Opinion

Thankful we can speak our minds this Thanksgiving

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AT THE FREEDOM FORUM, we’ve thought about creating t-shirts that read: “Free speech: Complicating Thanksgiving Dinner since 1791.” But this pandemic-era Thanksgiving, as families and friends assemble around a Zoom screen or an actual dining room table to celebrate, all of the freedoms of the First Amendment should be high on the list as we count our blessings.

Impeachment is a political option in Washington. In Texas, not so much.

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IN A POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT like Washington, D.C., the kinds of legal perils encircling Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton might be grounds for firing, impeachment, or congressional investigation. Paxton, indicted more than five years ago on securities fraud charges, has not yet had his day in court.
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Field Notes

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FOR OVER 11 DECADES, savvy Hemphill Countians have set their holiday clocks for 11:30 am on the first Friday in December—the date of the Annual WCTU Bazaar. Some of us schedule playoff football games around the event.

Veterans Day–A Time for Reflection

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FOR ANYONE WORN-OUT from the election and disillusioned by the state of our politics (and that probably covers most of us), we now have the perfect antidote–Veterans Day. It is a day to honor those who have served, who had a purpose bigger than themselves, who protected what is most important, and whose service helped make our country stronger and better. Veterans Day is intended to honor them, but this year the rest of us may need it even more than they do.
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Field Notes

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THIS IS THE 200 HALL at Hemphill County Hospital. The entryway is draped in plastic, marked with signs warning visitors not to enter. The hall—which has been converted to serve as the hospital’s COVID Unit—is restricted now to medical personnel and the acute care patients who are hospitalized there.

Enough

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AS A LIFELONG lover/friend/relative of conservative Republicans, I’m at a loss about how to communicate with them this week. Do I smile, nod and commiserate about the crazy weather? Should I surreptitiously slip them contact info for the best mental health professionals I can find? Begin stock-piling baked goods for carb-numbing? I dunno…it’s just exhausting.