EDITORIAL CARTOONS

Class of 2017

Published Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Class of 2017

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Walls won’t make us safer, only more suspicious

Published Saturday, May 13, 2017

Our society seems really obsessed with walls right now. And I'm not just talking about the physical ones.

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It ain’t over til it’s over, unless it is

Published Saturday, May 13, 2017

Earlier this month, Baltimore Oriole's player Manny Machado went on an epic rant so filled with expletives that it's little more than a series of bleeps. He was ranting because Red Sox's Chris Sale threw behind him.

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Show your conservatism

Published Saturday, May 13, 2017

I am Mark from the Boy Scout Troop 194, and I am writing about how our country is changing.

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ER staff offers excellent care

Published Saturday, May 13, 2017

Yesterday was the second time I had to go to the Wise Health System emergency room, and they were outstanding both times.

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FBI Director

Published Saturday, May 13, 2017

FBI Director

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Remaining thankful on dark days

Published Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Last week I left an interview in Boyd with only one thing on my mind: stopping for a bottled water before returning to the office. But as I turned onto Texas 114, I was greeted by a wall of smoke.

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House joins Senate in passing constitutional convention measure

Published Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Texas House of Representatives on May 4 approved Senate Joint Resolution 2, a measure calling for a convention of the states, as contemplated and enabled by Article V of the U.S. Constitution.

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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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