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Let go and be fearless

Less than a month from now we will be celebrating the election of a new president. This will be remembered as the most unusual and contentious election in American history. And then it will be over and life will go on and we will adjust to whomever … more

Roundtable: Is religion an appropriate basis for political belief or does voting based on religious conviction ultimately impede the religious freedom of others?

The American political system prides itself on the right to be free while not harming another’s rights. When it comes to religion and our political system, people tend to vote from their frame of reference, from the lenses by which they see … 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

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

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

Extra, Extra

In the past few weeks, you might have noticed that the paper that has been coming to your house for years is no longer in your driveway. Don’t worry, it’s not personal. With the explosive growth in both Leander and Cedar Park we have started … more

Caroline and the eight-year attitude adjustment

I was seven years old when my mom announced she was pregnant, though it was obvious by that time, from all of my parents’ “subtle” hints. Until then, I had been an only child. A neurotic only child; I didn’t like change.“Touch the bump!” … more

Making a silk purse from a sow’s ear

This week we will inaugurate the 45th President of the United States.  According to Pew Research more than 60 percent of all white Christians are registered as and vote for Republicans.  If this metric describes you, this may be a time of … more

Musings of a minister on the ‘Merrification’ of Christmas

One word defines Christmas. It is the word “merry.” I never tire of wishing people a Merry Christmas. Although, for some, it may not be politically correct, but for the rest of us who have at least two gray cells working, it is wonderful. I was … more

Say no to school choice vouchers

I am a strong advocate for our public education system. What a great endeavor to educate our entire population! Education is a win/win for everyone. All of society and each of us as individuals benefit from a good education and well-supported, fully funded educational system. more

Spring forward?

Daylight saving time is something that people love or hate depending on the time of the year. This weekend, we will be setting our clocks an hour ahead. However, this might become a thing of the past in Texas.Three bills filed this legislative … more

In life and in all things, run to win

In life, it’s nice to win. Frankly, it feels great! Winning builds confidence, inspires hope through the victory and challenges you to reach higher and go further. Today, I want to encourage you to “run to win.” The Bible says it rains on the … more

Prescription for disaster

As costs surrounding healthcare in the United States continue to rise, Americans see example after example of how problematic the for-profit model has become.The latest high-profile examples have come from the pharmaceutical world, including … more

A suspicious mind is a terrible thing to waste

I have discovered over the years several types of minds. The “open mind,” which catches everything except the truth. The “analytical mind” which organizes everything to the point of sterility. The “closed mind” which you can bounce ideas … more

A little bit of good news

In the midst of the rancor in our daily news, I thought I’d take a moment to share a little bit of good news that comes as close to a miracle as any of us might see.  The Americas have been declared measles- free.When I saw this headline I made a … more

Roundtable: Is religion an appropriate basis for political belief or does voting based on religious conviction ultimately impede the religious freedom of others?

For this roundtable, Ashley the Editor wants us to write about whether religion is an appropriate basis for political belief. Of course, there is no such thing as generic religion; however, in the United States, there are lots and lots of very … more

Should President Trump Quit?

Should President Donald Trump quit? A large percentage of Americans voted against him and continue to dislike him. 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

Trust your heart: It knows the way

A long time ago, say 1964, across America there were four big magazines, Time, Look, Life and Saturday Evening Post.  There were three television channels, and in Dallas, where I grew up, there were three radio stations. We got what we knew from … more

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor,In response to Mike Eddleman’s editorial on August 18, titled “So sue me, unless you already have.”Thank you Mr. Eddleman for your August 18 editorial regarding Texas law suits against the Federal government. Since editorials are … more
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