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Why did the blackouts happen during recent winter storms? Was it because of our wind turbines which produce 23% of the state’s energy? Was it a failure of our government officials? Was it just the extreme conditions? Was it our free-markets gone wrong?

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Editor’s note: This column was written Wednesday morning as power began to fail at The Daily Sentinel office. In the meantime, electricity has been restored to the office and the writer’s home.

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I was taking a nap Saturday afternoon when the phone rang. I shot up. It was my mother. Bad news, she said.

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I get literally hundreds of emails a day, a good portion of which are pitches from public relations companies for stories that are of little consequence for East Texas readers. I delete most of them, but last week, one caught my eye with the headline “Eggnog Voted Texas’s Favorite Christmas …

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The 2020 presidential election is chock full of drama and mudslinging, and voters are sounding off at the polls en masse in what’s expected to be a record shattering turnout in terms of sheer numbers of voters.

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The struggle of getting motorists to follow the state’s Move Over/Slow Down law is real, I learned last month as car after car whizzed past me and a courteous state trooper who was helping me change a tire.

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Last weekend, I took advantage of the gorgeous fall weather to engage in a bit of what I like to call history hunting, and it led me deep into two intriguing World War II stories.

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