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Recently, the Opinion page of the New York Times included a brief description of the problem facing primary care physicians who are confronted by a patient who wants a narcotic pain medication. When I started practicing medicine over 40 years ago, doctors ordered urine drug screens in order to discover patients who were taking street drugs such as marijuana, heroin, etc. Today, urine drug screens are being recommended and/or required to discover patients who are NOT taking their prescription pain medication and other drugs that have a high potential for abuse.

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If you are like me, I carry my cell phone everywhere, carrying on voice conversations, sending and receiving text messages, utilizing countless apps, and surfing the Web. Until recently, I gave very little heed to the security of these external communications as our smart devices are supposed to be somewhat secure. GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile utilize encryption to make communications secure; CDMA carriers like Sprint and Verizon also claim to have secure networks.

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One way to beat the heat during August and September is to fish at night aboard

August is among the best months to be fishing the surf for trout and reds on the upper Texas coast. This past week was outstanding with calm winds, green tides and excellent catches of trout by waders and boaters in the surf from the Sabine jetties down to Galveston. Trout were best on topwaters early, then switching over to soft plastics like a 5-inch Egret Wedge Tail, in either chartreuse or pearl. Reds were best on gold spoons worked in the first gut on a green tide.

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I saw someone do something really dumb the other day, but it wasn’t my circus and they weren’t my monkeys, so I could not do anything to help other than pray for a decent outcome. The incident reminded me of a line or two in an old Jimmy Buffet song. He sang about “a permanent reminder of a temporary feeling.” How many of us live every day with the results of a temporary feeling or an act that we committed when we were not in the best frame of mind? Perhaps we chose a partner that is not suited to us or to the family we want to create.

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Eileen Slater, Best of Show
Melissa Starr,  Best Fruit and  Tomato

At Central Mall recently, local gardeners got to show off. County Extension Agent Emilee Bean helped record all of the fun and note the winners at the Jefferson County Fruit, Herb and Vegetable Show. Truth be told, they are winners all. A total of 78 entries were judged for quality and uniformity. In my book, each and every one of those gardeners are champs.

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