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Molly Ivins

AUSTIN, Texas — "We ought to be beating our chests every day. We ought to look in a mirror and be proud, and stick out our chests and suck in our bellies, and say, 'Damn, we're Americans!'" — Jay Garner, retired general and the man in charge of the American occupation of Iraq. Thus it is with a sense of profound relief that one hears the news that Garner is about to be replaced by a civilian with nation-building experience. I realize we have all been too busy with the Laci Peterson ...

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Doug Lambert

With the beginning of AAU basketball season, our family had the occasion to travel to St. Johnsbury, Vermont this past weekend for a tournament. Work schedules dictated that the family travel separately and at different times. The drive North up Route 93 is a pleasant, yet fairly unexceptional trip- until you round that corner into Franconia Notch State Park. From this point northward into Vermont, the highway driving views are nothing short of spectacular. Winter trips to Twin ...

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Ed Philpot

The events leading up to the war with Iraq, the conduct of the war and the post-war attempt to Americanize Iraq have all been played to the tune of the neo-conservative elements within the Bush administration. Calmer voices, such as Colin Powell’s, have been drowned out by the strident chorus of Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz. This does not bode well for a successful middle east strategy. One thing that this war has proved is that there was no cache of chemical or biological weapons ...

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Molly Ivins

AUSTIN, Texas — Don't worry about a thing! The Texas Legislature is riding to the rescue. Oh, sure, we still have a $10 billion deficit, but the House just outlawed gay marriage. At last, we're safe from the hideous threat of gay marriage, which would have directly ruined our entire lives. Meanwhile, the House has: — Eliminated 10,810 state jobs; — Cut 250,000 poor children off the Children's Health Insurance Program and about 365,000 from health insurance through Medicaid; — Cut ...

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Kathleen Crane

I understand that you are concerned — I share that concern. Anthem customers in our region have been told that after August 31, they will no longer have access to their local doctors or their local hospital. We have worked hard to build a quality hospital and network of doctors in Franklin, and we understand how fragile such a system can be. Two years ago, we came dangerously close to losing our local hospital, and we were faced with a critical shortage of physicians in this ...

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