EDITORIAL CARTOONS

Phrase of the Week: “Conscious Uncoupling”

Published Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Phrase of the Week: "Conscious Uncoupling"

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A Wookiee in Wise: In pursuit of Peter Mayhew

Published Wednesday, April 2, 2014

At 7-foot, 3 inches tall, Peter Mayhew is hard to miss. But the English-born actor, best known for playing Chewbacca in the Star Wars saga, continues to elude Messenger reporters.

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A ‘pretty good’ name for a dog

Published Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The idea for writing this little column every once in a while has been rewarded by comments from friends and new friends all over the county.

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The persistent pursuit of plaques

Published Saturday, March 29, 2014

I majored in English in college for one reason, and one reason only. I wanted to win the Nobel Prize for literature.

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‘Let me tell ya ’bout the birds and the bees…’

Published Saturday, March 29, 2014

Yeah, "nature-lover" me was sitting out on the back deck-porch-whatchamacallit the other day, and I actually got to watch the birds and the bees.

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The Selfie

Published Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Selfie

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Fixing Congress

Published Wednesday, March 26, 2014

These are hard times for Congress. Our democracy's keystone political institution is widely derided as ineffective, unproductive, irrelevant, and sadly out of touch.

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DPS creates center to protect children

Published Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Texas Department of Public Safety March 18 announced the creation of the Texas Crimes Against Children Center within the agency's Texas Rangers Division.

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Who vandalized babies’ graves?

Published Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Jeers to whomever chose to vandalize the Preskitt Cemetery, and cheers to the Wise County Sheriff's deputy who patrols this area for letting us know.

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Fred Phelps, You’ve Passed Away

Published Saturday, March 22, 2014

Fred Phelps, You've Passed Away

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Up in the air

Published Saturday, March 22, 2014

A few years ago I had an opportunity to fly to Minneapolis/St. Paul to make a presentation at a newspaper convention. My family couldn't go, so for once, I was one of those guys, alone in the airport, flying somewhere on business.

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The freedom to chase rabbits

Published Saturday, March 22, 2014

As I nursed my aching shoulder the other night, I came to realize rabbits are jerks.

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Calling for changes in Alvord ISD

Published Saturday, March 22, 2014

The town of Alvord has had enough.

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Malaysia Flight 370

Published Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Malaysia Flight 370

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Building our food IQ on a mini-farm

Published Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I stood over the meat counter, eyes flitting from one slick package to the next, perplexed. I didn't know what to buy. None of it looked bad, but none of it looked particularly good either.

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Many registered but few voted in primaries

Published Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Looking back at the March 4 primaries, Texas boasted 13,601,324 voters who registered in time to cast a ballot.

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About to give up on Lent

Published Wednesday, March 19, 2014

March 5 wasn't just another day in the countdown to spring break, it was Ash Wednesday, observed mostly by Roman Catholics, which I'm not - but I always give up something for Lent.

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Pope Francis Inadvertently Uses a Profanity

Published Saturday, March 15, 2014

Pope Francis Inadvertently Uses a Profanity

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2016 SAT Redesign

Published Saturday, March 15, 2014

2016 SAT Redesign

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Toiling in the soil, again

Published Saturday, March 15, 2014

A neighbor who has been an interior designer her whole working life recently decided to retire from that profession - at which she is very, very good.

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