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The words of the Texas Public Information Act don’t exactly roll off the tongue like fine poetry, but there is beauty in this law:

“Under the fundamental philosophy of the American constitutional form of representative government that adheres to the principle that government is the servant and not the master of the people, it is the policy of this state that each person is entitled, unless otherwise expressly provided by law, at all times to complete information about the affairs of government and the official acts of public officials and employees.

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Now that the party primaries are mostly behind us with only a few July 31 runoffs standing between voters and the November elections, there is ample cause for concern for a political landscape that has been radically altered by the Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case. The ruling that corporations have the same free speech rights as individuals would have confounded the Founding Fathers, even in a time before such massive wealth was concentrated in so few hands.

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Memorial Day Weekend is here again. For many, the holiday has become a three-day excursion of sun, fun, barbecue and beer that unofficially closes the curtain on the school year and ushers in what promises to be another hot and humid Southeast Texas summer. But don’t forget what makes Memorial Day the symbol of freedom that it is – the men and women who have died for this country, who served and continue to serve these United States.

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The selection of Dr. Timothy Chargois as the new superintendent of the Beaumont Independent School District was greeted with a sigh of relief by beleaguered citizens who hoped the unanimous vote on the usually divided Board of Trustees signaled a new day at BISD. That might ultimately prove to be the case, but as Ringo Starr once sang, “It don’t come easy.”

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Standing up to Joe ‘Quarterback,’ the bully
 

Dr. E. Jean Pierre-Pipkin was an educator in Beaumont for 45 years. Now 76 years old, the petite woman is retired but her memory is sharp as a tack, and she has not forgotten the brutal actions visited upon her in 2005 at age 70 by Jefferson County Constable for Precinct 6 Joe “Quarterback” Stevenson, who currently wants voters to elect him sheriff.

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