Columns and Opinion

White House docs show Texas and 17 other states in COVID-19 “red zone”

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This article was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit newsroom based in Washington, D.C., https://publicintegrity.org/ An unpublished document prepared for the White House Coronavirus Task Force and obtained by the Center for Public Integrity suggests more than a dozen states should revert to more stringent protective measures, limiting social gatherings to 10 people or fewer, closing bars and gyms and asking residents to wear masks at all times. Story highlights: -The document, dated July 14 says 18 states are in the “red zone” for COVID-19 cases, meaning they had more than 100 new cases per 100,000 population last week.

The Idle American

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It still lurks in my mind’s “crannies,” jumping to the forefront of my thoughts more often than I’d like. It was a single sentence--uttered by someone whose name I don’t know--imparting an important truth usually requiring paragraphs, chapters or even volumes.

Letter to the Editor

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Dear Editor, I would like to shout out a great big thank you to the citizens of San Saba County [and some who came in from other counties] for the great blood drive that was held on Tuesday, July 7th! This was our first blood drive since January. As with everything else, our April drive had to be cancelled due to COVID-19, and we had 33 people come to donate.

Pet Talk

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If you’re looking for a unique, low-cost pet that enjoys a relaxed lifestyle, a pet turtle or tortoise may be for you.

Doug's Doorstep

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Have you ever needed something and were saddened because you didn’t have it? I think most of us have been there some in our lives. At the same time, have we ever needed anything and did not realize we already had it?

The Root of the Problem

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Despite the upheavals across our land, I have learned that life simply goes on. My wife sent me a text yesterday about a clogged commode. It is rarely coincidental that when grandkids visit, toilets have problems. In their defense, this particular sewage line has a history with menacing roots. Though the kids are an easy blame, the roots are the heart of the problem. Until I deal with the roots, I can expect issues.

La Palabra de Dios Dice

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Joel 1:1-3 Palabra de Jehová que vino a Joel, hijo de Petuel. Oíd esto, ancianos, y escuchad, todos los moradores de la tierra. ¿Ha acontecido esto en vuestros días, o en los días de vuestros padres? De esto contaréis a vuestros hijos, y vuestros hijos a sus hijos, y sus hijos a la otra generación.