The Senate's tradition of a "Blocker Bill," one that requires a larger than majority vote to consider legislation, is respected by many veteran senators.

Editor's Note: The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances.

With only seven weeks left in session, the Legislature is well on its way to completing its to do list with both chambers passing their versions of the budget. This is the only constitutionally required task for the Legislature to complete.

We have all experienced it: we are going through a terrible time. We are suffering and afraid. We pray – and pray – and pray, but we see no answer. When my daughter died after 4 days in ICU and constant praying, I overheard her grandmother exclaim, “What about all our prayers?”

Since day one, Democrats in Congress have been rushing to impeachment. After Robert Mueller reported there was no collusion between Russia and President Trump’s campaign, they immediately jumped to their next fishing expedition – President Trump’s tax returns.

Our community is up to us. The desirability of Huntsville brings buyers, tenants and residential developers. How do we want our community to be seen by others? Do we want it to be appealing as a permanent residence?

Editor's Note: The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances.

Our community is up to us. The desirability of Huntsville brings buyers, tenants and residential developers. How do we want our community to be seen by others? Do we want it to be appealing as a permanent residence?

The Texas House has passed House Bill 3, the school finance overhaul bill, with a historic vote of 148-1. It is headed to the Senate and we will continue to work to ensure school districts are funded equitably. Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week:  

Think about the person you love the most. Would you say it was your child? I know it can be a hard choice, especially when you have more than one child. We would never admit that we love one of our children more than another. We just say we love them in different ways. And that is true, for we are all unique.

Are you tired of being stressed? Shout, shout it all out! Exactly what is your moment (a vapor)? I know it is a busy time of year, so it is vital that we learn and practice keeping things simple in our lives as we approach the summer months. According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, you should “write it on your heart, that every day is the best day of the year” to be living.

The week of youth Expo has been my favorite week of the year since I came to work at the Corsicana Daily Sun in 2002.

This week, I had the honor of recognizing Smokey the Bear on the Senate floor for his 75th anniversary of service. The Smokey the Bear program is the longest-running public service advertising campaign in U.S. History.

If you’ve received an uptick of robocalls calls recently, you’re not alone. Robodialers are busier than ever. Likely related to Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) technology, mass calling and the ability to display fake caller ID information are both quick and inexpensive, making the calls easy for scammers. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), nearly 2.4 billion robocalls are made every month.

Editor's Note: The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances.

Have you ever had an expensive home repair? I recommend having high cost items on your home inspected annually. Some major home disasters can be prevented when you are able to catch a small problem before it becomes a large one.

Words carry the weight of responsibility. They can impact public opinion and even change history.

When I was in my early 20s, I shared a Los Angeles apartment with two good friends — my sister, Wendy, and our friend from college, Seth.

Verses 15-23 of Proverbs chapter 5 contain a series of related questions dealing with the issue of marital faithfulness. Actually, they are all part of the same question. The question is asked in three different ways in verses 16 and 20. In 17-19, God answers the question for us and gives us positive reasons for faithfulness. After rephrasing the question in verse 20, God gives three warnings of certain consequences to marital unfaithfulness. First, He reminds us that everything we do is in His full view, implying His impending punishment. Second, He reminds us that the sin we find so pleasing for a short time will indeed in the end trap us and hold us prisoner. Third, God predicts that this sin will result in our death. Finally, God minces no words in concluding that the whole blame is ours. It is brought on by our own inability to control ourselves because of our own great foolishness.

If you’ve watched the television series American Picker, then you’ve probably heard Mike Wolfe talk about his oil can collection. I don’t know if oil can collecting was popular before he promoted it, but it certainly is now. Currently on exhibit is a collection of some 50 oil cans and accessory items. Researching old oil cans takes one down three paths – oil can manufacturing, oil can advertising, and the oil companies themselves.

Many people do not understand that the purpose of hiring a real estate agent is to have informed representation. A full time Realtor that has sold numerous properties has experienced multiple scenarios in their transactions. They know how to handle difficult situations that arise during the contract period.

While the Legislature has officially passed the 70th day, the halfway point of the session, most of the work is done in this last half of a long marathon.

Editor's Note: The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Any readers with a legal problem, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult an attorney for advice on their particular circumstances.

In the middle of a story about a boy having a catch with his father, baseball player Shoeless Joe Jackson asks, “Is this heaven?”

Have you ever been in your car on the way somewhere and decided that you didn’t want to go where you were going?

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With great sadness the family of Kem K. Bishop, age 59 of Montalba, announces his passing on Friday, April 12, 2019. Kem was born April 29, 1959 in Houston, Tx. The "Amazing Kem" worked 23 years for Palestine Regional Medical Center. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Sgt. Robert "Bobby" Lloyd Maddux, USMC, went home on April 6, 2019. He was born in Bryan, Texas on September 6, 1958. He was a life member of D.A.V., VFW and American Legion. He was proud to serve his country as a United States Marine. He served from 1980 to 1989. He is survived by his wife,…