Commentary

Bob Wortham

There is so much at stake for the residents of Jefferson County in the election that is now upon us. Not just a choice between what party will control the House and Senate, although who represents us in Washington is very important, but this hits much closer to home. We are making decisions that will have an immediate effect on the quality of life in Southeast Texas.

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Due to the Ebola outbreak, the critical role of the Centers for Disease Control in the health of the United States has come to the forefront of news and reporting. No one who has taken the time to listen to the public statements by the Director of the CDC Tom Frieden, MD, cannot be impressed with the mission, passion and expertise of the CDC. This dramatic and critical function of the CDC is newsworthy.

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Subaru of America Inc. has introduced the all-new 2015 WRX. Powered by a new 268-horsepower, 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo Boxer engine, the WRX debuts the model’s first 6-speed manual transmission as well as bold, new sedan designs.

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Jerry Lin

Lamar University has honored Jerry Lin, professor of environmental engineering, as the Distinguished Faculty Lecturer for 2014. “Chasing Quicksilver: From an Emperor’s Tomb to the Global Environment” will be the topic of his lecture, sponsored by ExxonMobil, to be presented Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in the University Theatre. The Lamar University Faculty Senate will host the lecture, which is open to the public without charge.

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The Equalizer film poster, courtesy of rottentomatoes.com

About the only thing this movie and the old television series have in common is the title. Replacing British actor Edward Woodward, who starred in the show that ran for four seasons beginning in 1985, is Denzel Washington, who teams up again with “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua for an updated take on the enigmatic character of Robert McCall.

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The 2015 Audi Q7 is a large and versatile sport utility vehicle whose design is both elegant and stylish.

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This first adaptation of best selling author Lawrence Block’s series signals a possible franchise for star Liam Neeson as off-the-books private eye Matt Scudder.

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Robert Sloan photo

Fishing on Sabine Lake is nothing but one big guessing game these days. The fish that are on one day have lockjaw the next. Right now it’s tough to pin down birds holding over trout and reds, and if you do, most of the specks feeding under the birds are “cigar” sized.

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The cool front that blew through Southeast Texas this past Saturday morning, Sept. 13, pushed a ton of teal our way and set up many excellent hunts. Some of the best were south of Winnie and in the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area. But like any other September teal opener, it was all about being in the right place at the right time.

Hackberry Rod and Gun Club reported excellent hunts in the marsh.

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