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I have long been a proponent of free software. Much of the free software available is often as good, if not superior to, its commercial competitors. Many of the free software products are written by altruistic individuals in order to solve a particular problem or to fill a specific niche, while many others are free versions of commercial software where the publisher hopes that the users will be so satisfied with the free version that they willfully upgrade to the paid version, which often offers additional features.

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My friend and neighbor on Bolivar, Rusty Cluck, pulls some mighty big words out of his hat from time to time. I confess up front that I got this one and the idea for this column when reading something he wrote recently. He told a woman to “enjoy her schadenfreude,” and I wanted to be certain I understood what it meant. The woman writer has an overly offensive attitude and she is at her worst when writing.

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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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Q. I have stopped paying my car note. The debt has been turned over to a collection agency. The collection agency is now threatening to sue me for the full amount I owe. I told them to come and get the car, but they refused. Do they have to take the car back when I don’t pay?

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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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