Commentary

If you read this column on a regular basis, you may think this article is a contradiction compared to the one I wrote recently urging our readers not to quit. That writing had to do with not giving up, not letting go, trying one more time, and hanging in there. This week, I am urging us to quit some things. Life is a complex mixture of hanging in there and being wise enough to know when to let go of things that hold us back, and in some cases, people who hinder our progress and happiness.

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Q. I owe a lot of money and can’t pay my bills. My largest debt is for a student loan. I have been told that even if I file bankruptcy, I will still owe my student loans. Is this true?

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Gift of Life client; Beaumont Health Department representative Mary Alexander, R

H-E-B and Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas teamed up with the Gift of Life to provide free clinical breast exams and mammograms to more than 30 medically underserved Southeast Texas women Wednesday, July 6, on the UTMB mobile mammography van at the new Beaumont Health Department.

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Q. I am moving out of my apartment. I know a landlord cannot deduct from a security deposit for “normal wear and tear.” What is normal wear and tear? Does the statute have a definition?

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I remember when I was a very young Christian getting discouraged about a matter within our church family. I went to the pastor’s office and talked with him a good while about the incident and asked for prayer and instruction. Because my husband and I worked on the church staff, Dr. Hutson was not only my spiritual leader, but my employer. My needs concerned him and he wanted to help. He wisely gave me sage advice that I have tried to remember since that time.

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Stop clowning around and get down to the shelter to adopt Clarabelle! Clarabelle is a 1-year 8-month old Terrier mix. She was first adopted from the shelter when she was a little pup but recently her adopters brought her back. This was due to no fault of Clarabelle. She has a beautiful russet and brown coat with handsome white bib and socks. She is a small dog and ever so sweet!

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When Jon and Phoebe Bassana found rolls and rolls of blueprints tucked away in a built-in storage cabinet of their new home, they had no idea that the Beaumont residence had ties to a renowned University of Texas professor of architecture. 

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Nonmedical use of prescription opioids more than doubled among adults in the United States from 2001-02 to 2012-13, based on a new study from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health.

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As college-bound students pack their bags to move into the dorm, the physicians of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) want to remind them about an important and required vaccination. Texas law requires almost all new and transfer college students under age 22 to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease at least 10 days before classes begin, or to show proof of vaccination within the previous five years.

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“Remember His marvelous works that He hath done, His wonders and the judgments of His mouth” (1 Chronicles 16:12).

My friend, Dr. Ron English, a man of God with whom I worked for many years, sent this thought to me today, and it is fitting because another friend asked me this week what got me through the really rough spots of life. 

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