Commentary

Last week’s explosive Examiner cover story that Beaumont Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Timothy Chargois knew about a systematic program of cheating continues to reverberate among outraged citizens who thought they had heard the worst of the BISD scandals. But Jennifer Johnson’s report documented cheating on such a massive scale that it has made a mockery of BISD claims of academic progress.

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As a student of government, educated by experience, I have long held the belief that public education is among the most important functions of state government. Unfortunately, more and more it appears my belief in education being the future of Texas is not shared by the leadership of state government today.

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If you have listened to the news recently, you are well aware that there is a major controversy about at least nine major Internet and phone companies turning over a massive number of records to the National Security Agency (NSA). I’ll make no attempt here to politicize or judge what has occurred regarding; instead, I’ll review the privacy policies of some of the major players in cyberspace.

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In June 2013, the American Medical News published an article titled, “Serious work put into making primary care fun again.” With an anticipated serious shortage of primary care physicians over the next 20 years, the article addressed how to improve the lot of primary care providers, stating in part:

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I have some dear friends that are going through what some would term “tough times.” Each of them is hurting in different ways and needs a friend, helping hand, and kind words. I thought about the old adage, “Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.” But then I asked myself, “Do we really want to be thought of by those we love as ‘tough people’?” I realize the word “tough” is relative, and I think I know what the writer of that little bit of sage advice meant, but I find I still question the meaning.

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Countless times in this column over the years, I have recommended free standing anti-malware software from MalwareBytes, SuperAntiSpyware and Emsisoft. I have now had an opportunity to experiment with another newly released competing product, Malware Fighter 2 from IObit, and my first impressions are positive.

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Countless times in this column over the years, I have recommended free standing anti-malware software from MalwareBytes, SuperAntiSpyware and Emsisoft. I have now had an opportunity to experiment with another newly released competing product, Malware Fighter 2 from IObit, and my first impressions are positive.

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As the flagship sedan of the Lexus brand, the LS 460 is exceptional when it comes to elegance and style.

While retaining many of the qualities that have defined Lexus for more than 20 years, the LS reaches new heights in 2013 with an exciting blend of beautiful design, modern refinement and superior craftsmanship.

Elegant comfort

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Saturday, May 18, was a glorious day for Lamar University, which conferred more than 1,600 degrees to 1,605 graduates. Many of these graduates are parents, full-time workers — not to mention volunteers, athletes and participants in school organizations.

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