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Carl Parker

There has been much discussion concerning the recently adopted tax measure by our Congress. Our president claims he has given us all a great Christmas present. The question is, has he given us a valuable gift, or a lump of coal?

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James Holly, M.D.

For those who were born before the mid-20th Century (1950), the approaching of 2018 brings us closer and closer to the mid-21st Century and only seven years until the quarter-of-a-century mark. It seems like yesterday that the Y2K scare was at the top of our “worry list.” How, those of us “historically” minded, often think in terms of anticipated events expected within the next 20 years and wonder how many of those events we will personally experience.

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Dear Annie:

When my dad passed away several years ago, he left a certificate of deposit to me. When it matured, I went to the bank with my mom because she had a CD that matured at the same time. The CD that Dad left me was a payable-on-death CD, with me as the only beneficiary, and my dad was the individual owner of the CD.

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James Holly, M.D.

In 2009, the New York Times published an extensive article that promoted the rationing of healthcare as the only way to manage future costs. Subsequent letters to the editor responded positively and negatively to the article written by Peter Singer of Princeton University, Previously, Singer wrote a letter to the 1985 Journal of Pediatrics in which he argued that a pig might have greater value than a human child who was born with severe birth defects.

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1940 by Susan Dunn

I have recently finished reading a book by Susan Dunn titled “1940.” It’s basically about political events occurring in the year before Franklin Roosevelt ran for a third term. Much of the book is about attitudes concerning Nazi Germany’s conquest of Europe and the concerns of Americans about getting in – or staying out of – the conflict. Though I have read quite a bit from that historical period, it is still somewhat shocking to revisit the history of how involved Germany was in trying to influence American opinion and politics.

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Carl Parker

Several years ago, I had a friend who was a great golfer. In fact, for many years he held the course record on one of the municipal courses here in Port Arthur. My friend was given to entering serious golf tournaments around East Texas and once told me a story about what happened to him upon entering a tournament in Center, Texas.

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perspective in life can change over time

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude in our heart and life.” 

– Author unknown.

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