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The flooding in Louisiana takes precedence as accounts of the amount of loss and needs are coming through from those connected to Kilgore and surrounding areas. “We have lost everything,” … more
When we look at the news headlines any given week in America there is good reason to be concerned about the present state and future of our nation. Where are we headed? However, the concern does not … more
HE IS KNOWN to us as the whistling postman and as has made his mark in this town as being a dedicated, humble, God-fearing man. “Oh, I have been whistling for 15 years, now,” laughed Efram Z. … more
If you sometimes struggle with “it’s” and “its,” if you don’t know the past tense of the verb “to lead,” if you write “could of” instead of “could’ve,” this column isn’t … more
WE ALL KNOW those who can’t wait for retirement and make plans to vacation the remainder of their lives. It usually works well for them after all of the honey-do’s are completed. Then there are … more
I was making a point about hyphens when, in a recent column, I gave this example: “That water-skier sure knows how to water-ski on his water skis.” But for David in Albany, N.Y., the sentence … more
YOU KNOW you are special when family and friends start arriving days in advance of your birthday day party, and you know you are special when plans are to spend most of the day celebrating a … more
In our society, we entrust certain individuals with immense power based, in large part, on our sincere belief and hope that they’ll act as unifiers, not dividers. It’s a tall order. Sure, … more
REAL INDIANS laugh at being called Native Americans and prefer instead to be called by what they really are whether it is Choctaw, Creek, Caddo, Cherokee, Comanche, etc. and if you don’t know the … more
People often ask me whether, as a copy editor, I’m driven to distraction by errors I see in others’ writing. The short answer is: not in informal writing. If you write “it’s” in place … more
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