Author: East Texas Review

Local Surgeon Heals Hearts and Whole Bodies

By Joycelyne Fadojutimi Dr. Samir Germanwala, DO, knows the human heart and all its intricacies as it pumps the blood that supplies oxygen and nutrients to various tissues while removing carbon dioxide and other wastes. This interventional cardiologist’s patients come to him with many heart-related issues, but among the most lethal and common are aneurysms. These are killers that, unlike a rattlesnake, seldom give warning as they menace many, many patients. The full name is Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA,) and its favorite targets are Caucasian males with such unhealthy habits as smoking and gluttony. In some cases patients are...

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Be Watchful for Tax Time Scams

By Michelle Agbanyi With potentially 153 million returns to be filed this year, scam artists are likely to have a field day. While the IRS continues to increase its efforts against refund fraud, the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration projects that victims collectively have paid more than $50 million to scammers posing as IRS officials since 2013. BBB reminds consumers to familiarize themselves with the telltale signs of tax scams. “Although there’s not a completely fool proof way to keep from having your identity compromised, prevention is key”, said Mechele Agbayani Mills, President and CEO of BBB...

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Take Control of Your Electronic Entertainment Budget

By Nathaniel Sillin It seems like every few weeks there’s a new “must-watch” movie or show. Competition between traditional and new production companies is driving the wave of high-quality content. I can’t complain, but it’s also hard to keep up. I have an ever-growing list of binge-able things to watch, read and listen to, and in the meantime, I’m paying bills for multiple bills month. As long as my family’s necessary expenses are covered, spending money on entertainment can be worth it. However, I’ve also noticed that left unmonitored, expenses can slowly grow out of control. I’d rather look...

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Is Trump’s America Our America?

By Jim Hightower WHO ARE WE? Are we the great America of courage, spunk, openness, inclusion, opportunity and democratic promise — as expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms and Emma Lazarus’ sonnet engraved on the Statue of Liberty? Or are we the sad America of fear, cowardice, bigotry, xenophobia, intolerance and autocracy — negative traits emanating from the darkness of Donald Trump’s miserable dystopian view of our society, which has now resulted in him unilaterally imposing a contemptible and chaotic ban on immigrants from seven Muslim nations. The...

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Moral Supremacy and Mr. Putin

By Patrick Buchanan Is Donald Trump to be allowed to craft a foreign policy based on the ideas on which he ran and won the presidency in 2016? Our foreign policy elite’s answer appears to be a thunderous no. Case in point: U.S. relations with Russia. During the campaign Trump was clear. He would seek closer ties with Russia and cooperate with Vladimir Putin in smashing al-Qaida and ISIS terrorists in Syria, and leave Putin’s ally Bashar Assad alone. With this diplomatic deal in mind, President Trump has resisted efforts to get him to call Putin a “thug” or...

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