It’s easy to second-guess from sidelines

Published Wednesday, August 26, 2015
By Richard Greene

The American proverb "Don't judge a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes," is a great thought but one rarely put in to practice.

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Energy agency chief rails against federal plan

Published Wednesday, August 26, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Texas Railroad Commission Chair David Porter on Aug. 19 spoke against America's Clean Power Plan, a regulatory framework rolled out by the White House on Aug. 3. Texas is one of at least a dozen states lining up in opposition.

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Something fishy is brewing on Facebook

Something fishy is brewing on Facebook

Published Saturday, August 22, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

Sometimes things get out of hand. For months Wise County Judge J.D. Clark and Weatherford College President Dr. Kevin Eaton have been arguing about the college branch campus maintenance tax rate, which funds the local campus.

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County and college must regroup and move forward

Published Saturday, August 22, 2015
By Messenger Staff

The bickering between Wise County and Weatherford College must stop.

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Online Comments for Saturday, August 22, 2015

Published Saturday, August 22, 2015
By Messenger Staff

Who does Dr. Kevin Eaton think he is? Oh, yeah! He is the president of Weatherford College in Wise County. However, no matter how much he believes he can exert pressure on the Wise County commissioners Court, Dr. Eaton is not above the citizens of Wise County.

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Ditching the dish seems to be good investment

Published Wednesday, August 19, 2015
By Brian Knox

A smile spread across my face while looking at my satellite bill. Yes, you read that correctly. After all, wouldn't you smile if your bill said you owed exactly "0.00?" And even better: I won't see any more $100-plus satellite bills for the foreseeable future. I've cut the cord.

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University president says Davis statue to be moved

Published Wednesday, August 19, 2015
By Ed Sterling

A bronze statue of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, will be moved from the Main Mall of the University of Texas at Austin campus to UT's Center for American History for interior display, in accordance with a decision made last week by UT President Gregory Fenves.

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Schools should teach second-languages early

Published Saturday, August 15, 2015
By Racey Burden

My younger brother is about to start his freshman year of high school, and the class he seems to be dreading the most is Spanish II. I tried to impress upon him how lucky he actually is that he can go all the way up to Spanish V while still in high school, but I don't think he cared. Which is to be expected.

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Trash talk starts early

Published Saturday, August 15, 2015
By Travis Lisle

With the political wars ramping up for the 2016 election - especially the primary races between the 1.3 million GOP candidates - insults and accusations are flying around like mac and cheese in a cafeteria food fight.

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A routine day at the coffee shop landed me on a blocked caller list

Published Wednesday, August 12, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

This morning was pretty much like any other morning at the coffee shop. I'm not sure why I thought of calling my friend, Royce Moore, and asking him to meet me for coffee. He doesn't come often. Sometimes he stops by on his way to play golf.

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Fifth Circuit delivers opinion concerning voter ID law

Published Wednesday, August 12, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Even if the Texas Legislature did not intentionally pass a voter identification law that illegally discriminates against voters who are black, Hispanic or poor, the practical effect of the law is discriminatory and in violation of the federal Voting Rights Act.

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Absence of wedding announcements leaves hole in historical narrative

Published Saturday, August 8, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

It's wedding season, and the lifestyle pages of the Messenger are empty. Over the last several months I've noticed that fewer and fewer couples are submitting wedding announcements to the paper. We seem to have a steady stream of engagement announcements, and babies ... well, you know how that works, and those announcements seem to just keep coming.

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Learning life’s lessons the hard way

Published Saturday, August 8, 2015
By David Talley

Yeah, this is another list column. They've been working out so well that I couldn't resist making another.

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Making Welcome to Wise was quite the ‘Trip’

Published Wednesday, August 5, 2015
By Brian Knox

Fifteen years ago this summer, I visited the Wise County Messenger for the first time when I interviewed for a reporter's job. I didn't grow up around here, so Wise County was totally new to me.

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Panel hears testimony in wake of jail death

Published Wednesday, August 5, 2015
By Ed Sterling

The Texas House Committee on County Affairs met on July 30 to hear testimony on Sandra Bland and jail standards.

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Domestic violence makes football too hard to stomach

Published Saturday, August 1, 2015
By Racey Burden

Many women love football, but I think it's becoming clear that leaders at the highest levels of the sport don't care about us at all.

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This, that and everything

Published Saturday, August 1, 2015
By Travis Lisle

I get jealous when I read sports editor Richard Greene's Sidedishes every week because it looks fun to write, and since it's my turn to share a column with our fine readership, I'm going to borrow his format.

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Look, spend local; With revenue streams drying up, it’s time to keep money here

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2015
By Richard Greene

With the Internet at our fingertips and one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the nation a few miles down the road, shopping options are limitless.

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Governor says family of woman who died in custody deserves answers

Published Wednesday, July 29, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on July 22 issued a statement regarding the arrest and death of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old Illinois resident who had driven to Hempstead in response to a job offer from Prairie View A&M University.

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Venting necessary for healthy social life

Published Saturday, July 25, 2015
By David Talley

In one of my favorite episodes of Seinfeld, the character Frank Costanza creates a new holiday for his family to celebrate in lieu of Christmas. One of the main traditions of this holiday, "the airing of grievances," is where participants outline things about others that upset them.

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