Unlike this year’s U.S. Senate races, mainly being fought in Trump-friendly states, many of the most contested House electoral battles are for Republican-held seats in more Democratic-leaning places. That enhances the odds of Democrats winning control of the House and presents a dilemma for Republican incumbents: Do they strike some distance from President Trump or continue to march in lockstep with him in Congress? Don’t look for any mass Republican defections, even if the probe of any Trump ties to Russia escalates.

Gauging the paucity of comments received about the glaring absence of longtime McLennan County Precinct 2 Commissioner Lester Gibson from commissioners court meetings, and over many months, many constituents appear unconcerned. One reason might well be his handy, efficient assistant, Pat Chisolm-Miller, who has 22 years of knowledge about the precinct and inner workings of county government. She obviously has been able to oversee at least some of Gibson’s obligations and duties, even though she does not sit on the court as an elected policymaker.

No time of year more than spring reveals how picky we McLennan Countians can be on what past local events rate historical and societal reflection. Many folks — especially those past a certain age — are happy to revel in a milestone anniversary of the May 11, 1953, tornado striking Waco. While the tornado left 114 dead and much of our city in ruins, the incident nearly 65 years ago is punctuated by rousing anecdotes of sacrifice, heroism and unity. Themes of rescue, renewal and rebuilding run rampant. And it’s not like anyone “caused” the killer tornado.