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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The Great Wall of Fame at AMSET and  African-Americans a Harvey Johnson piece.

The Museum of the Gulf Coast and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) are celebrating Black History Month, and the public is invited to visit the museums to learn more.

The Museum of the Gulf Coast presents Port Arthur native and singing sensation Richard Perkins on Feb. 28 in honor of Black History Month. Perkins is a 1964 graduate of Lincoln High School and a professional classical singer, a deep, mellow bass.

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The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) invites everyone to “Go for the Gold” on Thursday, March 5, for a chance to win $10,000 in gold or other prizes at its annual reverse drawing. The theme this year is “Rollin’ it Back” as AMSET increases the odds of winning by reducing the number of tickets sold from 500 to only 450.

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