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BETWEEN THE LINES: Colin Klein shines in a dark world

Youth today have too few examples to follow on how to live their lives. They are deluged daily by the flaws of politicians, CEOs, entertainers and sports heroes who live less-than-stellar lives. Multiple-marriage partners, sexual affairs, children born out of wedlock, substance abuse and disgraceful conduct make headlines in the news. While driving to work […]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: Fool me twice, shame on me

In the sports world, a common axiom is coaches get too much credit when their teams are victorious and too much blame when they lose. The same goes for presidents when it comes to the economy. If growth is strong, they are praised, but if it goes bad, they get the blame. The truth is […]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: The truth about the Benghazi incident

Politicians have a way of bending the truth to suit their needs, especially when their actions come under public scrutiny. President Barack Obama is no exception. Political debates should help clear the air and allow voters to determine a candidate’s real stand on the issues. The debates also should provide the electorate with an opportunity […]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: Ups and downs with the news

Scanning the recent  headlines, I have come to the conclusion that deriving the truth from them presents a serious challenge. Take global warming, for instance. A recent report by climatologists says there has been no discernible increase in the world’s temperatures over the past 16 years. Most of the increase occurred from 1980 to 1997 […]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: Facts can be stubborn things

Not many Americans know that John Adams, the second president of the United States, defended the British soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre. The man, who a few years later would sign the Declaration of Independence, got his clients acquitted. The trial and its aftermath, however, produced an interesting quote from the Massachusetts native: “Facts […]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: The next big thing

As an opinion columnist for The Tribune the past several years, I have received numerous emails and comments. Some are complimentary and encouraging (I like those), others not so much. Some readers on occasion have suggested certain topics or have given me ideas about which to write. I recently received one that perked my interest. […]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: An update and another anniversary

This column celebrates my 15th year of writing for The Tribune. After 13 years, it is also time to update my photo. When I first started my job for the newspaper, they wanted a photo, so I grabbed one that was handy. A year later, I gave them a more recent picture. This scenario gives […]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: Federal Reserve throws another hail Mary

In my economic course on money and banking in college, I learned about the powers and philosophy of the Federal Reserve system that, in theory, was designed to control the extremes of the business cycle. It would cool down the inflationary pressures when needed and lower interest rates to stimulate the economy. It sounded quite […]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: The Democratic Party convention came up short

Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan wrote a column after the conclusion of the Democratic Party Convention. His main points bear repeating. The former Republican presidential candidate noted for the first time, the Democratic Party platform was passed without any reference to God. A controversy ensued and President Barack Obama requested that "God" be reinserted. This amendment […]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: A harbinger of things to come?

In my last column, I discussed the similarities between the state of Israel and the United States, particularly when it comes to religion. Both countries at their founding placed a priority on God. Although America is not a theocracy, our Founding Fathers understood the importance of religion and its moral beliefs for the republic’s welfare. […]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: Could it be prophetic warnings?

The United States and Israel have much in common. Both countries began with a strong belief in God. Religious freedom drew colonists to the New World. School textbooks  during the 20th century marginalized our Christian roots, but the facts cannot be denied. Years after graduating from college with a major in history, I ran across […]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: Free trade is a misnomer

Often in life we accept what is told to us by the so-called experts and politicians without question. This can have serious consequences. Take foreign-trade policy, for instance. For the past several decades, the American public has accepted the line that free trade is good for both importers and exporters. At first blush, it certainly […]

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American women shine in London

It was an impressive showing for the American women at the London 2012 Summer Olympics as they claimed 29 of 46 gold medals earned by the United States. This was the first time in history the number of participating American women athletes eclipsed the men. The comparisons do not end there. The women’s team showings […]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: Olympics provides something for everyone

Every four years, we are reminded there are sports other than football and basketball in which athletes compete and excel. The Olympic Games also provide a pleasant diversion from the monotony of the dog days of summer. The London 2012 Summer Olympics took on added meaning with former Granite Shoals resident and Marble Falls High […]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: Life lessons from the coach

Once a coach, always a coach, I contend. After retiring from teaching and coaching last year, I managed to stay close to athletics by being a referee. However, it is just not the same. So when the occasion arose to help Faith Academy girls basketball coach Jerry English with his sports camp last week, I […]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: Funerals make precious memories unfold

The funeral my wife and I attended last Wednesday ended with a hymn with which I was unfamiliar, but was quite appropriate for the occasion. The song’s comforting chorus caused one’s mind to ponder, even as attendees sang, “Precious memories, how they linger, how they ever flood my soul. In the stillness of the midnight, […]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: Can America be saved?

Life changes in small, virtually unrecognizable increments, but then, over the course of time, we discover society is nothing like the past, and we wonder what happened. Americans are charitable. We give more per capita than people in any other country. Therefore, it has seemed reasonable to allow government to come to the aid of […]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: Let the buyer beware

The well-known saying "buyer beware" comes from the Latin phrase "caveat emptor." It meant the buyer could not recover money from the seller unless the seller concealed  defects in the merchandise. Today’s laws provide even more protection to the consumer. However, buyers should still practice caution in the market, especially when the seller’s income is […]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: Happy 236th birthday, America

This week is the 236th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the document that officially separated the American colonies from Great Britain. However, the eloquent words of Founding Father Thomas Jefferson had to be won on the battlefield during the Revolutionary War that followed, which would be no small accomplishment. It pitted […]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: The moral of the story

In a culture that places emphasis on the superfluous, moral lessons are increasingly hard to find. Children used to be taught these lessons using fables to convey truths. Occasionally, some youngsters today feast on classics such as C.S. Lewis’ "Chronicles of Narnia," but, mostly, they indulge on modern inventions such as the Xbox. The TV […]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: A break from the routine

Vacations are cool. They provide a break from the routine of everyday life. My wife and I decided awhile back to do something a little different this summer, so we planned a week-long stay in Vancouver, Canada. The plan called for us to meet our daughter in Seattle, then rent a car for the three-hour […]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: The luck of the draw

The game of blackjack emulates life in that it combines the elements of skill and chance to determine outcomes. In any given hand, the winner is determined by the luck of the draw; however, over the course of a lifetime, skill and experience determine the real winners. Life is very similar. We do not have […]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: Big Business vs. Big Government

How tempting is it to place blame for our failures at the feet of others. The Occupy Wall Street movement is a prime example of alleviating the burden of responsibility off our shoulders by pointing fingers at Big Business and its misdeeds. It is an accusation that is difficult to defend, in part because Big […]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: A tribute to those who died defending freedom

There are not many things Americans unanimously agree on, but most are thankful for the soldiers who served or are serving our country, especially those who lost their lives. With the exception of the dark days of the Vietnam War, soldiers have been widely revered by the public. May 28 marked the day Congress set […]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: The natural gardener

I have become quite a yard person. Living in Austin in the 1980s, I started listening each Saturday morning to John Dromgoole on KLBJ-AM. For 27 years, Dromgoole has hosted his "Gardening Naturally" show, preaching his gospel of selecting native plants and avoiding traditional fertilizers by using compost, mulch and Dillo dirt. I favor blooming […]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: Presidential campaign takes a new twist

Never in my youth did I believe the definition of a marriage would one day be a campaign issue. However, in a bold political move last week, President Barack Obama announced he is lending his support to gay marriage, thus becoming the first president to do so. The Harvard Law grad is not politically naïve. […]

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