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All animals, including humans, need food, water, shelter, light and a suitable, if not always safe, environment. Competition among and between wild animals is ongoing in the great outdoors. Territory is established, trespassers are confronted, often bluffed and occasionally battled.

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Texas history is a rich vein, a past that is vibrant, often unique and definitely illuminating. Still, despite such a deep heritage, we must also recognize when accounts and past narratives have distorted, exaggerated and in many cases simply mythologized the record. Such examples are numero…

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The first of the year is always a time for new beginnings. I am thankful for the time to rest during the holidays, as resting my mind, body and soul is necessary for renewal.

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There is a great deal of controversy surrounding attempts by the government and state governments to control the spread of COVID-19. This seems a good time to consider attempts by the State of Texas to control the spread of disease.

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When the Civil War ended and with it the last vestiges of slavery in the United States, the newly freed slaves, termed “freedmen,” celebrated with the spirit of a people finally granted relief from a centuries-old prayer.

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Happy New Year! We are back in the office. We were greeted with a note of thanks that we want to share with you, to let you know the difference you make in our community. This is from a family who received a bicycle in a drawing at our Christmas Shared Blessings event.

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Dear Dave: I am following your plan, and recently became debt-free, but I have a question. When doing a monthly budget, should I figure in a specific category for car repairs and maintenance, or just use my emergency fund? — Ashleigh

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The Corporate Transparency Act passed by Congress is now in effect and is virtually unknown by many small businesses. Small (as well as large) business owners will now need to file a new report to the government.

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I’ve known for a long time there were mountain lions in our fields and forests here in East Texas. I’ve never seen one, but our neighbor — Kevin Bowden — caught a blurry head image of one on his game camera. He says their tracks are common near their pond a short distance from our home. Rudy…

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