Opinion

The United Postal Service was created by the Continental Congress in 1775 under the leadership and espousal of Benjamin Franklin. It has existed ever since, furnishing a variety of convenient services to the people of America for well over 200 years.

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The fight between The Examiner Newspaper and the city of Beaumont over records from the night Kendrick Perkins was arrested has little to do with Perkins and everything to do with city attorney Tyrone Cooper’s actions to keep the documents secret.

For months, Cooper has fought the newspaper and others to keep videos showing Perkins’ arrest from ever being viewed. Why? Most likely because Perkins let loose with a slew of curse words and incendiary remarks before and after he was taken into custody, according to police at the scene.

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Of late, in conversations with my conservative leaning friends, I have detected a greater frequency of the use of the term “socialism.” From our extensive conversations, I am somewhat skeptical as to whether some of these friends really know the true definition of socialism. Webster, Wikipedia and others simply describe socialism as a method of government by which the government controls the means of production and distribution of wealth. As to distribution of wealth, the current tax system that favors the rich over the middle class is clearly a method of distributing wealth.

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“Government ought to be all outside and no inside. … Everybody knows that corruption thrives in secret places,and avoids public places, and we believe it a fair presumption that secrecy means impropriety.”

– Woodrow Wilson, U.S. President

Last week was what is known as Sunshine Week in Texas – a time when governmental agencies are supposed espouse the importance of open dialogue and access to public documents and foster a more open relationship with the public.

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In the early 1960s in Texas, homeowner paid lower property taxes on their homes than homeowners in 45 other states. Currently, Texas property taxes are among the highest in the nation. There are several reasons for this change.

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Lack of participation at election time is counterproductive to the efficient operation of a democracy. Theoretically, the more people who vote and participate in the selection of our leaders, the better the result should be. There are even some fledgling democracies in the world who make it mandatory that their citizens vote. While I doubt if such a proposition would fly in the United States, our various levels of government should not engage in activity that would discourage or diminish the number of people voting.

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For the second time in as many weeks, The Examiner has uncovered an audit submitted to the Texas Education Agency that was changed after the board approved it.

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When I was growing up, I had a considerable amount of contact with my aunts, uncles and cousins. We lived not far apart, and my first cousins were more like my brothers and sisters than cousins. Growing into my teen years, I became more aware of my religion mainly due to the fact my mother, being a strict Baptist, had attempted to raise me as such. Because of differences in the denominations of many of my relatives, many of our visits would erupt into a great theological argument.

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Shocking! A representative of the law firm that has helped the Beaumont Independent School District secretly settle lawsuits for less than $50,000 so they wouldn’t have to be made public is now recommending the board not involve members of the community in its search for a new school superintendent.

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People in companies with all the money have been dubbed “job creators” by the conservative faction in America. In the past two years, corporations in America have reaped record profits in the billions. They are doing better financially now than they ever have in the history of this country. Yet they do not seem to be inclined to create new jobs.

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