Commentary

Saturday, Nov. 4, marked my 74th birthday. One of my problems is that I still think of myself as being 17, which my wife often observes is older than my behavior. Many relatives have passed away including parents, all aunts and uncles and several of my first cousins. In that we are in the 53rd year of our marriage, Carolyn’s family is also mine. Except for my mother-in-law and one aunt by marriage, all of the family I inherited from Carolyn is also gone. As in all families, out of time and order, we have also lost nieces and nephews.

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Brenda Cannon Henley

My boss for many years, Dr. John R. Rice, founder and editor of The Sword of the Lord, authored 368 books in his years on the earth. That is a greater number of books than the majority of people will ever read in a lifetime. He was prolific with pen and paper, but to me, his greatest strength was the fact that he could take a deep biblical truth and teach it in such a simple fashion so anyone in his audience could understand it.

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Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie:

I’ve spent years watching my youngest brother tear my family apart, and now I need to make it stop. Coming into high school, he was bratty, angsty and entitled, but he was also the baby of the family and, let’s face it, a teenage boy.

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Selectively applied Ferric Gray metallic accents sets BMW X4 M40i apart

The sculpted lines of the BMW X4 M40i give this Sports Activity Coupe a sleek, attractive appearance.

With a starting MSRP of $59,250 (for the 2018 model year), the exterior of the BMW X4 M40i is differentiated from other BMW X4 models, making it stand out as a clear member of the BMW M Performance family. Exclusive Ferric Gray metallic accents, such as in the accents on the front of the vehicle, as well as the optional 20-inch M double-spoke wheels and black chrome tailpipes on both sides, emphasize the unique character of the X4 M40i.

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Rosie the terrier

Rosie is a young, black/brindle female terrier mix. She may also have a dash of Chihuahua mixed in too. Rosie is quiet, very sweet and crate trained. She loves any attention she can get and will curl up in your lap. Rosie sits in the shelter lobby each day watching and waiting and hoping the next guest will pick her. So far, no luck. This girl is going to make a darling companion to take on car rides, evening walks, and be that quiet friend to watch all of those holiday movies with!

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Carl Parker

Those of us who live in a democratic, free society live under a basic contract. Our contract with the government is embodied in what we know as our constitutions. Our basic document in Texas is a constitution written in approximately 1877. It has undergone several hundred amendments; a major effort in 1977 to rewrite the whole thing failed. The Texas constitution is an instrument or contract we live under. Nov.

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control of medication falls under the lens in this week's Your Life, Your Health

Part 2 of our examination of CVS Health’s use of its PBM to limit the dispensing of opioids begins with one of two transmittal letters used to send this material to over 500 healthcare leaders and to 105 pharmacies in the Southeast Texas area.

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The story is told of a zoo that was noted for their great collection of different animals. One day the gorilla died, and to keep up the appearance of a full range of animals, the zookeeper hired a man to wear a gorilla suit and fill in for the dead animal. 

It was his first day on the job, and the man didn’t know how to act like a gorilla very well. As he tried to move convincingly, he got too close to the wall of the enclosure and tripped and fell into the lion exhibit.

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Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie:

I have three dogs. I love them and treat them well. In turn, I expect and receive good behavior. And I wish people wouldn’t assume that just because I have dogs, it’s fine for them to bring their dogs over when they come by my house.

I have had people bring dogs that have peed on my dogs’ beds, on walls, on a wicker chest. One even pooped in a bedroom. They have chewed and destroyed my dogs’ toys, too.

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Richard Alderman

Q. I have not had this arise, but I am still curious. Can a store demand to see a photo ID when I pay with a credit card? Some places ask, and many do not.

A. Until recently, the only law that controlled whether a store could ask for a photo ID from a customer was the contract between the credit card issuer and the merchant. For most credit cards, this contract prohibits asking for an ID if the card is signed. If the card is unsigned, the merchant has the right to demand to see a photo ID. Here is what each credit company contract says:

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