Commentary

No one puts on a show like Mother Nature. Yesterday afternoon on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, Ted and I were treated to a more than three-hour performance by the best she had to offer. We were fishing and happily catching lots of different “things” from the Gulf. I’ve always said the best part of fishing the Gulf is not knowing what might be on the end of that line when you feel a strong tug, work the catch, and finally see it break water. It could be a beautiful silver fish, some with bright colors glowing in the sun.

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I’m as much of a competitor as anyone I know. I love to play the game and win if at all possible, but I don’t always come out the victor. There are times when I play against someone that is simply more intelligent than I am or happens to get the better hand or draw. That’s what makes playing games, cards, contests, or quizzes so much fun for most people. If one is going to win every time, then really what’s the use of playing?

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Every day throughout the community, the question put to me is always the same: Are they ever going to indict this group at BISD?

Many believe nothing is happening beyond the Calvin Walker indictment and are asking why there isn’t a full-scale federal investigation of Beaumont Independent School District.

People want to know who can they write, call or go see. They are asking if we should form a contingent of concerned community members to go to Houston, Austin or even Washington, D.C.

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Erin Fluke, a 2008 graduate of West Brook High School and a double major in business honors and finance at Texas A&M University, recently began a summer 2011 internship in Washington, D.C. Erin will spend the summer as an integral part of the Department of Commerce's Office of Strategic Partneships.

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Q. I need to sue someone in small claims court. I know there is a “statute of limitations” for how long you have to file suit. What is the time period for small claims court?

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Strong competition is good for the consumer. In the heavily fought browser wars, Firefox 4 has been closing the gap with current industry leader Internet Explorer, partially since the new and improved IE 9 is incompatible with Windows XP while Firefox 4 will run on almost all platforms. Also in the race for browser supremacy is Google, which recently released version 12 of its popular Chrome browser. Chrome has developed a large and loyal following, and many have sworn off (and swear at) Internet Explorer, and to a lesser extent, Firefox.

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The news has been dominated by stories about the dangers of the Internet. Just in recent days, we have heard of major banks losing the personal information of hundreds of thousands of account holders, a congressman’s indiscretions on a social networking Web site, hackers accessing thousands of accounts at a major retailer, and many other mass data breaches that may result in wholesale identity theft.

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Sometimes, despite our best efforts, it seems impossible to remove the spyware and other malware from our computers. Despite their efficacy, there are just some times that the traditional and proven malware killers will not be able to neutralize the malware on our computers. While some of the so-called “experts” simply give up and reformat the hard drive, resulting in the loss of any programs and files on the computer (unless properly backed up), this is not an appropriate step in trying to restore the computer.

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Q. I have lived with my boyfriend for almost seven years. People have told us that if we live together for more than seven years we will have a common law marriage. We don’t want to be married. Should we just live apart for a few weeks and then move back in together? How long do we have to live apart?

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If you have downloaded many documents from the Internet, you have likely come across many that are in PDF format. Portable Document Format (PDF) has been around for almost 20 years, and has become the de facto standard document format that embeds text, fonts and graphics into the document, such that it will appear the same regardless of the operating system on the computer.

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