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  • When I heard on October 18 that General Powell was no longer with us, I recalled his presence on our campus as he spoke about his life, legacy and lessons for the USA and the world.
  • I am always happy to hear from readers of this column, especially when they share a family reminiscence, like this one from Connie Culp of Howe, TX.
  • The Grand Ole Opry will celebrate its very historic 5,000th consecutive Saturday night broadcast on October 30, 2021; it can be heard beginning at 7:00 on WSM 650 AM radio. Bill Anderson, Vince Gill, Jeannie Seely, and Connie Smith are just four of the many country music stars that will be performing for the historic event. The Grand Ole Opry's Saturday night show is our nation's longest continuous running radio show.
  • Covid-19 will soon become endemic—and the sooner the better. An epidemic causes widespread disease in a region. A pandemic affects multiple countries or continents. A disease becomes endemic when it is manageable—defined as not causing an undue burden on hospitals or other healthcare resources—but unlikely to be eliminated.
  • Knowing how to choose apps and which ones to avoid can make using your cell phone a much more pleasant experience.
  • Haitian refugees, accepted and rejected on our border with Mexico this fall, should remind us of the important role Haiti has played in U.S. history.
  • A recent issue of "National Geographic" included an intriguing article about the discovery of the oldest known Homo sapiens grave yet found in Africa. Dated to around 78,000 years, the fragile remains of a 2- to 3-year-old child were found in a pit dug in a cave in southern Kenya.
  • There are more ways to shop now than ever before -- that can be both bad and good. Being an informed consumer is always important, no matter how you choose to do your shopping.
  • One person CAN make a difference!
  • Thank you, William Roberts, for your good piece in North Texas e-News (October 4, 2021): "Arguing with God about COVID-19."
  • Having grown up in a family of readers who subscribed to numerous newspapers and magazines, I am saddened to see the internet and social media having such a devastating effect on print publications of all kinds. I was fortunate to have a grandfather and uncle in our household who kept us supplied with a daily newspaper plus a couple of weekly local papers, as well as numerous magazines. Digesting all this reading material and hearing the stories discussed on a regular basis prepared me to succeed in school, and also helped make me the valedictorian of my high school class, resulting in my attending Texas A&M tuition-free. My grades in college (largely based on reading and writing skills) earned me a generous fellowship for graduate study that resulted in my acquiring a Ph.D. in English at the age of 25.
  • The rhetoric from the anti-vaxxer cohorts who have been bringing their zany antics to the Fannin County Commissioners Court each week has almost devolved into a contest about who can spout the most Biblicality in the allotted 3-5 minutes.