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Last week we looked back at the year 2021 and shuddered, but there’s more to lament, Lynn Ashby writes. 

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I’ve never met John Wethington or attended a service at New Day Church, where he is the lead pastor. We had our first interaction just a few days ago, exchanging some messages on Facebook.

The most convincing argument I’ve heard against replacing the Houston ISD Board of Education with a state-appointed board of managers – the intention expressed in 2019 by Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath and the crux of a lawsuit making its way to the Texas Supreme Court – is that su…

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THE FRONT YARD – Faucet wrapped? Check. Mailbox and windows sealed? Check. Need to cover the plants and bring in supplies like bottles of water, vodka and batteries for my radio. You should be doing this, too. And leave the garage door open. These precautions are because predictions are that…

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Editor's note: This is a guest column written by Linda Sparks, the Garden Oaks resident who looked after the stray dog named Bob since he began appearing in the area in 2015. Bob, who had been in the care of a local animal rescuer since late April, died Nov. 24 at the estimated age of 11.

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THE TV – “Saturday Night Live” is on. They usually have a good thrashing of current affairs. Ah, here comes the opening skit. It’s “Sesame Street” with the same-looking set, but wait, that guy seems awfully familiar, standing there -- sneaky eyes, short beard. Good grief. It’s Texas’ own U.S…

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On a chilly (low 60s) wet day in Dallas this past November 4th, hundreds of people stood on a downtown sidewalk holding signs and flags, some even brought folding chairs. They were waiting, not for a bus or a passing parade, not waiting for Godot or for some computer store to open so they co…

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THE BANK – “Sign here, and here. Do you have an ID like your birth certificate, passport from the last week or three witnesses to testify that it’s really you?” The bank clerk readies his truth serum and lie detector. It’s not that the South Bank of the Bayou doesn’t trust us, it’s that the …

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THE LIBRARY – “’At the Edge of the Universe.’ Sounds like something from the Flat Earth Society. ‘Gravity.’ Very suspicious. Here’s another one. ‘Life in Outer Space.’’

THE KITCHEN – I hold in my hand the most dangerous weapon there is: a cup of coffee. Oh, the deaths and destruction, the horror, not to mention the lawyers’ fees.

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THE PHONE – “One moment, please.... Your call is very important to us.... A representative will be with you shortly.” No she won’t. I’ve been on hold for 30 minutes and no one will talk to me. During that time I’ve given some recorded person my name, address, credit card number and DNA twice…

Much of the baseball world despises the Houston Astros. So what, writes editor Adam Zuvanich, who says we should ignore the hate and shower our hometown team with love during its third World Series appearance in the last five years.

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THE KITCHEN – I hold in my hand the most dangerous weapon there is: a cup of coffee. Oh, the deaths and destruction, the horror, not to mention the lawyers’ fees. Yes, once again McDonald’s is being sued for its hot coffee, only this time it’s double trouble. Two separate suits have been fil…

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Want to get rich? Of course you do, and, as usual, I am here to help with some new stats to compare to the old.

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DINING ROOM TABLE – “The nation, and particularly Texas, is going through some chaotic and depressing times. Where to look for advice? That’s why I invited y’all to dinner tonight to discuss and perhaps offer solutions to our problems.”

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We recently unveiled The Leader Daily Newsletter, which is another step toward becoming an everyday source of valuable community news instead of something you see and appreciate only once per week.

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“Come and Take It” the flag dared. And they did. They came and took it. So yet another bit of our history is gone. Soon there will be nothing left of our past but empty pedestals and stored plaques.

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THE HOSPITAL – “Emergency!” I cry to the admissions clerk. “I’ve been shot!”

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Dear Afghan Refugees, welcome to Houston. One hundred of you have already arrived and we expect 3,000 more between now and the end of next March.

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Editor Adam Zuvanich reflects on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, and how we should acknowledge the lives lost and sacrifices made on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

As Gen. Robert E. Lee rode about the Gettysburg battlefield after the Southern debacle, ordering his troops to retreat, he said again and again: “It’s all my fault.” “The blame is mine.” “All this has been my fault. It is I who have lost this fight, and you must help me out of it the best wa…

Weekly columnist Lynn Ashby writes about Gov. Greg Abbott, while asking whether he's the worst governor Texas has seen.

Weekly columnist Lynn Ashby writes about the percentage of Texans who support mask or vaccination mandates.

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Editor Adam Zuvanich writes about the annual event White Linen Night in the Heights, which may be technically canceled but is still on, unofficially. 

White Linen Night is still on, unofficially

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“Welcome to another meeting of Club Cliché, where we renew terms in our vocabulary that have been beaten to death by overuse,” said our chairman, Bottom Line, as quick as a New York minute. “I see some familiar faces here: Fifteen Minutes of Fame, You Go, Girl and Compassionate Conservative.…

Editor Adam Zuvanich writes about the troubling crime trends during the last year, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, both locally and across the Houston area.

While some people have returned to their pre-pandemic routines, weekly columnist Lynn Ashby writes about how he's not quite ready. 

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Publisher Jonathan McElvy writes about how he got into the community newspaper business, and thanks contributors to the voluntary program "luvleader" for supporting local news. 

Weekly columnist Lynn Ashby writes about the history of Minor League Baseball in honor of it's 2021 season.