Archive for 'Brandon Evans'

UIL gateway to creating an academic culture

Posted on 06. Feb, 2012 by .

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The state of Texas offers nice carrot to get kids passionate about academics. The UIL academic contests give students an amazing opportunity to apply what they learn in a competitive environment. But so far it seems like these academic contests are lacking as a priority at Wise County schools. However, there are a few teachers […]

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haze on the horizon

Posted on 23. Jan, 2012 by .

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Yesterday. Close to sunset. The wind howled from the west, echoing across the prairie like the ghost of a thousand wolves. It carried a beige haze like the smoke of distant fires. But closer and closer it oozed, replacing winter blue with a stain the color of dead grass. The dust storm enveloped the senses. […]

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Dreams deferred

Posted on 09. Jan, 2012 by .

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On a gray Sunday I stood next to an ancient oak tree. Leaning closely I noticed a cocoon buried deep in the fissures of the rough bark. Stowed away like a passenger on some oak-hulled ship, a creature slowly takes shape inside. Although it never moves, the winged animal will take first flight in a […]

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Waste more, want more

Posted on 26. Dec, 2011 by .

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Once we get everything we want we just want more. The Christian Science Monitor reports that “Americans generate an extra 5 million tons of waste between Thanksgiving and New Years Day.” The largest chunk of that originates from Christmas shopping. It’s ironic a holiday celebrating the birth a child that gave rise to a religion […]

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12 not so angry men and women

Posted on 19. Dec, 2011 by .

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District Judge John Fostel thanked the seven women and five men of the jury at the end of the trial in the Wise County Courthouse last week. It was a case of the state versus William E. Sparks. Sparks, 52, was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. This was a victim that trusted […]

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Green Monday smog

Posted on 12. Dec, 2011 by .

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Today, the second Monday in December, marks Green Monday. In contrast to the crowds and lines and hair pulling and trampling and pepper spraying of Black Friday, Green Monday (see http://www.greenmonday2011.org/), is the official online shopping day. It’s the last day to guarantee orders made online will arrive in time for Christmas. So it’s just a bunch […]

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snow, cynicism and whimsy

Posted on 05. Dec, 2011 by .

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“Getting an inch of snow is like winning 10 cents in the lottery.” — Bill Watterson, creator of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes “The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, […]

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Candidates without a district

Posted on 28. Nov, 2011 by .

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What happens when the district you plan to run for gets the kibosh? That’s what happened for Parker County resident Roger Williams. The Former Texas Secretary of State had made a splash on the national scene with his Donkey Whisperer political ad. It was part of his grass roots campaign for the newly created Congressional […]

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Tougher environmental regs good for North Texas

Posted on 14. Nov, 2011 by .

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Lots of politicians and some business owners like to perpetuate the idea that government regulation destroys jobs and curtails job creation. That perception might be more myth than fact. A study released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that only 0.3 percent of those laid off in the past year was due to “government […]

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