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by Claude E. Welch The following is the text of my regular monthly column in the Lufkin (Texas) Daily News that appeared last Friday. The goals of two political organizations, MoveOn.org on the left and the Tea Party on the right, are as divided as political goals can possibly get. They are “natural born” political rivals. However, recent news is their divide is narrowing and, if so, it is not encouraging for some politicians and their major financial backers. First, the news out of San Read More...

By Marty Sorensen Over the years I have learned that getting things done requires intelligent discussion and, probably, most important the art of listening.  As a retired civil engineer/meteorologist/project manager, I had to develop a better sense of communication.  And being a good listener is at the core of civil discourse.  I have had the luxury of having a very diverse group of friends and colleagues from the quite liberal to the very conservative.  Those friendships have endured many Read More...

When I agreed to host a Living Room Conversation about money in politics I did not realize how many issues the conversation might touch on. At first, when we engaged on other issues, I worried about getting side tracked. Then I realized that it was ok to get sidetracked. That was part of us getting to know each other. And occasionally when these other conversations looked like they could be a whole additional conversation we agreed to set the issue aside for now, with the understanding that if we Read More...