Putting health, and care, in health care

Published Saturday, November 16, 2013
By Bob Buckel

America thinks and talks a lot about health care. Lately, it seems that's all we talk about.

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What we can learn from our veterans

Published Saturday, November 9, 2013
By Bob Buckel

I never served in the military. Like most boys coming out of high school, it probably would have done me some good - but my generation was weaned in the turbulent 1960s on protests and riots and anti-war songs, and the U.S. military wasn't respected the way it is now.

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The irresistible allure of otherness

Published Saturday, October 26, 2013
By Bob Buckel

Years ago, when we lived on a cul-de-sac in a neighborhood in town, a small contingent of high school kids came to our door on a Halloween evening.

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The bully pulpit

Published Saturday, October 19, 2013
By Bob Buckel

No matter how long man endures, no matter what bombs, bullets, death-rays, lasers or phasers he invents, words will remain the most powerful weapon ever devised.

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Government is not the genius of America

Published Wednesday, October 9, 2013
By Bob Buckel

The United States government is a quarrelling, bickering, name-calling, divided, dysfunctional family. Dare I remind you that we elected them?

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The Guv Guy and the fine art of politics

Published Saturday, September 28, 2013
By Bob Buckel

"Hello, Senator Cruz? This is Ed at the White House. The president was just wondering if you two could get together for, say, beer and nachos in the Rose Garden Monday afternoon?"

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War-weary?

Published Saturday, September 14, 2013
By Bob Buckel

With the 12th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks this week, I've spent way too much time in front of the TV, steeped in stories of heroism and tragedy from that day.

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Acquiring a skill you hope you never need

Published Saturday, September 7, 2013
By Bob Buckel

So far, it's just a card in my wallet. A couple of weeks ago my wife and I went through a CPR/AED training session at the Decatur Fire Department - renewing our certification to keep it current.

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Feathering tips for the empty nest

Published Saturday, August 31, 2013
By Bob Buckel

Last Sunday, for the first time in nearly 30 years, my wife and I returned to a house where no offspring live with us.

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Confessions of an off-season star

Published Saturday, August 24, 2013
By Bob Buckel

For the next few months, a small town in Texas may be the best place in the world.

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What children hear

Published Saturday, August 17, 2013
By Bob Buckel

There's a scene in the movie "Coal Miner's Daughter" where Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn and Tommy Lee Jones as her husband, Doolittle, are having a hushed conversation in their sleeping kids' bedroom.

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Taking what the ocean gives you

Published Wednesday, August 7, 2013
By Bob Buckel

"Sea level" is an oxymoron. Anyone who lives near the ocean knows that.

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Better times for Texas schools?

Published Wednesday, July 24, 2013
By Bob Buckel

Texas public schools, like businesses and households, have gone through a difficult stretch the last few years.

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The wheels of justice

Published Wednesday, July 17, 2013
By Bob Buckel

The first time I covered a trial as a newspaper reporter, the only drama was how dramatically it changed my ideas about trials.

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There’s a new pecking order

Published Monday, July 8, 2013
By Bob Buckel

The door opened and a tough-looking rooster was tossed in. It slammed shut before he could escape, but he spun around and pecked at it anyway as footsteps receded down the hallway.

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There’s a higher power

Published Saturday, June 29, 2013
By Bob Buckel

Here in the USA, things haven't exactly been going "right" lately.

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People are more important than … anything

Published Saturday, June 22, 2013
By Bob Buckel

The debate is on again. Should the Washington Redskins, the National Football League franchise in our nation's capital, change its mascot?

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I’m-From-The-Government guy goes undercover

Published Saturday, June 15, 2013
By Bob Buckel

"Hey! Pssst! Over here!" I scanned the parking lot. Then I looked down and saw him, crouching between cars. Me?

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The graduation story

Published Saturday, June 1, 2013
By Bob Buckel

She's so tiny she's hard to see, even in the motorized wheelchair that has given her mobility since she got old enough to drive it.

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Remembering, with grateful hearts

Published Saturday, May 25, 2013
By Bob Buckel

I wish every American kid could visit Arlington National Cemetery.

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