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I was blessed to be born into a family that taught and modeled conservative values. My parents and grandparents showed me — not just with their words, but with their deeds — the values of … more
As efforts to vaccinate Texans and keep the coronavirus spread under control continue, the state is rapidly opening up, with traffic getting busier and larger crowds in places that have seemed empty … more
Despite recent setbacks in Michigan and elsewhere, the United States is gradually approaching the day when we may be able to declare the COVID-19 pandemic under control … more
Fewer Americans are attending traditional church services. Fewer are attending Catholic schools, too. According to Gallup, the number of Americans who belong to a church ... more
I don’t want to malign anyone’s religious faith. I really don’t. But it’s a tad disturbing that 45 percent of the nation’s 41 million white evangelical Christians are … more
An unsustainable spending "arms race" is occurring among the 130 colleges that belong to the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision. It is compromising their integrity and is often at odds with their … more
Here's a quiz for the Republican politicians among you. Check as many as apply. Do you support repairing and rebuilding America's deteriorating network of roads and bridges ... more
Fast-rising property values in Texas can be hard on local taxpayers, but they’re gravy to the state government. Because of the way public schools are funded, a rise in local ... more
The Pandemic of 2020 was a tragedy for the whole world.But our all-out war against the coronavirus taught Americans a bunch of important lessons.It proved that our political ... more
Look who’s showing up in debates over voting and elections, opposing some of the leaders of a GOP that had a long and deserved reputation as the party of big business. Big … more
Republicans and corporate America have been conjoined for so long that any breach in the bond is almost impossible to imagine. Yet we’re seeing one now, thanks to the GOP’s decision to … more
Did I ever tell you about my late Uncle Vernon and the time his slanderous lies about a respected business got unceremoniously … more
A lot of confusion relating to stimulus checks — and how to claim a tax credit for any money still owed — is triggering trouble, extra letters and delays as people file their 2020 tax … more
Amid unprecedented attacks on our democracy, with polarization at historic highs and trust in government at historic lows, a constant remains: Conservatives still insist in the ... more
It was a bright yellow booklet I carried everywhere, and at some national borders it was scrutinized even more carefully than my government-issued passport. It was my vaccine certificate … more
Look who’s showing up in debates over voting and elections, opposing some of the leaders of a GOP that had a long and deserved reputation as the party of big business. more
America has been lazily divided by pundits into red and blue states, as if there weren’t constant movement of people between them. Fortunately, reality is a lot more purple ... more
From inappropriate contacts with the Department of Justice to politically motivated pardons to the president's refusal to separate himself from his businesses, one of the most troubling … more
Anyone who wondered, during this past annus horribilis, whether many Americans no longer grasped the meaning of democracy, could find plenty of stats to back that dismal conclusion. more
Throughout Donald Trump's four years as president, nearly every federal government ethics and anti-corruption law suffered immense public damage. But among his administration's ... more
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