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I moved to Jacksonville in 1982 – 40 years ago, and came to work for Beall’s department stores. Being a damn Yankee who grew up in Upstate New York, and having always lived in large cities; Jacksonville was quite a change. Small town cultures are quite different from the big city life style …

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Sometimes justice delayed is still justice. That was the case this week for Judy Huth, who met once-beloved comedian Bill Cosby back in 1975 and was 16 years old when he sexually assaulted her while giving her a tour of the Playboy Mansion. A California jury found that Cosby intentionally ca…

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Real estate sale transactions are quite a complicated production. Unless you buy and sell real estate with some frequency, you will be blown away by the all the associated expenses.

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Journalists are not the story in Uvalde. They are there to tell the story of Uvalde, following a tragedy that will always remain beyond comprehension.

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Let’s all try to spend today and the rest of our lives more wisely. With rising inflation, we are all having to spend our hard-earned paychecks with care. Life is the same.

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In the polls at least, the Supreme Court is no longer the respected institution that it once was.

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What can you say about the president's gallop to decarbonize the economy other than "giddyap"? Climate change is an existential threat to this country and world.

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Adding a new pet/s to the family is always a joyous occasion. Little ones are usually very entertaining to say the least. Then, in what seems like a blink of an eye, the years with them come and go. Something special happens during those years—a bonding between pet and person. A bond that wi…

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“Our mind is a garden our thoughts are seeds, we can plant flowers or we can plant weeds.” This old saying means we choose what we think about and are responsible for the thoughts we allow to grow. We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust our sails. We decide each moment what we will say…

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The collective “whoosh” sweeping across the nation this month is the sound of school leaders exhaling, most of them having awarded diplomas, seen graduates throw caps skyward and watch them depart--ready or not--to face the great unknown.

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The bluest state in the nation is bleeding red. 

A bad habit in our public discourse is to simplify voter behavior according to party labels. Thus, we have a semiclueless headline in The New York Times that reads: "California Sends Democrats and the Nation a Message on Crime."

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Jacksonville is known for tomatoes, Tomato Fest and the Tomato Bowl.  What addition could be added and be unique? Big 665 lb. concrete tomatoes! 

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As I recently wrote to my clients, there are several pieces of evidence to suggest a bear market is upon us.

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As most of us know property values for the year 2021 shot up an average of 20 percent and that has many people worried about their taxes, which we won’t know about until the bills come out in October. 

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Since a healthy relationship with the Lord is associated with the level of our spiritual joy, we can know that a lifestyle of encouragement will depend on controlling the way we think.

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Minds’ gristmills generally become unhinged--if not totally off the rails--on items of recent history. But their recollection of long-ago happenings may confound friends, and perhaps amaze whoever is doing the recollecting.

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An unusual split on the Supreme Court this week put at least a temporary halt to enforcement of a conservative-backed state law prohibiting Big Tech from removing posts based on their views.

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The Bob’s Burgers Movie (PG-13, 102 minutes) brings to the big screen the popular TV animated comedy series about a mom and pop restaurant, with stories about the people in their little world.

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It’s obvious that Americans are torn into shreds over the gun issue. There is no perfect answer. However, doing nothing isn’t working to save the next group of children begging for help in 911 calls.

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The super attendance numbers for "Top Gun: Maverick" has theater owners flying at Mach 10. Sequel to the 1986 "Top Gun," the action picture scored the biggest opening ever for the Memorial Day weekend

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By the time I took my place in the tomato patch during the 1960’s, most of the packing sheds had been converted to other uses.... These were the days of the “pink deal.”

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This has been an emotional and difficult week in Texas, but it isn’t as though we aren’t familiar with this type of tragedy. In fact, many have become numb to another American community being ripped apart.

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Life is filled with challenges and situations that lure us into bad attitudes but for the serious Christian, it’s the forgiveness of Christ that can teach us and lead us into the peace that passes all understanding.

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In 1845, poetess Elizabeth Barrett tried to count the ways she loved Robert Browning, her suitor and eventual husband. Her heralded message came through with clarity in her poem, “How Do I Love Thee?”

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The right to counsel in criminal cases is fundamental. Even schoolchildren can recite the famous warning: You have a right to be represented by counsel, and if you can't afford a lawyer, one will be appointed to represent you.

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This week we mourn the loss of 21 Texans in a horrific shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Words can not adequately express our grief and we offer prayers of comfort to the families affected, the community, and our state.

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As I reflect back on my 72 years in Jacksonville, Texas, I think of all the people who have made me what I am today. From the pillars in our community, to the guidance from those in my Church, and to the wonderful people from JISD who raised me, nurtured me, and worked beside me, what a grea…

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Warren Buffett famously said, "Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked." What the Oracle of Omaha meant was that when markets are booming, people who take unwise risks can still do OK. When conditions go south, those who invested or borrowed recklessly often fin…

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Memorial means to “remember” and every year on the last Monday in May, we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives in the line of active military service while protecting and defending the country they loved.

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Congratulations on approving the sale of one of the only two public areas (parks) on the lake. You have closed any and all areas for picnicking, fishing and quite family enjoyment at the lake. 

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I’m not a native of Jacksonville, Texas, but as they say, “I got here as fast as I could.” However, I’m a native of Texas, born in Grapeland and raised in Pasadena. During my years in the Houston area, my family spent a lot of time visiting East Texas because my parents were from Grapeland and Elkhart. While growing up in Pasadena, I always dreamed of living in East Texas.

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There are times when it becomes necessary to find a new home for a family pet. 

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Chronic knee pain is a common problem in both the young and older adult population. Often, knee pain is associated with knee injuries and/or arthritis. The good news is there are a variety of treatments for knee pain.

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I find Janet's article about the cons of Single-Payer Healthcare to be extremely disingenuous. She writes that taxes will be increased, which is true, but it ignores the fact that people will no longer be paying the premiums for their health insurance.

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Many people today are struggling with the stress of everyday living and many feel lonely, depressed, and sad, but whatever you are going through today, be encouraged to know that God is able to take care of you. 

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The memory is lodged in my brain’s recesses, as closely as mistletoe clings to mesquite trees. Our parents--neither with educational opportunities beyond high school--provided commonsense counsel for my brother and me.

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