It’s a tradition as old as time, the NFL season ends and the firings begin. It may seem morbid, but the NFL’s Black Monday is actually a positive moment for fans.

My grandfather was driving us back from Broken Bow. It was late on a Saturday night. At least it was late for me. My bedtime was usually 8 o’clock. It was at least 8:30, and I was tired.

A word of caution for those passionate Democrats who believe Republican gerrymandering will cost them the U.S. House in the 2022 elections: Don’t use that straight razor on your wrist just yet. Things may be better than you’ve been led to believe.

As everyone’s resident NFL guru, I get a lot of friends and family who ask me questions about football, like “Why don’t they just run the ball?” and “How can I shut Joe Buck up?” But this season, those questions seem to center around a new element on the broadcasts.

The last few years of my dad’s life, he would often say, “I don’t want to learn anything new.”

2021 was the second year of the pandemic. The Texas Legislature met in regular session, as usual, but then followed that session with three special sessions on issues that had to be done (redistricting) and on issues lawmakers didn’t address during that 140-day regular session. The issue of drawing new political maps came late, because the pandemic delayed the 2020 census. Others — new voting and election laws, and restrictions on what can be taught in public schools, for instance — were priority issues for Republicans at the legislative and at the statewide level, and could be the subject of debate in 2022’s election cycle.

Happy New Year, everybody! This is the start of a new year, and the time that a lot of us choose to make the decision to better ourselves. For example, my main resolution this year will either be “eat right and get back in shape,” or possibly “get too fat for regular pants.” I’ll let you kno…

In Washington, tax dollars get tossed around like Monopoly money, especially in times of crisis when politicians start talking about the need to expand the social safety net.

People used to drive over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house each holiday season to give thanks, eat, visit, and play games.

I hope it’s been a Merry Christmas for everybody. By now hopefully you’ve all settled settled in nicely and are enjoying your presents, which were all the correct sizes and colors.

For years, it’s been black letter law in journalistic ethics: Never use your position, insight or knowledge to aid or advise public figures — particularly politicians — in return for something of value.

My first car cost $500. It was a 1966 Ford Mustang, white with red interior. Thanks to my father, I could work on it.

Back by lukewarm demand, for all of you Festivus enthusiasts, it’s time for the annual airing of grievances. Let’s get right to it. I have to get back to training for the feats of strength.

I regularly deal with women who’ve been sexually abused in other countries. Many of them do not report the assaults to law enforcement, because in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, the police are unlikely to take rape and harassment seriously. These are generally patriarchal societies, where women are still considered property. There might be laws on the books, but they’re rarely applied.

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