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 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Meeting People

Among some of the nice things about serving in the Legislature for 32 years is the opportunity I enjoyed meeting people, some famous, some not-so-famous, but most very interesting... — Updated 4/19/2022

 

Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

EASTER PRAYERS FOR UKRAINE The celebration of Holy Week in the Christian Faith, has only brought death and destruction to the people of Ukraine by Russia. Putin is outright... — Updated 4/12/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Straining Gnats and Swallowing Camels

We have all heard the phrase: “swallowing camels while straining gnats.” Generally, the phrase is applied to persons we designate as hypocrites. It seems to me; however, the... — Updated 4/12/2022

 
 By Roy Dunn    Columnists

Down Life's Highway

My grandmother Availia had many children; among them were three sets of twins and a set of triplets. Many of the young died as infants. Only one twin, my uncle Meldan “Tee-Dan... — Updated 4/12/2022

 

Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

WHAT A COMEBACK KANSAS OVER NORTH CAROLINA We were having a Jayhawks watch party, pulling for Kansas to defeat North Carolina for the National College Basketball Championship. By... — Updated 4/5/2022

 

From the desk of Mayor David Rutledge

This past week, some of our City Council members had the opportunity to meet with other Councilmembers from the 12-county area that makes up Region 16 of the Texas Municipal League... — Updated 4/5/2022

 

April Gardening Tips: Let the Blooming Begin

Greetings my fellow gardening enthusiasts! Our wait is finally over, Spring is erupting into bloom all around us. Azaleas, daffodils, and numerous other spring plants are bursting i... — Updated 4/5/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

A Recent Poll Most Discouraging

Recently, I was extremely disturbed by the results of a poll which asked “How many Americans would remain and fight for our nation’s government as are the Ukrainians?”.... — Updated 4/5/2022

 

Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

WHERE HAVE ALL MY FRIENDS GONE It's come on another week and again I'm not prepared to do a column. There are a lot of reasons that factor into that. First you have to make the cont... — Updated 3/29/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Count Your Blessings

We in Southeast Texas need to wake up and realize that we are blessed in many ways; but the most valuable commodity available to us, our homes and our business entities is fresh... — Updated 3/29/2022

 

Native and Perennial Plants

Previously, I have spoken about selecting the right plant for the right spot in your garden, flower bed or yard. Today we're going to talk about native and perennial plants. Many... — Updated 3/24/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

I wonder

As a confessed political junkie, I sit around wondering many times about why some things are as they are. As an example, when I see a candidate flooding the news media with ad... — Updated 3/22/2022

 

Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

PUTIN CONTINUES TO INFLICT DEATH ON UKRAINIANS When and how will it end? Western officials and analysts say the conflict is turning into a grinding war of attrition, with Russian... — Updated 3/22/2022

 

Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

OUR POPULARITY GROWS Over the last few weeks we have had increased demand for more papers. We increased our circulation last week by 800 more County and Penny Records at some of... — Updated 3/15/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Lobbyists Who Are Characters

It’s very difficult to write about the state Legislature without including a few stories about lobbyists. Lobbyists represent various interests in the capitol and do their best... — Updated 3/15/2022

 

Citrus: Recognizing Greening and Canker Disease

Hopefully, our recent warmer weather didn't lull any fellow gardeners into believing spring had arrived in Southeast Texas! March weather patterns are unpredictable, quickly... — Updated 3/15/2022

 

Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

THESE ARE HISTORICAL TIMES-PUTIN'S WAR The humanitarian crisis in Ukraine worsens by the day. Where will it all end? I recall WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan but this could... — Updated 3/8/2022

 

Plant Selection: Create Stunning Visual Impact

Plant choice is one of many important steps in creating a new garden design or outdoor living area transformation. Choosing the right plants for your garden space depends on a... — Updated 3/8/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Do We Care?

How often do you hear someone say, "Nobody tells me what to do!"? After watching the recent election results, it seems that over 80% of Texans, including those in Orange County,... — Updated 3/8/2022

 

Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

LOCAL POLITICS TURNS DARK I can't remember at anytime when we had just two local races. In this case, only one party participated. I'm turning this column in before the polls close... — Updated 3/2/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Watch your Ego

All politicians have egos, particularly after winning a hard-fought election battle. I must confess, I too was pumped up quite a bit after winning my election to the state Senate.... — Updated 3/1/2022

 
 By Roy Dunn    Columnists

Down Life's Highway

The Battle of New Orleans I turned down Larry Messier's offer to be his guest at the Ali-Spinks heavyweight fight in Vegas and made my annual trek to Rising Star's Sipe Spring cemet... — Updated 3/1/2022

 

Garden Checklist: March

Another season is coming to an end and very soon winter will be nothing more than a fading memory for us all. As spring nears, each passing day becomes slightly warmer, though we... — Updated 3/1/2022

 

Roses: Exceptional Blooming Begins with Pruning

By John Green, Certified Master Gardener Hello gardeners! Another cold snap has now left the area and who knows, perhaps it'll be our last, but I wouldn't bet my plants on it. Many... — Updated 3/1/2022

 

Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest

JUST DO IT-NOW IS THE TIME Well, it has come down to election time. I fear it will be a very low turnout. Seventy-five percent of the registered voters won't take the time to vote.... — Updated 2/22/2022

 

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