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That cigarette dangling

RANDOM RAMBLINGS He walked out with a huge grin on his face, his cigarette hanging in limbo between his long fingers which he pointed right at me and said, “hey girl, where have you been?” It was just a normal Tuesday, I had a long day at the office and just needed a little break…

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A loaded juggernaut

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE You can’t stop an avalanche. Oh, I’m sure there are many people who genuinely believe that mankind has overpowered nature and can control it, bend it to his will, change its outcome, or something. But you and I both know that’s not true. Sure, we have built canals to divert…

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Governor, education commissioner say schools will open in fall

While COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, case counts, hospitalizations and deaths increased last week, more and more Texans ventured out of their homes with the deadly coronavirus showing no sign of abatement. Gov. Greg Abbott recently renewed his COVID pandemic disaster declaration for all counties affected by the disease. Even so, Abbott and Texas Education Commissioner…

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There’s a space

A VIEW FROM BRIDGE They say that funerals are for the living, and I suppose that in many ways they are. I don’t know who the other people are who say this, but I’ve joined their ranks as much as I’m sure you have on plenty of occasions. Aside from all the hoopla involving flowers…

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Governor promises action to family of George Floyd

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS Gov. Greg Abbott pledged to institute police reforms when he met with the Houston family of George Floyd, who was handcuffed and killed by police in front of a Minneapolis convenience store on May 25. Video footage showed the 46-year-old Floyd subdued by four uniformed officers and pinned down on the pavement, one…

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Why were our seniors left vulnerable?

HURD ON THE HILL As the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread from outside our borders into the contiguous United States, there was a lot of uncertainty about the characteristics of the virus. After studying trends from other countries who were largely hit with the virus before we were, it was clear that, like many other…

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Storm preparations begin while state continues to battle COVID-19

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS As Tropical Storm Cristobal moved north in the Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan Peninsula toward Louisiana, the weather system’s potential impact on East Texas grew and Gov. Greg Abbott on June 5 addressed the situation in a news conference. Abbott said preparedness is the key in any hurricane season. He added that…

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Proclamation allows more services, activities to resume

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS Gov. Greg Abbott on May 26 issued a proclamation giving the green light to more services and activities in a second phase of the state’s plan to reopen from mandatory pandemic closures. The Phase II proclamation allowed water parks to open beginning May 29 on condition that the venues limit occupancy to no…

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Whose shirts you wear

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Have you completed a census this year? I suppose there’s something slightly weird about reporting yourself to a government that knows if you don’t report yourself. I mean, if your household doesn’t fill out a form telling someone all about who lives in your house, someone somewhere knows you didn’t.…

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A message to the Class of 2020

HURN ON THE HILL      This time of year is always filled with excitement and celebration because we take the time to reflect on graduates from high school, technical school, trade schools, community colleges, universities and other types of educational institutions. While our celebrating will feel different than usual, that cannot and will not put a…

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