EDITORIAL CARTOONS

Anti-Vaxxer Neglidence

Published Saturday, February 7, 2015

Anti-Vaxxer Neglidence

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Strong as ever: Messenger’s Update approaches middle age

Published Wednesday, February 4, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Measles Outbreak

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More guns make no one safer

Published Saturday, January 31, 2015

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

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

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

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

50 Shades of Grey

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Putting the ‘death tax’ to rest

Published Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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

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

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

The Big Game

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Finding, friending and fleeing

Published Saturday, January 24, 2015

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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In case I don’t make it off the table

Published Saturday, January 24, 2015

This morning in a staff meeting we were visiting about calendar events.

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Act of kindness appreciated

Published Saturday, January 24, 2015

I just wanted to let you know about the honesty and kindness of one of your residents.

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DISD: separate ‘wants’ from ‘needs’ in bond

Published Saturday, January 24, 2015

Well, here we go again, Decatur ISD taxpayers. You better grab hold of your wallet because the superintendent and school board are coming after your cash to pay for unneeded "stuff."

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