 1980s, millions of people would tune in weekly to watch Dallas, a night-time soap opera about the tawdry scandals and business dealings of a Texas oil family. At the same time, a family of Texas oil barons transplanted from Arkansas was involved in schemes e…

“And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 8:3) These are the words of Go…

For a long while -- remember that in politics, two days comprise an eternity -- it seemed as if the leaders of the two major parties were girding to fight the last war. Now it seems as if they are fighting to figure out what the last war really was about.

The experience of the last Democratic president who presided over a significant bout of inflation wasn’t a happy one, and if the Biden White House isn’t haunted by that precedent, it isn’t paying attention.

Inept searches for humor--often with strong potential to be hurtful — have caused me to row my little fishing boat away from what formerly was a favorite news source, WFAA-TV (Dallas/Fort Worth). It was once a mighty ship in the raging waters generally called “mainstream media.”

The name “Ima Hogg” has been a running joke in Texas for many years. However, for anyone who knew her or had ever been touched by her many works, the real Ima Hogg was anything but a joke.

In “Many Winters”, Nancy Wood’s beautiful book of wisdom from the Taos Pueblo, an aging Indian says,

Holiday meals can be made healthier without any significant difference in taste by using some basic recipe substitutions or alterations You can reduce the sugar, fat, or sodium content of many of your favorite recipes without noticing the difference. For example, if a recipe calls for one cu…

According to the U.S. Department Interagency Council on Homelessness, “2.5 million children are homeless in the United States.” The council’s website also states that “one out of every 30 children are homeless in the United States alone.” These are historic numbers, and the growth of rate is…

There will be those who insist that I have received my just desserts. However, I choose to believe that I have been favored by unbelievably good fortune despite a fall from my church platform. Thankfully, heartbeats and breathing were restored countless times.

Texas universities have produced many interesting political figures. Perhaps one of the most unusual journeys was that of University of Texas graduate Fernando Belaunde. Belaunde earned a Texas architectural license, became a noted architect, and was twice elected president of Peru, survivin…

In doing some research as best I could, Mr. Cary Sisk in the early 1880s purchased many acres of land in what is now the Tin Top, Texas community. 

Many of us have friends or family members who may have dementia or memory problems. Being a caregiver takes dedication and time. Offering meaningful activities for people with dementia can enhance their self-esteem and well-being. Finding the right activity requires knowledge of the person’s…

Republican legislators in Texas and Democratic legislators in Illinois have something in common: When it comes to drawing new political maps, they don’t play fair.

Ross Douthat has a powerful new book about his battle with chronic Lyme disease. In “The Deep Places: A Memoir of Illness and Discovery,” he writes beautifully, with honesty and gratitude. I was overcome with emotion when I got to the part about our mutual friend Andrew Walther, who died a y…

The Reformation, usually referred to as the Protestant Reformation, was one of the greatest blessings God has given to his church. It was a blessing more than 500 years ago. It continues to be a blessing as the church continues to reform herself in accordance with the word of God.

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that is especially true when it comes to transportation. As the nation's second largest state, by both population and land area, Texas heavily relies on roads and railways to get people from one place to another. According to the United States Depa…

One of the main vehicles used in society that stipulate requirements for establishing relationships is a contract. A contract is a written or verbal agreement between two or more parties that establishes their mutual relationship. All the parties commit to adhere to the agreed upon requireme…

The Etruscans and the ancient Romans were the first to widely use the arch in building structures. The Romans used the arch in a wide range of structures across Europe and throughout the Roman Empire. Roman builders used the arch in aqueducts which revolutionized the transportation and use o…

Texas is an immense landscape, and the land seems to stretch on forever. The question of the Texas border has resulted in many disputes. One infamous land dispute in the late 1800s resulted in a piece of Texas called Greer County becoming a part of Oklahoma.

My family has always been fanatic about October baseball. This year has been particularly interesting because the Houston Astros are playing the Boston Red Sox for the American League title and a trip to the World Series. Normally I would root for the Texas team, but in this match-up I’ve be…

Alexander William Kinglake is a name snuggled deeply inside of all-knowing Google. He was a 19th century lawyer who gave up his legal practice to become an author, best known for a single proverb: “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you.”

There are a lot of fall and Halloween celebrations occurring. You want to have fun, but you also want to be safe. You can begin with these safety tips.

Over my 45-year career as a doctor — the last 36 as a clinical cardiologist in rural East Texas — I’ve struggled to make my peace with death.

The giving of the law and God’s ordination of civil authority are two blessings of God that intersect. Both the church and state are under God’s sovereign authority.

During almost two decades of writing weekly accounts of humorous and/or unlikely occurrences, I’ve never come across anything quite so bizarre as the subject of this week’s epistle.

No one likes to get sick. Our immune system functions throughout our entire body to protect us from infections such as the common cold to serious health conditions.

Quanah Parker became a respected leader of the Comanche Nation at the end of the Plains Indian Wars. He spent much of his life caught between two worlds. He was the son of a white settler and a Comanche chief. And he had to lead his tribe in the difficult transition from their ancient tradit…

My aged Uncle Mort can take a side road into yesteryear quickern’ most people can start an argument over vaccines. Now, he’s on a mission to learn more about Indian Summer. He’s finding much information about the season in numerous countries of the world.

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Retired U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Dana Bowman parachuted from a helicopter, bringing with him a large American flag as he landed on the Weatherford Christian School field Tuesday, Nov. 9 for a special ceremony in honor of Veterans Day.