Features

Every fall, industry releases its new “year” of models; we see new cars, new appliances — and new security software. Many (but not all) PC, Mac and smart device security software publishers typically allow the user of a 2012 version to upgrade to the 2013 version, often at no charge, for the balance of the original license period.

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As we move into the latter days of September and with both dove and teal seasons going full swing, it is also time for some great fishing. Both freshwater and saltwater action will begin an upward trend only to peak in late October or early November. Those anglers that do their thing in late September get in on the fall action before those who wait. With the water becoming a few degrees cooler, there will be some of the best topwater action since the early springtime. This is the case on both the freshwater and saltwater scenes.

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Last weekend’s teal opener was every bit as good as it was projected to be, and with the South Zone dove opener set for Friday, Sept. 21, this is shaping up to be one heck of a weekend to be outdoors with a shotgun.

Bobby and Alice Vaughan, who live just outside the Beaumont city limits, hunted a crawfish pond near China on Saturday’s teal opener and had quick limits for the entire family.

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As we mark the second week since the Beaumont Independent School District got caught letting a bigoted principal shut down an adult cosmetology class rather than admit a gay student, some things never seem to change. Once again a district functionary commits a clearly wrong act, triggering the typical BISD response – first deny, then lie.

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One of the things that sets America apart from most other countries is the freedom we enjoy to give our opinions and basically say what we want to say. The importance of this right was reflected in numerous quotes of Thomas Jefferson who placed freedom of speech and freedom of the press at the highest level of our constitutionally guaranteed liberties. The right to speak one’s mind was further reinforced by a revolutionary new concept in America when early on our Supreme Court ruled that truth was a defense to libel and slander.

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