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 LOTS IN A NAME

IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury Brits have long been viewed as folks who seem bent on probing details of “whys” on many topics, some of them unlikely. Maybe it’s because they’ve been around a long time. Like the Farmers Insurance commercial, they “know a thing or two because they’ve seen a thing or two.” Many of them reach “lathered

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MAJORING IN MAJORS

IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury A minister friend–aware of ever-growing complications and mounting tonnage at the trough of trivia–often used the expression from the pulpit, in staff meetings and in conversation. He felt strongly about “keeping the main thing the main thing.” It was a serious challenge made so often that friends often referred to him as the “main

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IT ALL STARTED AT THE RODEO

IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury We’ve heard about the chances of being hit by lightning, winning the lottery or scoring a hole-in-one on the golf course, but nothing about the probability of two distinguished educators meeting up at a rodeo. Dr. Ronny Collins, former school superintendent at Wellington, Jacksboro, Snyder and Mineral Wells, was a rodeo clown to

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DOING THE RIGHT THING

IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury In wildest dreams, it never occurred to me that one day I’d write a piece referencing three bigger-than-life personalities. This day, I am. Two of the three are valued friends whose names are well known in Texas, and the third I’ve never met. There’s nothing gained by keeping readers in suspense (as if I

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SAY WHAT? CURSIVE BACK?

IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury The news that cursive handwriting is returning to elementary school curricula is being roundly applauded, perhaps equal to ovations that welcomed Dolly back to Broadway. Some of us thought cursive instruction had been “written off” in recent years, replaced by fingers fleeting across tiny keyboards on iPhones, iPads and such. No one is more

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TELLING HEADLINES

IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury It was bound to happen, and finally, it did. I overheard the words “artificial intelligence” and “fake news” mentioned in the same sentence. Maybe we need more “real thing” topics.  Coca-Cola sold gazillions of its products with its “real thing” claim years ago. During our youth, we placed great trust in mass media news,

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NOW ISN’T THAT SPECIAL?

IDLE AMERICAN Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury A commonpractice when decision-makers arrive in Washington, D. C., is to check common sense at the door. There’s daily evidence of “bonehead” decisions that make us wonder about competencies. The other day, President Trump hit replay when citizens came unstuck with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ announcement that the federal government would no longer

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