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We Texans have a nationwide reputation, if not worldwide, for about bragging Texas. Unfortunately, there are some areas where our state leads that we do not, and should not, be bragging about. These areas need legislative and leadership intervention.

Texas leads in the number of low paid workers. While we boast about the spectacular growth, or the Texas miracle, mainly stemming from our oil industry, Texas still lags the nation in pay for people who live by the sweat of their brow.

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Carl Parker

My father was never able to finish high school, having to drop out to help feed the family. Nevertheless, he taught me many valuable lessons that have stuck with me over the years. One of his sayings was, “You can’t borrow your way out of debt.” 

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Carl Parker

There has been much discussion concerning the recently adopted tax measure by our Congress. Our president claims he has given us all a great Christmas present. The question is, has he given us a valuable gift, or a lump of coal?

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1940 by Susan Dunn

I have recently finished reading a book by Susan Dunn titled “1940.” It’s basically about political events occurring in the year before Franklin Roosevelt ran for a third term. Much of the book is about attitudes concerning Nazi Germany’s conquest of Europe and the concerns of Americans about getting in – or staying out of – the conflict. Though I have read quite a bit from that historical period, it is still somewhat shocking to revisit the history of how involved Germany was in trying to influence American opinion and politics.

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Carl Parker

Several years ago, I had a friend who was a great golfer. In fact, for many years he held the course record on one of the municipal courses here in Port Arthur. My friend was given to entering serious golf tournaments around East Texas and once told me a story about what happened to him upon entering a tournament in Center, Texas.

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