Searching for words

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

I was running through the woods, trying to catch up. Ahead of me was an old house, long abandoned and surrounded on all sides by thicket. I say a house - in retrospect, it was more of an ancient shack that likely belonged to a long-gone cotton farmer.

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Grand jury indicts governor on 2 counts

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Ed Sterling

A Travis County grand jury on Aug. 15 indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant.

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Governor was just exercising his authority

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Zan Prince

Fair and impartial application of laws is the basis of our society. Each elected official is responsible to enforce and follow the law.

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Think twice about waiving adoption fees

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Kristina Walden

Waiving adoption fees creates a profound issue for all municipal shelters or rescue agencies.

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Some don’t like being asked questions

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
By Rusty White

Some time ago I started asking people on the Messenger's online forum when, if ever, has there been an audit of all the property, money, vehicles, weapons, etc. taken from citizens by our courts and public servants. I just want to know who is accountable.

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Looting

Published Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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The roadside recycler

Published Saturday, August 16, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Apologies to Jeff Foxworthy, but you're almost certainly a redneck if you could completely furnish several houses just by picking up the furniture that's in your own yard, your neighbors' yards, and alongside the road you live on.

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Scars attest to life’s adventures

Published Saturday, August 16, 2014
By David Talley

Here's a confession: I watched PG-13 movies long before I had reached the age of 13. In fact, most of my favorite films growing up probably would've been considered inappropriate for children my age (I'd like to apologize to my mother, father and the Motion Picture Association of America).

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Prayers rising from inside prison walls

Published Saturday, August 16, 2014
By Larry Anthony Harris

A few weeks ago I wrote a letter to the Messenger about the dangers of ignoring the "small voice" that warns us against foolish actions that often have tragic consequences.

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Decatur ISD should spend on door openers

Published Saturday, August 16, 2014
By Sandie Martinez

Last year, after I saw how much trouble the aides go through to exit the students in wheelchairs out of the building and onto the bus, I called the director of special education and Decatur ISD to ask why there were no handicap electric door openers at the high school.

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Football

Published Saturday, August 16, 2014
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Kindness to a rookie not forgotten

Published Wednesday, August 13, 2014
By Richard Greene

In the spring of 2000, I felt the urge to chase my passion for sports writing and leave behind the city council and school board meetings that filled most of my nights.

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Class of 2013 achieves highest graduation rate

Published Wednesday, August 13, 2014
By Ed Sterling

The class of 2013 Texas high school on-time graduation rate was 88 percent - the highest on record and 0.3 percentage points higher than the previous record set by the class of 2012, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams announced on Aug. 5.

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Robin Williams

Published Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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Didn’t have time for Nixon’s pain

Published Saturday, August 9, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Forty years was three lifetimes ago. Forty years ago in May, I graduated from high school on a warm, starry Friday night. My buddy Trip and I walked and drove around town the whole night, never settling anywhere, savoring every conversation, every hug, every look as though it might be the last.

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Fresh voices signal positive change at DHS

Published Saturday, August 9, 2014
By Brian Knox

The new school year always offers students and teachers a fresh start.

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Why government fails, and what we should do about it

Published Saturday, August 9, 2014
By Lee H. Hamilton

As election season approaches, I've been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society.

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Hackers

Published Saturday, August 9, 2014
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Let the information flow

Published Wednesday, August 6, 2014
By Bob Buckel

What it really comes down to is osmosis. You remember osmosis from high school science, don't you? That's the process that lets stuff pass through the membrane around your cells.

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Texas deals with border as Congress departs

Published Wednesday, August 6, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Congress left Washington, D.C., Aug. 1 for a month-long recess, without having passed an immigration bill addressing the porous U.S.-Mexico border and humanitarian crisis.

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