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The short goodbye...

This last week has been challenging. Death in the family is always difficult, but as the death comes to those who have been ill for quite some time or who are elderly, one is expected to be “ready.” That doesn’t happen. If you think the time is near, you feel guilty and ignore the warning signs.

Back to the magic valley...

Back to the magic valley...

For many decades, football-loving men gathered in coffee shops to dissect the previous Friday night’s schoolboy football games. There was more dissecting than coffee- drinking. Many may not have realized it, but those games--won, lost or tied-helped to unify community spirit.

Speaker opposes drive to end tenure

Speaker opposes drive to end tenure

House Speaker Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, said Friday he opposes a push by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to end tenure for new professors at the state’s public universities and to revoke it for faculty who teach critical race theory, the Austin American- Statesman reported. Phelan, speaking at the Texas Tribune Festival, said the feedback he has gotten indicates ending tenure would make it more difficult for universities to recruit professors. That includes those with conservative viewpoints, who benefit from tenure’s protection against being fired for openly sharing their ideology.

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