As Waco triathlete Nancy Goodnight approached mile 52 of the 112-mile bike route in last Saturday’s Memorial Herman Ironman Texas race in Houston, she couldn’t help but remember back to Nov. 3 during the Ironman Florida triathlon when she was run over by another cyclist. She suffered seven broken ribs, a collapsed lung and a lacerated liver.

Jimmy Matus, 52, had just finished dinner on Wednesday when he spotted from his house a fire at the West fertilizer plant. He ran a quarter-mile through the grass to the plant. His son, Dustin, and Dustin’s fiancee, Rebecca Wright, urged him to stay put. But he wouldn’t, Rebecca’s mother, Jo Ann Wright, told me.

At the Family Abuse Center’s Waco shelter, where hundreds of women and children go to escape domestic abuse, a woman with the kindest of faces stood shaking before me on Tuesday evening. She was visibly distraught and scared.

Kris Collins, director of business retention and expansion for the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, offered a bit of hard truth while walking me through the process of how new companies might consider relocating to Waco — a major component of economic development.

The urbanization of America has had one serious consequence: Too many city residents fail to grasp the significant challenges facing agriculture, including the devastating impact of drought, floods, water shortages, tariffs, regulations and disease on farming and ranching. This is no place for amateurs — and anyone who claims to be earnest and concerned about agriculture today has no option but to vote to elect Kim Olson as state agriculture commissioner.

The 2018 general election has been widely heralded as “the most important election in a generation.” From the climate standpoint, this description is appropriate. While climatologists intensify their warnings that we must decarbonize by 2050, the Trump administration’s every environmental action is decreasing our ability to combat climate change. We will thus compare the climate change portfolio of candidates in several of the major November races.

According to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Republicans in Washington “are setting in motion their plan to destroy the Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security that seniors and families rely on.” She’s distorting comments by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who actually said that while he would like to see reforms to those programs, they will not happen with Congress and the White House both controlled by Republicans. Republicans aren’t planning to cut Medicare and Social Security.

Flashback

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