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Allow me to reintroduce myself. I’m Daniel Spikes (known to some as Dan), born and raised in North Lufkin, son of Pastor Willie and Charlotte Spikes, brother to Willie and Jeanetta Spikes, and Lufkin High School graduate of 1996.

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In 1390 written in Old English, the poet/author Chaucer penned these words in "The Parson’s Tale" of "The Canterbury Tales": “And ofte tyme swich cursynge wrongfully retorneth agayn to hymthat curseth, as a bryd that retornth agayn to his owene nest."

As children, we often dream of becoming superstars, making it to the big leagues, living in luxurious homes, marrying our Prince Charming and becoming the next billionaire. For some, these dreams never come true. Life circumstances, situations and tribulations occur, and we find ourselves pl…

Do you remember this? It was a symbol, and symbolism is everything. It represented the workers trade union in Poland. It was the first independent trade union in a Warsaw pack country. You know, the good old communist buttress of the Soviet bloc that was part of the cold war answer to the we…

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines gratitude as "the state of being grateful, Thankfulness.” The dictionary lists five synonyms for the word: appreciation, appreciativeness, gratefulness, thankfulness and simply thanks.

I’m hoping that, by the time you look back at this, COVID-19 has stopped wreaking havoc on the world. So, like, we didn’t go extinct, right? I guess not if I’m reading this in the future. If humans had gone extinct, I guarantee I wouldn’t be one of the ones that survived. You already know.

Since March and the official understanding of the scope of this lingering global pandemic, best known as COVID-19, there has been a debate on the public use of masks. Like a familiar Shakespearean quote, the overlooming debate for many has been ... to mask or not to mask? ... that is the question!

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COVID-19 and George Floyd revealed something that most have missed, which is corporate America and the national security state. Local, state, city, county and sheriff policing agencies are now militarized. Which is backed up by the National Guard and its reserves. Active-duty troops can be u…

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Article 1. Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution contains the infamous three-fifths clause. This clause determined the number of members a state was allotted in the House of Representatives and the amount of direct taxes a state paid. This clause determined how people and money were counted. It…

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At some point in our American history many groups have been identified as part of the discriminated group: the Irish, African Americans, Middle Easterners, those of the LGBTQA community, various Asian people, members of the Hispanic Latinx community, Christians, Muslims and Jewish people. Ir…

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The primary season for the 2020 presidential election is upon us. The field of Democratic contenders that began with high double-digit hopefuls has been reduced by attrition and lack of funds to the select few who have endured and persevered, along with one newcomer who is making his presenc…

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It can be said that everything happens for a reason; no truer words have been spoken. It is true. It is also true that not all reasons are created by God or the universe. Sometimes the reason is created by us — we accidentally walked off the sidewalk or didn’t see the red light.

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The number 85,000 can be considered large, when applied to a particular context. It can be minuscule to a multi-millionaire; mere pocket change. To a person with minimal means, it’s a godsend, a “blessing,” or luck. But to God (depending upon who’s God), it’s probably not even a number. It d…

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I was recently engaged in an intense conversation with several brothers. The age range was roughly 40 to 75, and the topics covered everything from business and entrepreneurship to politics and religion.

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In preparation for this Christmas season and this article, I asked my great-nephew Michael McKenzie Jr. what the greatest Christmas song of the Christmas season is. He immediately said Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”