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I was picking up one of the kids from local dentist James Chovanec’s office the other day (it was a checkup — no cavities, thank goodness) and he asked me what I was going to write about in this week’s column.

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Historically there is rarely a gap between national and international life threatening calamities. Some of them are real, some are imagined. Some are natural, some are man made.

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For many people, morning is a great time to start another day off on the right foot. But what happens if the early rise and shine is avoided?

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This is the question of the week. Which English word is most often misused in this country?

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A couple of years ago, one of the attractions at the Washington County Fair was a helicopter ride.

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Getting a chance to speak this week to Vanessa Smith and Nancy Maass of the Washington County Genealogical Society about their yeoman’s work on researching local history has had some unexpected dividends.

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In an era of limitless technology and information, life can feel at once empowering and overwhelming — especially when we feel pressured to be swamped. But just how busy are we, really?

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As I sat down to write this column, I was fascinated to learn that Saturday, Aug. 24, was designated as National Waffle Day.

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A serious domestic threat is being ignored. Actually, it is not being ignored. It is being encouraged by some local, state and national authorities.

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After a summer of video games and eating everything in sight, it’s time get your backpacks on and to pose for pictures, that will be blasted all over social media.

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I was walking out of H-E-B the other day, and a man who was also leaving looked at me and said, “It’s too darn hot. I’m going home and take a nap!”

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Which word is the more descriptive or appropriate? Is it hysterical, outrageous, irrational, unbelievable, stupid or just politics?

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Sports programs around Texas for high school and college began practices last week, and our sports editor Joe Alberico and I are doing our best to go see all of the area teams before the regular season starts.

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Let me introduce myself. I’m Derek Hall. I’ve been working here at The Banner-Press for a little over 19 and a half years now.

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At some point in my childhood, I acquired a small pewter cannon. I assume it was pewter, but at this point I can’t be sure because it doesn’t exist any more.

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A century ago, Will Rogers was the premier humorist. Politics was one of his favorite topics.

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“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? — it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”

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Naive is the word of the week. There is no better description of the Socialist-Democrats currently claiming the headlines.