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I first met Alec Johnson in 7th Grade, more than 50 years ago, as we both grew up in a Long Island suburb of New York City. Alec, as the rest of us, spent much of his junior and senior high school years developing his personality, finding his place in the world, and discovering which ideals …

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This upcoming month we will celebrate two important holidays. The first being the Fourth of July to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The second is National Pecan Pie Day on July 12. Pecan pie also happens to be the State Pie of Texas. So while you shoot off firewo…

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Editor’s note: A version of this column first appeared on Christmas Eve 2017. It has been adapted to reflect the current situation in America as managing editor Josh Edwards is on vacation.

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When examining racial inequality, COVID-19, and substance abuse treatment, you may think that these are all separate issues. Unfortunately, a recent study by the Office of Behavioral Health Equity (OBHE) illustrates how these three things are all related and how they negatively affect the Bl…

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Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of columns dealing with Confederate imagery and why it is so important to some and so hurtful to others.

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HOUSTON — Despite ample time to prepare, I wasn’t ready when my time came to stand before the body of George Floyd.

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These last few days and weeks many of us are feeling overwhelmed. Already exhausted from grief, vigilance and safety precautions to keep from spreading COVID-19, we have been shocked by the blatant police brutality and killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the police shooting of Breonna Ta…

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