Examiner staff with publisher and editor Don Dodd and his wife, Kristi (center)
Julie Rogers Award winner Tim Sudela

Mental Health America of Southeast Texas presented three awards to outstanding members of the community who have done what they can to give support the area and its citizens at its 54th Anniversary Luncheon on Feb. 17, and The Examiner was proud to be among those honored.

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Recently the AARP, probably the largest advocacy group for senior citizens, declared Texas as having the worst nursing homes in the United States. There are several reasons, most of which are strictly political. The stubborn refusal of our leadership to accept the billions of dollars offered by the federal government to provide adequate healthcare for our citizens is probably the biggest reason.

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Tradition. It is not just the name of the opening number in the Broadway musical where the fiddler on the roof extols tradition as a way for people to keep their balance; it is also a way we keep a firm grip on the past while moving inexorably into the future.

Word hit Austin last week illustrating that contradiction at one of the state’s leading universities: Texas A&M.

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It may not be obvious from the news coverage, but a good bit of Congress’s 2015 agenda just landed on Capitol Hill with a thud. I mean this literally. The federal budget that President Obama recently submitted runs to 2,000 pages.

This is the most important government document produced each year, so its heft is more than physical. The budget is how we decide what share of this country’s economic resources we should devote to government — and how we should spend them.

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Verity Ockenden
Sam Stabler

The Lamar Cardinals were unable to overcome a hot-shooting Stephen F. Austin team, losing a game by 103-74 to the Lumberjacks on Feb. 23 at the William R. Johnson Coliseum. The loss ended Lamar’s recent three-game win streak, and dropped Lamar to 14-13 on the season and 8-7 in Southland Conference play.

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