EDITORIAL CARTOONS

Health Care Prognosis

Published Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Health Care Prognosis

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Sugar rush: Copy-cat coffee sends sweet tooth into shock

Published Saturday, May 6, 2017

This didn't start as a joint column. It started with a newsroom conversation about Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino. For those not well-versed on fancy millennial coffee orders, that's a frozen cappuccino, and they're not very good.

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Sugar rush: Recreating the lovely, yet elusive Unicorn Frappuccino

Published Saturday, May 6, 2017

If you're in a certain age group (teens to late 20s) and on Instagram, you probably saw a lot of Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccinos in everyone's selfies a few weeks ago.

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Plastic Ocean

Published Saturday, May 6, 2017

Plastic Ocean

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A burning desire to learn

Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017

It doesn't take a diligent Messenger reader to know I'm a pretty big fan of Wise County's Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands. The naturalized area northwest of Decatur is probably my favorite part of the county, thanks to its relative wilderness and quiet roads.

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GOP majority pushes ‘sanctuary city’ bill to passage in Texas House

Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017

During his State of the State address on Jan. 31, Gov. Greg Abbott declared legislation banning so-called "sanctuary cities" to be one of his top priorities and an emergency item, saying: "Elected officials don't get to pick and choose which laws they obey."

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Tariff War

Published Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Tariff War

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Demise of the death penalty

Published Saturday, April 29, 2017

The death penalty is facing the firing squad all over the nation. In the past 10 years, seven states have repealed their death penalty laws and four others have moratoriums in place, pending review of the death penalty system.

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Combing through childhood memories

Published Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sometimes the most random items evoke the warmest memories, worming their way into your heart. I have a collection of them - a bookmark, ink pen and a tiny wrench, among others, and as I recently discovered, to the chagrin of my family, a Big Red Comb.

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House passes legislation to reform school finance law

Published Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Texas House of Representatives on April 19 approved school finance legislation that would reduce the amount of local tax dollars that property-rich school districts are required to share with other school districts under the so-called "Robin Hood" process.

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March for Science

Published Wednesday, April 26, 2017

March for Science

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The evolution of me

Published Saturday, April 22, 2017

Let me start with, "I'm not a runner." In fact, I'm not an athlete of any sort. I played the obligatory soccer as a small child. I also tried my hand at basketball in middle school, but I was absolutely terrible. I was uncoordinated, slow and much too docile to "BE aggressive, BE BE aggressive" on the court.

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Rhome Forward rules city

Published Saturday, April 22, 2017

On Jan. 10, three candidates for Rhome City Council were "elected" by a small group of residents led by Councilman Sam Eason that he refers to as Rhome Forward and Friends.

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Vote yes for NISD bond

Published Saturday, April 22, 2017

Over 10 years ago when we moved to Roanoke, Northwest ISD was a small, mostly country and small-town school district serving about 10,000 students.

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Thanks to Boyd FD, county EMS

Published Saturday, April 22, 2017

I would like to thank the Boyd Fire Department for responding to a medical emergency.

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Vote yes for Alvord bond

Published Saturday, April 22, 2017

I write today to encourage Alvord community members to get out and vote in favor of the Alvord ISD bond.

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Earth Day

Published Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day

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Election hangover no excuse to skip May voting

Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017

After the exhausting presidential race last year, it might be tempting for many of us to have a bit of election hangover. But it's time to sober up, quick.

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Federal judge says again, Texas voter ID law is discriminatory

Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017

U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi on April 10 ruled the state of Texas has failed to prove that the voter identification law was not written with discriminatory intent and purpose.

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Vote yes for Northwest bond

Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Please vote yes in the upcoming Northwest ISD bond election.

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