Opinion

Getting good information as coronavirus crisis unfolds

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A PART OF RESPONDING to any crisis is having enough good information on which to make decisions—whether you are making those for yourself or others. Let’s add one more list to the various checkoffs from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), employers and others on how to deal with COVID-19: Tools and tips for getting good information about dealing with the virus from sources you trust.
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U.S. Rep. John Lewis: A First Amendment Champion

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WHENEVER THE FIRST AMENDMENT’S 45 words ring out, whenever a voice for justice seizes our attention by using its core freedoms to power our democracy, John Lewis will be there. Lewis, 80, iconic civil right hero, longtime Georgia congressman, pugnacious fighter for voting rights, courageous Freedom Rider and selfdescribed seeker of “good trouble” in the cause of equality, fairness and human rights, died July 17 after months of battling pancreatic cancer.

Commentary: Fixing Democracy

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I DON’T KNOW WHO in rural America thinks American democracy is working. Country people who grew up trying their best and playing by the rules have seen jobs go away, schools and post offices close, poverty and addiction encroach into daily life. Though small towns do not live in perpetual despair, more and more I get a sense of, “I plucked my eyebrows and shaved my legs for this?” But maybe democracy is something we can fix.
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The Butcher Shop

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The chainsaws and wood chipper that Asplundh crews wielded in our quiet community last week were pretty raucous—but they weren’t nearly as loud as the caustic reviews their arboreal expertise earned from homeowners in Canadian, whose trees were unfortunate enough to have grown up under an Xcel power line.

The Great Mask Debate

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I KEEP SEEING PEOPLE say “It’s my freedom,” and “If you don’t like it and are scared of fake numbers, stay home.” But what if I were to say, “It’s my freedom to be safe, and if you don’t like wearing a facemask because you’re that stupid (just copying your language here) and don’t believe all the doctors, then you feel free to stay home.”

Lone Star State of Denial

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I LOVE BEING A TEXAN. Texans are interesting, stubborn, ornery, creative, caring, inordinately friendly and ferociously independent. This State is home to 28,995,881 (and counting) individuals strung across 268,596 square miles. Texas has 10 climatic regions, 14 soil regions and 11 distinct ecological regions. From Dalhart to Harlingen and El Paso to Beaumont, Texas is represented by human beings of every hue, background, profession, character, ideology, identity, theology and quirk imaginable.