Coffee with a side of forced national dialogue

Published Saturday, March 21, 2015
By Jake Harris

"I'd like a tall cup of coffee, please." "Sounds, good, sir, and while we're brewing that for you, would you like to take a couple of minutes out of your day to talk about Ferguson, Mo.? Or the rights of Mexican immigrants? Or how about issuing reparations to Native Americans?"

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History Lesson

Published Saturday, March 21, 2015
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Story behind the shamrock; Family celebrates Irish roots

Published Wednesday, March 18, 2015
By Danielle Scroggins

Green hats, buttons and stickers are displayed on Wal-Mart shelves. Shamrocks are decorating Lowe's exit, and other businesses around town are offering specials on corned beef, green shirts or specialty beverages.

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Lawmakers seek to control elements of state spending

Published Wednesday, March 18, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Debates over the Texas House and Senate versions of the state budget lie ahead, and movement toward setting budget controls to blend into a final, agreed-upon budget for 2016-2017 emerged in low-numbered bills filed last week.

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Smith’s outrage unfounded

Published Wednesday, March 18, 2015
By Andy Sabo

This is an open letter to Ms. Tracy Smith, Wise County Democratic Party chair, in response to her letter to the editor dated March 14, 2015.

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Vote Joiner for DISD board

Published Wednesday, March 18, 2015
By Jill Eder

All eligible voters should run, not walk, to the polls to vote for Matt Joiner in the upcoming DISD school board election!

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Brackets

Published Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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Some are more equal than others

Published Saturday, March 14, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

Taking photos or video of the police is not a crime ... yet. This week, Texas Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) introduced House Bill 2918, which basically makes any video or photo by "private citizens" of police officers a crime.

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UIL spells success

Published Saturday, March 14, 2015
By Richard Greene

Next week, Bridgeport will send a team to compete in the state tournament. No, this will not be on the hardwood and there will not be 500 fans gobbling up tickets within a couple of hours to see them compete.

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GOP letter undermines US abroad

Published Saturday, March 14, 2015
By Tracy Smith

I'm outraged by the letter signed by the two Texas U.S. senators, Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, along with 45 other U.S. senators from different states that was intended to usurp the authority of our commander-in-chief.

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Letters to Iran

Published Saturday, March 14, 2015
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Overheard at the coffee shop, plus a little ‘code talk’

Published Wednesday, March 11, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

The following comments were overheard at the coffee shop. "My wife doesn't think housework can kill you, but she's not going to take a chance." "At our house, we figure the best way to get rid of kitchen odors is to eat out ... so we do."

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Senate bills set stage for tax, debt relief

Published Wednesday, March 11, 2015
By Ed Sterling

A trio of powerful state senators, along with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, on March 5 jointly announced the filing of legislation they coauthored to cut taxes and pay off state debt.

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Vote ‘yes’ for Props 1 and 2

Published Wednesday, March 11, 2015
By Tony Mooney

My name is Tony Mooney, and I am a 1988 graduate of Decatur High School. The Mooney family has called Decatur home for 125 years, and I was born and raised here.

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Ferguson

Published Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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Indoor practice facility worth the investment

Published Saturday, March 7, 2015
By Richard Greene

For a second straight week, Old Man Winter decided to visit Wise County, bringing everything to a halt with only a few exceptions.

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Observations prompted by unknown literary giants

Published Saturday, March 7, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

I've been doing a little research on aging. The experts call it "geriatrics."

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Net Neutrality

Published Saturday, March 7, 2015
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Stitching together Youth Fair memories

Published Wednesday, March 4, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

My 10-year-old has spent the last few weekends sewing, which can mean only one thing - the Wise County Youth Fair is upon us.

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Senate panel passes legislation to fund state highways

Published Wednesday, March 4, 2015
By Ed Sterling

The Senate Transportation Committee tentatively approved two pieces of legislation Feb. 25 that would take a portion of various motor vehicle related taxes and dedicate that money to road and bridge construction and maintenance.

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