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’Tis the season for holiday programs and pageants. Every parent, grandparent and squirmy sibling will spend at least one evening packed into a school auditorium or stuffed into an undersized classroom chair watching a parade of plays and eating potluck.

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People who regularly read my columns know how frustrated I get with our government — now working during the holiday season to tear things apart by impeaching our president.

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Who has seen the annual Subaru “Share the Love” commercials? The commercials have provided a great view into the reason they support a few specific nonprofit organizations annually. This year, once again, Meals on Wheels America is one of those organizations.

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There’s good news for the Kerrville City Council but we’re sensing big political vulnerability coming up in 2020 as the Council is inevitably faced with a workforce housing decision that could be problematic.

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with good food, family, fun and friends. I had a great time with my family and great food, too. We were missing a couple of our loved ones this year, and that made it a little hard, but together is how family gets through these things. 

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What is it that is key to “ties that bind”? First and foremost, of course, are strong family ties; I feel very blessed in my family. Regarding friendships, the first group in my adult life that formed an exceptionally strong bond involved seven would-be Foreign Service secretaries who arrive…

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If one is forced to discuss only one issue having to do with the natural world that best describes Aldo Leopold’s philosophy as well as his greatest contribution to conservation, I believe it would have to be the concept that he referred to as the “Land Ethic.” 

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As a family violence program, the Hill Country Crisis Council is deeply saddened by the violence that resulted in the death of a local woman that occurred at the Walmart, located in Kerrville on Monday, November 18, 2019.“We have suffered another act of violence that impacts those that cared…

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In a time of crisis, it’s an important reminder to be grateful for our law enforcement community. When word of the shooting at Kerrville Walmart spread, police and deputies responded in force to the store, helping evacuate employees, while searching the store for a possible suspect. 

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Column provides laughs and reminders that we are blessedIf you haven’t read the wonderful column that John Moore has in the Times, please read it in Monday’s paper, as his column relates to us baby boomers in very funny ways, but Monday’s Nov. 18 was a reminder to give thanks in all ways as …

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If you love music, 2020 might be a great year for live music with several super groups reuniting for shows, including Eagles, who will feature Vince Gill. However, we posed a Facebook question to see if our readers were more interested in the Doobie Brothers or Motley Crue — both reforming a…

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What weird weather we have been having: cold for a few days and then warm for the others. That’s the great part about living in Texas. If you don’t like the weather, just wait 30 minutes and it will change. 

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When you look at the most recent Texas Education Agency ratings involving schools across the state, there are some clear examples of what’s working and not working, but in Kerrville, B.T. Wilson Sixth Grade School’s performance was a head-scratcher to many of us. 

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You might think of Ingram as the girl who wasn’t so popular in high school and maybe had a bit of a reputation. But when you saw her at the reunion some years later, she had morphed into an attractive woman, on a track to success — and all the fellas were wanting her number.

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Climate change is one of the most challenging political questions of our time, and how to handle it remains divise. However, poll after poll seems to point a picture of concern among many Americans, including right here in Kerrville. 

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A couple of weeks ago, I had a chance to interview National Museum of the Pacific War Director Rorie Cartier and Chris McDougal, who heads up the Fredericksburg-based museum’s archives and collections.

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I can roll perfect dinner rolls with either hand. At the same time.

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When Kerr County Commissioners made a controversial decision to close the county’s animal shelter on Saturdays, because of the circumstances surrounding the decision, it has called into quesiton the transparency of the court.

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A poll by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune found that 66% of Texans believe climate change is happening. Only 23% say it’s not happening and the rest were undecided. Like a poll asked by the same group on immigration, the divisions of opinion are split sharply along political …

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He almost didn’t get it. It took him three years to wear the man down, but my dad finally talked him into selling the truck.

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The piece, “Split By Bias” (KDT, 11/7/19), implies that Republicans are opposed to immigration because they are biased against foreign immigrants. Some may be, but I think most have a rational concern that those immigrants pose a threat to historical American values because they emigrate fro…

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A few weeks ago, I visited with a friend from the Chicago area. He was a military policeman in Vietnam and is now a veterans service officer for his Veterans of Foreign Wars post. He assists veterans in filing claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Today’s Hits and Misses offers a wide range of things to consider from the last week, and that’s not surprising, considering we just had an important election with the Texas Constitution and the city of Kerrville charter. 

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Last week, the fruits of our nation’s fiscal irresponsibility was on full display as we topped $23 trillion in debt. In response to such a sad achievement, I introduced a simple piece of legislation titled the “Know Debt Resolu-tion,” which would place debt clocks in the main meeting rooms o…

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Daylight Savings Time — some like it and some don’t. I absolutely love the “Fall Back” day. Not for the extra hour of sleep, but for the extra hour of getting things accomplished. 

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On Saturday, Nov. 2, my vehicle left me stranded on Schreiner Street. As I was walking home, an alert motorist noticed my situation. Upon learning of my problem, Bessie Fifer drove me to my house on Westminster Street.

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My favorite columnist, WSJ’s Peggy Noonan, thus titled her recent column, which posed questions for Republican supporters. I will give some answers and comments. 

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More significant penalties are needed for reoffenders  

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Beginning with today’s column, I plan to be writing about the words and philosophy of Aldo Leopold about once a month. I am inspired to do this first by my great affection for his philosophy as it pertains to man and nature, and also by my friend and mentor Steve Nelle, who is also a great f…