Dealing with evil

Published Saturday, November 22, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Those of us who respect life - and that is still the vast majority of humans on this planet - reel in disgust from the actions of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) who had another video beheading last week with Syrian prisoners and an American aid worker.

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A Thanksgiving ode to West Bewick Avenue

Published Saturday, November 22, 2014
By Jake Harris

There is a house on West Bewick Avenue in Fort Worth, near TCU's campus. It's not fancy - just a regular three-bedroom house with a fenced backyard.

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Questions prompted by a conversation on the fly

Published Saturday, November 22, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Had an interesting conversation this morning with my friend, John Hogan, worship pastor for our church.

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Just say ‘no’ to snow

Published Wednesday, November 19, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

There, I said it. My admission will likely draw reproach from the cocoa-sipping, winter-wonderland lovers in my circle, but I can't fake it any longer.

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Spigot is open: Flow of legislative bills, resolutions begins

Published Wednesday, November 19, 2014
By Ed Sterling

On Nov. 10, dozens among Texas' 31 state senators and 150 state representatives, including a few members-elect who won't be sworn for nearly two months, jumped right in and filed legislative bills in advance of the 84th regular session of the Texas Legislature, which convenes on Tuesday, Jan. 13.

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Thanksgiving was born in stressful times

Published Saturday, November 15, 2014
By Bob Buckel

My image of Thanksgiving has long been that classic Norman Rockwell painting "Freedom from Want" - a happy family gathered around a table loaded with food.

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Texans deserve the truth about property taxes

Published Saturday, November 15, 2014
By Kirk Watson, The Texas Tribune

Texans deserve a tax refund - and the truth. Those in control of the Capitol make a lot of noise about rising property taxes.

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Evolution is saving my church

Published Wednesday, November 12, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

A church can be something very personal - that's why we often refer to it as "our church." Mine is a small Presbyterian church in Pittsburg. I haven't found one since that gave me the same fulfillment or sense of community.

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A Corvair, gas mileage and a bullet-proof deer

Published Wednesday, November 12, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Several years ago, one of us sippers had purchased a brand new Chevrolet Corvair. We talked for a while about the above-average gas mileage associated with this rear-engine marvel.

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Abbott, Patrick win top posts as Republicans dominate

Published Wednesday, November 12, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Winners in the Nov. 4 general election on the whole proved that incumbency and/or running as a Republican continue to be assets when Texas voters hit the polls.

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Propaganda? Depends on your point of view

Published Saturday, November 8, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Propaganda. We of a certain generation grew up with that word. The most common meaning is "manipulating information to influence opinion."

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Wise County plays a role in Waggoner Ranch’s story

Published Saturday, November 8, 2014
By Roy J. Eaton

When friends visit, we often take them on a mini-tour of Decatur - pointing out the magnificent campus of the Wise Regional Health System, the Decatur Civic Center, beautiful homes in Hidden Oaks and Briar Crossing and then the courthouse square where new restaurants have made downtown boom again.

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This is best for both of us …

Published Wednesday, November 5, 2014
By Brian Knox

Dear APD: It's been three weeks now since our breakup. I needed to get a few things off my chest, you know, to achieve some closure on these wounds. I still don't know exactly what happened. I mean, I always thought we were made for each other.

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Agents: A critical resource

Published Wednesday, November 5, 2014
By Emmanuel Winston, TAHU staff member

With the open enrollment period for year two of the Affordable Care Act less than two weeks away, consumers will soon begin the now-annual process of confirming whether or not the health coverage choice they made in the previous year remains the best option for themselves, family members and their budgets.

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Secretary of State posts early voting numbers

Published Wednesday, November 5, 2014
By Ed Sterling

The Secretary of State's Elections Division on Oct. 31 posted early voting turnouts for each of the state's 15 highest-population counties: Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar, Travis, Collin, Denton, El Paso, Fort Bend, Hidalgo, Montgomery, Williamson, Galveston, Nueces and Cameron.

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Best for a party, or best for Texas?

Published Saturday, November 1, 2014
By Bob Buckel

For some this may be a confession, for others a boast. I am not a member of any political party. Like many Texans, I vote in the Republican primary because that's where most races are decided.

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Some thoughts on governing

Published Saturday, November 1, 2014
By Lee H. Hamilton

I have been working in or around government for over 50 years, and if you asked me to boil down what I've learned to one sentence, it is this:

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Ready for this sad ‘interim’ to end

Published Wednesday, October 29, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

The upcoming elections promise a fresh start for Wise County. I've only been covering county government since 2008, but in my experience, the last two years have been perhaps some of the most tumultuous and emotional ever for county officials and citizens.

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Campaigns in final push as election day approaches

Published Wednesday, October 29, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Polls continued to show Republican candidates ahead in top-of-ballot races as Texas moved closer to the Oct. 31 early voting deadline before Election Day, Nov. 4.

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Stories from the heart

Published Saturday, October 25, 2014
By Bob Buckel

We are the questioners, the ones who scratch our heads and wonder why, or how, when or where. We see someone digging a hole and wonder what he's doing. Our job compels us to stop and ask.

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