Though the Capitol has been closed to the public for most of this year, my staff is hard at work preparing for the upcoming legislative session. Though the session will surely look different this year due to the ongoing global pandemic, we are still focused on the needs of the state and our …

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Though the Capitol has been closed to the public for most of this year, my staff is hard at work preparing for the upcoming legislative session. Though the session will surely look different this year due to the ongoing global pandemic, we are still focused on the needs of the state and our …

God created Heaven and Earth (Genesis 1:1). The Earth is the Lord and the fullness thereof the world and they that dwell therein (Psalms 24:1). God loved the world (John 3:16, John 14:6). The Holy Bible is the written word of God. We are to study it (2 Timothy 2:15).

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I am thankful. Yes. I said it. And it’s not just a nod to Thanksgiving. I am so very thankful that I live in this community — one that is so warm, welcoming and caring.

It will take a miracle to save my country. To keep our Constitution and flag from being destroyed, torn or burnt.

Given the challenging year we’ve had, I’m especially grateful for the Thanksgiving holiday this season because it provides all of us a much-needed opportunity to reflect on our blessings with focused gratitude.

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I heard once that if you make a list of the positives and negatives in your life, the positives will likely outweigh the negatives. Of course, that might be determined by your own state of mind, life circumstances and whether the year is 2020.

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Imagine wanting to be foster parents to a child in need and then getting a call that your wish had come true. A 3-month-old-boy needed care and was ready to be brought home, but with a complication: The young child was infected with COVID-19.

With the holidays just around the corner, many of us are gearing up for Black Friday sales, thumbing through seasonal catalogs, window shopping downtown, perusing the web, and scouring our many fabulous local businesses to make sure we get just the right gift for everyone on our list.

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Red Ribbon Week is all about raising awareness about the dangers of drugs. However, most of the factual information about drugs starts being taken seriously in the early high school years. Small amounts of awareness are starting at early stages, but we need to do a better job of educating ch…

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During the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving Day, each of us is more focused on showing gratitude. John Milton, author and poet, wrote, “Gratitude bestows reverence ... changing forever how we experience life and the world.”

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Did you know that tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States? Each year, smoking accounts for 443,000 premature deaths and, according to the American Cancer Society, thousands of non-smokers die as a result of exposure to secondhan…

I am so proud of the opportunity to be the superintendent of schools at Lufkin ISD, where the students consistently demonstrate excellence.

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It is indeed highly gratifying to have been able to witness this phase of American history. The contentious back and forward confrontations created interest and, to a certain degree, satisfaction.

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More than 130 million people and two-thirds of adults in the United States regularly use prescription drugs. A recent string of lawsuits against Purdue Pharma resulted in their bankruptcy declaration largely due to the cost associated with the settlements.

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Well, 2020 has been one for the books. While some may still be hesitant about venturing out, I encourage you not to delay your health care. As we round out this year, I remind you to take advantage of your insurance benefits. Now is the time to direct your attention to outstanding health car…

In every reference I have seen in the Polk County Enterprise, billboards and in discussions with local citizens one would think that there is no downside to gambling be it legal or illegal. How things have changed since the days of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and similar organizat…

I need my voice to be heard. There is no doubt that the deep state is hard at work. My wife has a good friend who is a mom, wife and grandmother, but Facebook has warned her she will be restricted if she posts something else that they feel should be censored. This evening some cable news cha…

Texas has the second-highest population of veterans in the country — nearly 1.5 million — and many of these veterans are poor or homeless.

The 2020 election is over. We’ve made our choice for the top of the ticket and any number of other down ballot races. It may be we still don’t know the outcome of the presidential election when this column is printed. Regardless — hear me now — life must goes on.

With the 2020 election finally behind us, I want to express my sincere gratitude to the fine folks of House District 57 for entrusting me to continue serving as your state representative. It is the honor of a lifetime to be your voice in Austin, and I want you to know — whether you voted for…

OK, I did my part. It took maybe 20 minutes for me to do so, and about half of those minutes were spent visiting someone I knew. I exercised my right as an American citizen: I voted early, beat the traffic and the lines, and cast my ballot for the people I wanted to represent me.

November 2020 is going to be an exciting month. Yes, it caps a tumultuous presidential election, still days away as of writing, but more importantly, deer season is open.

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Halloween is over, and we want to thank everyone who came out for the great Halloween Festival at The Stand farmers market on Halloween. Lots of candy, cookies and prizes at the cake walk, duck pond, bowling and other games. DJ Debbie Richardson provided some great music, Splash Kingdom from…