Commentary

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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Pearce the Cat

Meet Pearce, a beautiful adult gray cat with gorgeous green eyes that will pierce your soul! Pearce is handsome and will adorn any piece of furniture in your home gorgeously! He loves to sit and observe but when playtime comes around, look out! He is definitely a man after your heart. Pearce has been at the shelter since early October, and it’s shocking no one has shown any interest in this sweet cat.

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Carl Parker

History is filled with the accounts of attempts to meld religion and government, and the subsequent wars. Lessons are to be learned from the crusades and the Spanish Inquisition. We should remember why the pilgrims left England and came to America. Kings tried to mandate the choice of religions for hundreds of years. And there are those today who would have the U.S. government do the same thing.

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Fiat 500 Pop

Italian at heart and rooted in a rich heritage, the Fiat 500 features a sleek, modern design. For 2017, Fiat simplifies its 500 lineup to three trim levels: Pop, Lounge and Abarth. Additionally, all trim levels are available as a 500 Cabrio.

Fiat design

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The 2017 Ram 1500 brings its unique style and personality to the full-size truck segment. With a starting MSRP of $26,495, the Ram 1500 is available in multiple trims, along with various cabs (Regular, Quad and Crew) and cargo boxes (5-foot-7, 6-4 and 8 feet) to fit different needs.

Additionally, the 2017 Ram 1500 offers seating for up to six, interior dimensions include rear legroom of 34.7-inches (Quad Cab) and 40.3-inches (Crew Cab); rear shoulder room of 65.7-inches (Quad and Crew Cab); and rear hip room of 62.9-inches (Quad Cab) and 63.2-inches (Crew Cab).

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