With the initial COVID-19 surge in cases and mortality in the rearview mirror (thankfully) for both New York and Florida, we finally have a clearer picture of the outcomes in states that took very different policy approaches — especially when it came to nursing homes.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Subscriber Kathy Baxter asked the Dispatch Record to run the following “Loos Tales” Opinion column, written by Kelli Loos, from the Aug. 31 High Plains Journal. The column is reprinted with permission from the author, who was substituting for her husband, Trent, that week.

We have an old story in our family where, sometime between 1926 and 1929, Dr. Marvin M. Landrum and his son Marvin Jr., a college kid full of wild ideas, got into a major argument over the environmental conservation of Sulphur Creek.

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Check out any professional and most college basketball teams. Their starting five, and most of their other 10 players, are black, as is 80% of the NBA. This does not come anywhere close to the diversity and inclusion sought by the nation’s social justice warriors. Both professional and college coaches have ignored and thrown away any pretense of seeking diversity and inclusiveness.

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It can get out of hand in a blink of an eye,” Shelby Talcott said. And she ought to know. The Daily Caller reporter has been in half a dozen riot-ravaged cities over the last few months -- and the things she’s seen are tough to shake.

Why are so many people and corporations supporting Black Lives Matter and Antifa? Many of the leaders of these groups are proclaiming openly themselves as Marxists (oops – not Marxists but Neo-Marxists). These groups are rioting, burning, attacking police (with bricks, fireworks and Molotov cocktails), and plundering just as the communists before they overthrew the czars in Russia.

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We have always known that Lampasas and its people were caring and warm-hearted, but the response we recently received for victims of Hurricane Laura in the area in Louisiana where Beth grew up far exceeded our hopes.

Blaming the violence on Trump is a bridge too far

Democrats won’t succeed at distancing themselves from the violence they have enabled on American streets. People surely know where the Democrats have stood on this, and they’re now backpedaling only because of polling data.

Institutional racism

Institutional racism and systemic racism are terms bandied about these days without much clarity. Being 84 years of age, I have seen and lived through what might be called institutional racism or systemic racism. Both operate under the assumption that one race is superior to another. It involves the practice of treating a person or group of people differently based on their race.