Opinion

Last April, Chrissy Teigen sarcastically confessed, “I have hit the double-digit mark on quarantine weight gain, so that’s fun!!” Justin Bieber and Gayle King have also admitted to pandemic padding.  Well, it’s more than inactivity that’s got them -- and you -- putting on weight. Seems “hungry for...
The phrase “long haul” originated around 1873 as a way to determine the cost of transporting goods and people great distances by rail. The longer the haul, the less was charged per mile. That’s the opposite of what many survivors of COVID-19 mean when they use the phrase to describe their residual...
Third in a series on COVID-19 and studying in Spring 2021 Provisions are being made for students, faculty, and staff to return to West Texas A&M University this spring. Beginning last summer, to meet diverse needs of faculty and students, a wide swath of flexibility was provided. Opportunities...
The sun went down the evening before baby Jesus was born just as it had done every night in the history of mankind. But when it came up the next day, a baby had been born whose life and death would forever change the world. Christmas is the story of a baby. There is something about the Christmas...
 As I write this editorial, my final Pampa ISD commentary for the year 2020, I find myself focusing on how much we have learned as an organization from the challenges and opportunities over the past 12 months.  There is power in recognizing the gravity of trials and tribulations; however, I...
The psychotherapist and author Dr. David Richo once wrote, “a healthy person is not perfect but perfectible, not a done deal but a work in progress.” Turns out, that’s true even for folks over 60 who have obesity.  A study published in Clinical Endocrinology found that when folks 60 to 78 enrolled...
Hey Taylor: I’m trying to cut back on online shopping and invest more money in my local economy. I’m having a little trouble kicking the habit and I’m wondering if you have any tips that might make this easier for me. — Riley Hey Riley: It’s an admirable thing you’re doing, especially because it...
Dear Readers: It seems that most Americans, including me, will be happy to put the year 2020 behind us. No doubt, it’s been a tough year. It’s difficult to focus on healthy eating during the holidays with so many sweets available, but the new year is just around the corner, and many people will...
Dave Barry once said: “Your hand and your mouth agreed many years ago that, as far as chocolate is concerned, there is no need to involve your brain.” While that may be witty, we’re sorry, Dave, scientifically speaking, it’s completely wrong. A study in Scientific Reports reveals that when healthy...
The subject of footwear has hit me dead center in recent days. Following are details of unlikely happenings last week. Remembrances are hand-on-the-Bible truths to which I am sticking. Said topic involves a frustrated kindergarten teacher, the boots-were-made-for-walking tune and a mystery...

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