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Dropping my first deer

Going in to the Army, I didn’t know it, but I was really good with a rifle. Throughout basic marksmanship training, I was one of the top shooters, never shooting less than 36/40. I was so proficient with my weapon that I, along with five others, … more

Thank God I’m a Country Boy

I reckon I’m a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll, but since I don’t really listen to rock and roll, I’d have to say I’m more country than anything else. I’m not saying I’m country as a turnip green, but I did eat a plate … more

On the road and missing my fur babies

All was right in the world Thursday night as I had my dog’s head laying on my chest and my cat right smack dab next to my head. They love me. That’s for sure. After a week of traveling and boarding, we were all under one roof. I was pretty much … more

Know your pets’ signals

Last week, Abbey, my cat, started urinating all over my house as if she was a four-year-old boy who’d just discovered that the world was his urinal. After doing some online research, I cleaned out her litter box more often than usual and moved her … more

Reflecting on the last breath of a healthcare plan

Republicans everywhere are rejoicing as they pull out their pens, eager to sign the death certificate for the Affordable Care Act. As Congress gloats about repealing the healthcare plan commonly known as Obamacare, it would be wise for everyone … more

Legislature gets F for school grading system

Just when it looks like the Texas Legislature can’t fail the public school system again, the state turns in a little extra credit and proves this is one subject where our elected state officials are willing to go above and beyond.The unsettling … more

Russian Roulette: America’s new national pastime

Many will feign shock and dismay one day when the depth of president-elect Donald Trump’s connection to Vladimir Putin and Russian business interests finally becomes clear. But it will be no more believable than this idea that Russia’s … more

What a difference a year makes

This time last year, I wasn’t doing very well. I didn’t leave my house on Christmas day. I wasn’t happy about life. I was eating and drinking way too much. I was pretty much miserable. I didn’t even watch “National Lampoon’s Christmas … more

A day off at the joy factory

Thinking back on my daughter’s first Christmas, there was a hint of disappointment in me. We all know children account for a majority of the fun at Christmas as we get to sit back and watch their wide-eyed excitement over everything ­– both … more

Racing Commission chair tapped for secretary of state

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Rolando Pablos of El Paso to succeed Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, effective Jan. 5. Pablos has served as chair of the Texas Racing Commission, the state agency that regulates pari-mutuel racing, since December … more

America’s easy fake news fix

“We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.”– Denis DiderotIt wasn’t until I was reminded of one of my father’s most aggravating comments to me as a child that the light … more

Lt. Gov. mischaracterizes tax burden for Texans

It is nearly time for the 85th Texas Legislature to begin the five-month journey to a quality budget that meets both the needs of Texans and their taste for ever-lower taxes.Some want a balance, and some want to sell out programs, education and … more

Documenting the Manification of Jody Fuller

Last week, I drank my water from a straw. We all slip up from time to time, so let me explain.“Wild at Heart” was released in 2001, but I just recently got around to reading it. It’s an awesome book and very enlightening, in a manly kind of … more

It is high time we all understood citizenship

When new citizens take the oath of allegiance, it is the final step in a long, cumbersome process of achieving what many consider to be a dream come true – U.S. citizenship. It is a time of celebration, one new citizens should be able to … more

Share your appreciation for our veterans

The first beer I drank in public without looking over my shoulder was on a plane from St. Louis, Missouri bound for Tucson, Arizona, and it was one of the best ever. I don’t even remember what brand it was but it was how I got it that made it so … more

Hunting is in my blood

My job description includes the words comic, speaker, writer, and soldier, but I’m looking to add hunter to the list. It’s been on my mind for a number of years. I’m not afraid to try new things, such as growing a garden this year. It was my … more

Empty words make for empty promises

When children in the custody of the State of Texas are forced to sleep on the floors of Child Protective Services offices, Texans should be embarrassed. When children in foster care are assaulted, abused or simply lost because child protective … more

A long road will remain

“Because if you don’t stand up for the stuff you don’t like, when they come for the stuff you do like, you’ve already lost.” ­— Neil Gaiman Both sides in this historic presidential election have eyes set on Nov. 8 as a landmark … more

What are you endorsing with your vote?

“What one must fear, moreover, is not so much the sight of the immorality of the great as that of immorality leading to greatness.” - Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America Donald Trump can’t be president. Despise, fear and hate the … more

Is it really a coincidence?

Coincidence? I think not.I hit the brakes and didn’t stop. I kept on rolling. Look out!Rule 39 states “There is no such thing as coincidence.” That rule comes from Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs of NCIS. I agree wholeheartedly; however, some … more
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