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I really, really don’t like clowns

Certain things scare me, but talking trees, old ladies with pigtails and clowns top the list. I’ve never been a fan of clowns, and I’m not referring to career politicians either. I’m talking about the creepy ones. Okay, I’m still not talking … more

Is Trump taxing the system?

Do we really care about Donald Trump’s personal income tax returns? Democrats certainly care. Republicans care more than they wish they did, wishing more that the issue would just go away rather than fester as a campaign issue.In most cases, … more

I’ve never met a slimy snake

One evening when I was a kid, I was sitting on the porch in one of those old school, aluminum, nylon folding chairs when a cottonmouth water moccasin slithered under my chair. I don’t know where it was headed. Maybe it was going to pick up the … more

New museum long overdue

“A great nation does not hide its history. It faces its flaws, and corrects them.” – George W. BushIt has been 20 years since I was in Washington D.C. On my last trip across the National Mall the Korean War Memorial had justopened. A number … more

All the campaign money can buy

As we near the end of another painfully long, ridiculously expensive presidential election, we are reminded of one glaring failure in the current system: money.The failures in our election system are too many to count, but each can eventually be … more

A serving of faith, food, fun and fellowship

I had a fun gig last week at church in Tennessee. I brought the funny. They brought the food. The fellowship was a mutual thing. Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening as evident by the following review:“Jody was absolutely wonderful. We had around … more

I’m sorry, but what’s your name again?

I’m pretty good when it comes to remembering names. There are times, however, when I fail miserably. Sometimes I rebound, but sometimes I don’t. Recently, I was out to lunch with one of my buddies when we saw another guy approaching us as if we … more

Stand, or sit, for what you believe in

Americans have protested in the name of a cause or against the government for as long as we have been a nation. Very few protests sit well with the masses, often seen as divisive and a distraction rather than productive. Protests come from the … more

Some like it hot. I’m not one of them.

It got so hot in Iraq that I promised once I got home I’d never complain about the weather again. That lasted two days. It’s human nature to complain. We just can’t help ourselves. When it’s hot, we want it to be cold. When it’s cold, we … more

Behind the scoreboard: HCN kick off event revealed the heart behind the jerseys

In the sports section we really can’t tell the whole story.Sure, we look into recent results. We preview games. We interview athletes and coaches. But, we’d need more than a weekly newspaper to really dive into the world of Leander ISD football. … more

We need more pets, fewer politicians

“Political season is the most wonderful time of the year,” said no one ever.My television is seldom turned on. Whether it’s the terrorism or criminal activity at home or abroad or the chaos, corruption and Kardashian-like atmosphere of the … more

Pardon me, ma’am

No matter where my travels take me, I do my best in maintaining my southern values and military bearing. I do this by…blah, blah, blah. While there is some truth to the southern values and military bearing, it really just boils down to … more
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