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Describing the onion as a “lowly vegetable” didn’t set well with the late Othal Brand, for 20 years the McAllen, TX, mayor who cleared many hurdles during his 90-year earthly pilgrimage. His beloved Rio Grande Valley is now a world center for vegetables in general and for onions in particular. Ever...
This is the fourth in a series of commentaries on the Pampa ISD experience during the COVID-19 crisis. I would like to highlight some of the steps we are taking this summer to plan and prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. Our goal is to re-open our schools in August safely and with intentional...

Rick Kraft
Perception is reality to the holder. Good or bad, right or wrong, our perceptions control us. They drive our world. And once we grab hold of a perception, it is often hard to change.  We make decisions based upon our view of the world. We each have our own unique view of the world and we have no...

Walter Wendler
The COVID-19 crisis has created unimaginable hardships for individuals, families, small businesses and international behemoths. Crisis knows no boundaries in how it impacts people and their lives. At universities, ancillary activities were appropriately shed in response to the outbreak of COVID-19...

Toni King
Good Morning Toni:  Have been reading your column for over a year and now I need some Medicare help. I am retiring and turning 65 in October. I had a triple bi-pass in April of this year. Last week I talked with the office manager at my cardiologist’s office about me getting on Medicare and what I...
Hey Taylor - I just left my old company because it was forced to downsize. Fortunately, another opportunity came around at just the right time, but I’m wondering what to do with my 401(k). Do I leave it with my old employer or move it over to my new company’s plan? - Nena Hey Nena - Happy to hear...
John F. Kennedy suffered from digestive problems, including persistent diarrhea. He took antispasmodics to ease his stomach cramping. Not much was known about his condition at the time, but now, some doctors suggest he suffered from inflammatory bowel disease.  IBD is an autoimmune condition that...
Dear Dietitian, During the COVID-19 quarantine, I’ve gained a few pounds and wiped out all the progress I’ve made over the past year. How can I get back into my healthy eating routine? Dan Dear Dan,  COVID-19 has not only disrupted our lives in America, but it has affected virtually everyone in the...
It’s a parental directive virtually all of us have lodged in our minds dating back to childhood days when our memories started to take root. “Look both directions,” they implored, emphasizing dangers posed by passing cars. Often, they’d throw additional dangers at intersections, thus providing more...
In “Stand by Me,” Ace Merrill (Kiefer Sutherland) is a gang leader who plays a dangerous game of chicken with a truck that swerves out of the way at the last minute. Now, you might not think cooking chicken for dinner tonight is as dangerous as that idiotic “game,” but researchers looked at the...

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