Supporting troops means more than watching a movie

Published Saturday, February 7, 2015
By Jake Harris

There's a scene in "American Sniper," Clint Eastwood's film about Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, where Kyle takes his young son with him to the auto shop to get his truck tuned up.

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Got a lift?

Published Saturday, February 7, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

There was a man who lived a quiet life and without much fanfare, worked for years, made many friends, served faithfully through his church, and died a few years ago at the end of a long and fruitful life.

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More guns would make Texas safer

Published Saturday, February 7, 2015
By Brian Bernardo

I read the article in the Messenger today ("More guns make no one safer," Bob Buckel, Jan. 31). Then I reread it.

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Anti-Vaxxer Neglidence

Published Saturday, February 7, 2015
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Strong as ever: Messenger’s Update approaches middle age

Published Wednesday, February 4, 2015
By Brian Knox

A member of the Messenger family turned 39 Monday and got its customary visit from thousands of loyal readers. I get to spend time with this dedicated news provider every morning, and afternoon, and sometimes on the weekends, and occasionally, even in the middle of the night. News never sleeps, and neither does Update.

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Budget-writing process begins in Senate committee

Published Wednesday, February 4, 2015
By Ed Sterling

On Jan. 28 the main work of the Texas Legislature started when the state budget-writing Senate Finance Committee met at the Capitol.

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Decatur bond issue: Believe in our schools

Published Wednesday, February 4, 2015
By Jackie Brown

You may have heard that Decatur ISD is putting together a proposal for a bond election.

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Open carry not a problem out in the west

Published Wednesday, February 4, 2015
By Robert Shaffer

I grew up in Southern California and was also in law enforcement. In them old days it was legal to carry a sidearm in open view... until about 1967, when a group of radical Black Panthers visited the state capitol legally carrying shotguns, rifles and sidearms.

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Agrees with officer in shooting

Published Wednesday, February 4, 2015
By Dale Burchfield

On one point Mr. Buckel ("More guns make no one safer," Messenger, Jan. 31, 2015) and I agree.

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Measles Outbreak

Published Wednesday, February 4, 2015
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More guns make no one safer

Published Saturday, January 31, 2015
By Bob Buckel

New Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said the other day the "open carry" issue - the right to openly carry a gun in Texas - did not have the votes to be a priority for the 84th Legislature. When I heard that, I breathed a huge sigh of relief.

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Musings of a drug-addled hypochondriac

Published Saturday, January 31, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

Until last January, I never knew what "hay fever" was. I know now.

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Power to the people, not the politicians

Published Saturday, January 31, 2015
By Eddie R. Dunlap

Oft op-ed contributor Lee Hamilton exposed his true roots in his recent spin in the Wise County Messenger.

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Thanks for celebrating a century

Published Saturday, January 31, 2015
By Ruby Partin

Many thanks to every person who contributed in any way to my 100th birthday celebration.

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50 Shades of Grey

Published Saturday, January 31, 2015
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Putting the ‘death tax’ to rest

Published Wednesday, January 28, 2015
By Mac Thornberry

My political life began in a slightly unlikely place: in the pickup with my grandfather in Donley County. A rancher by heritage and profession, he was always interested in the news and somehow imparted upon me the understanding that decisions being made a long way off affected our daily lives.

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Abbott, Patrick take office

Published Wednesday, January 28, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Jan. 20 was inauguration day for Gov. Greg Abbott, successor to Rick Perry, who completed a record-setting 14 years as governor. Abbott is the 48th governor of Texas.

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It’ll never be time for term limits on Congress

Published Wednesday, January 28, 2015
By Lee Hamilton

It didn't get much attention at the time, but the elections last November did more than give Republicans a majority in the U.S. Senate.

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The Big Game

Published Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Finding, friending and fleeing

Published Saturday, January 24, 2015
By Bob Buckel

Galen was one of the most talented humans I have ever known. We met when a couple from our church invited a few of the "new" folks over for supper. He and Pat, like my wife and I, were both newlyweds and newcomers.

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