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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.

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One of my best July 4 memories come from years ago, when my cousin Junior and I would camp out on the banks of the Yegua Creek as it flowed through Lee County and catch fish.

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Wednesday and Thursday nights were more scary than any Halloween in memory. Where did those aliens come from? Which of the planets or trillions of other heavenly bodies is their home?

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It didn’t surprise me at all when I read in John Stanley’s obituary that he rode a horse on his 99th birthday.

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Here is a heads up so you will not be too surprised. In the near future you will see a headline and short piece like this in the news media:

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I grew up in a rural setting out in the middle of nowhere. The closest house was about a half-mile down the road, and my aunt, her husband and their six kids lived there.

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The backyards of all but one of my neighbors are enclosed with high privacy fences. The one exception is one of my next door neighbors. The only barrier between our yards is a flower bed.

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Memorial Day, the last Monday in May set aside to honor America’s armed service personnel who gave their lives for their country, was celebrated last Monday.

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The belief that history repeats itself is not always correct. About one quarter of the last century of our country’s history is not likely to resurface.

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— Jerry Seinfeld

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The attempt several weeks ago to raise a reward fund for finding brain cells in our nation’s capitol was an utter failure. So let’s try another tack.