Gaining perspective through Photography 101

Published Saturday, September 16, 2017
By David Talley

If I passed you Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 380 between the sheriff's office and Victory Church, I'm sorry. It was 5:15 and, for the first time since college, I was doing my homework at the last minute. This wasn't an algebra or writing assignment.

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How to avoid another Hurricane Harvey

Published Saturday, September 16, 2017
By Brett Cease and Peter Bryn, Texas Tribune

As Hurricane Harvey battered Texas and Louisiana last week, news sources as diverse as Breitbart, MSNBC and Fox News, described what we faced as "catastrophic" "unprecedented," and "potentially the worst flooding event in the state's history."

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Resilience 101

Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I've been thinking a lot lately about what makes it possible for a person to get through and beyond major life catastrophes. We need look no farther than Houston for multiple examples of people who are clearing the debris and rebuilding after a disaster.

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Texas begins long march toward recovery from Hurricane Harvey

Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017
By Ed Sterling

As contaminated waters receded and mountains of debris from flooded homes and ruined belongings grew last week, a picture of post-hurricane Texas developed and the process of weighing impacts to lives, property and infrastructure began.

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A time to give

Published Saturday, September 9, 2017
By Brian Knox

We seem to be experiencing a season of disasters at the moment. Those disasters will require a significant response.

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Political candidate questionable choice for speaker

Published Saturday, September 9, 2017
By Racey Burden

United Way held its annual fundraising kickoff luncheon this week, and, as per usual, a few people got up to speak about the benefits of the organization. This year there was also a special speaker - Texas State Rep. Pat Fallon.

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Granger’s tunnel vision disservice to constituents

Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017
By Brian Eaton

While reading the Messenger story about Congresswoman Kay Granger's recent talk in Decatur, I was reminded of a warning someone told me as I was coming of age to vote in my first elections many, many moons ago: "Beware of single issue politicians."

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Flood-related suffering, relief efforts grow in Harvey’s wake

Published Wednesday, September 6, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Emergency relief operations expanded and intensified last week as floodwaters caused by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey-generated rains inundated and overwhelmed Harris County and dozens of other stricken counties.

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Taste test: Fried chicken and pickles most unique

Published Saturday, September 2, 2017
By Racey Burden

David and I didn't have a lot of goals in mind when we entered the Decatur Conference Center for Taste of Wise. We had a vague idea that we might try to find the best dish and the most unique one, and we wanted to eat enough to satisfy our dinner cravings.

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Taste test: Chimichangas – love at first bite

Published Saturday, September 2, 2017
By David Talley

As a Messenger reporter and longtime Decaturite, I'm pretty familiar with Taste of Wise, but I'd never actually attended the event until Thursday.

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Stick to the mission in the drop-off line

Published Wednesday, August 30, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

The start of every school year brings with it a positive outlook, plans to be more organized and the teeth-grinding routine of the school drop-off line. After nine years dropping off my two darlings, I've observed a myriad of bad habits, and I've had enough. Let's get it together, people.

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Hurricane Harvey assaults coast, then batters inland counties

Published Wednesday, August 30, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Hurricane Harvey slammed the middle Texas coast Aug. 25, hammering the region from Rockport to Palacios before continuing inland as a tropical storm and causing widespread catastrophic flooding.

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Pondering peanut butter; Reporter shares his favorite recipes, tips

Published Saturday, August 26, 2017
By David Talley

If we've talked for any extended amount of time, you know there's not much I love more in this world than peanut butter. I wrote a column about a year ago sharing some of my favorite college recipes and food tips, which included peanut butter recipes, and I'd like to expand on that now with specific ideas and tips for that jar of brown goodness in your pantry.

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Strong female characters come in all varieties

Published Saturday, August 26, 2017
By Racey Burden

The director of some of my old favorite movies just said something kind of dumb about one of my new favorite movies, showing there's still a lot of debate about what makes a good female character in film.

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Special session ends over impasse on property tax reform bill

Published Wednesday, August 23, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott gave legislators 20 must-pass items, but the lawmakers delivered only 12 bills to his desk during the first called session of the 85th Texas Legislature.

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Patrick is the problem, not local government

Published Wednesday, August 23, 2017
By David Talley

In all this mess with statues, protests, Nazis, solar eclipses, school starting and “Game of Thrones,” you might have missed Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick blaming you for this country’s problems.

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Sin of white supremacy lives on in name of heritage

Published Published Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017
By Brian Knox

Our country’s greatest moral failing was on full display last weekend in Charlottesville, Va.

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In defense of umpires

Published Published Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017
By Joy Carrico

I would hate to be an umpire. This is a person who works mostly outside throughout the hot summer dressed in black, and everyone around them thinks they can do his job better than he can.

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Goodbye, old friend: Crash is called home

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017
By Kristen Tribe

Crash, the cat, has died. My feline best friend left this earth July 24. You may recall first meeting him in a February column, described as a cat "who despite all odds, keeps on keepin' on."

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Abbott signs 3 bills with few likely to reach his desk in final week

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017
By Ed Sterling

Three bills reached Gov. Greg Abbott's desk last week with the 30-day special session of the Texas Legislature set to expire today.

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