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Mac’s View

It’s time to be thankful While 2020 has been an unusual stressful year with the current pandemic, it’s time for everyone to be thankful for what we do have. Having a big festival meal with family and friends may not be the best way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year as it appears COVID-19 is still…

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Opinion: Walter Williams

Correct Diagnostics Needed You present to a physician with severe abdominal pain. He examines you and concludes that your ingrown toenails are the cause of your abdominal distress. He prescribes that you soak your feet in warm water but that does not bring relief to your abdominal pain. Then he suggests that you apply antibiotics…

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The 501 by Hanaba Munn Welch

Farm hikers are different breed(s) Take a hike. If I were going to turn the farm into a tourist attraction, Take a Hike is the name I’d choose. Hiking is in. It’s pandemically acceptable, to boot. (Yes, “pandemically” is a word. I checked. I just misused it.) Our farm happens to have a network of…

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Opinion by Ross Ramsey

Sin taxes may be answer for state budget Ross Ramsey/The Texas Tribune By Ross Ramsey Texas budget writers will start out billions of dollars short in 2021. New sin taxes might spell relief. Name your vice: Pot? Casinos? Online betting? Lobby signings and bill filings already point to activity there. Other sources are available, but…

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Pet Talk

Discourage cats from hunting rodents College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University— The image of a cat hunting mice is as classic as their love of milk and yarn or their dislike of water and dogs. While we may be familiar with this archetype, in practice, the hunting of rodents can expose…

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Financial Focus by Jared Bodkin

Managing your retirement plan under a new employer Your employer-sponsored retirement plan is a valuable asset. But sometimes things happen that can affect the status of your plan. So, for example, if you work for a hospital that changes ownership, and you have been participating in a 403(b), 457(b) or 401(k) retirement plan, what should…

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Mac’s views

Pay it forward I recently came across an interesting way that someone paid it forward by helping someone else and wanted to share it. Checking out at the grocery store, one man waited patiently at least six feet away, practicing social distancing as recommended during the pandemic. Another customer cut in front of him, maybe…

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Opinion: Walter Williams

Should Blacks Support Destruction of Charter Schools? The academic achievement gap between black and white students has proven resistant to most educational policy changes. Some say that educational expenditures explain the gap, but is that true? Look at educational per pupil expenditures: Baltimore city ranks fifth in the U.S. for per pupil spending at $15,793.…

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The 501 by Hanaba Munn Welch

Cilantro pandemic predicament Cilantro. As greenery goes, it comes in small bunches. But unless you’re making about four pounds of guacamole plus a gallon of pico de gallo, it’s hard to use all you buy. If you live alone, eating perishables before they expire is always challenging. Add one spouse (I’m thinking Hanaba plus Hugh),…

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Benjamin News

By Gladene Green This has been a very uneventful week. Daily trips to Wichita Falls for radiation and a trip to a doctor or two has been what’s going on with me. Treatments are going well, and doctors are very satisfied with my progress, and that’s what it’s all about. With Veterans’ Day coming in…

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