Effective complaining 101

Published Saturday, October 18, 2014
By Roy J. Eaton

Our reporters who cover the Rhome City Council meetings generally come away wondering how anything gets accomplished in that atmosphere.

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When rights collide, come together

Published Saturday, October 18, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

Still images and videos of confrontations between police officers and citizens flashed on the large projector screen Thursday night in Dallas, perfectly illustrating what not to do as a citizen and as law enforcement.

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Viewing political corruption more broadly

Published Saturday, October 18, 2014
By Lee H. Hamilton

Earlier this year, veteran political writer Thomas Edsall reported an eyebrow-raising fact about Americans' views toward government.

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The foundation of vibrant communities

Published Wednesday, October 15, 2014
By Robert Williams

What do you care most about in life? Most of us would put family at, or near, the top of such a list. Friends would be there. So would our jobs or businesses, our livelihoods. Our homes. Maybe our pets. Our hobbies and pastimes. Add in those around us: Neighbors, the community, etc.

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Ruling prevents state from enforcing voter ID law

Published Wednesday, October 15, 2014
By Ed Sterling

An Oct. 9 ruling by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos of Corpus Christi prevents the state from enforcing the voter identification law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011 as Senate Bill 14.

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Here’s to the cleaners

Published Saturday, October 11, 2014
By Bob Buckel

The only time I ever saw Modesto (yes, that was his name) was when he was pushing a dust broom down the hall of my high school.

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Name your price

Published Saturday, October 11, 2014
By Jake Harris

When I got into trouble when I was younger, my parents always made sure to make my punishment fit the crime.

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Thoughts after the Paraguay trip

Published Saturday, October 11, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

I recently returned from a mission trip to Paraguay. It was rewarding and effective in every measurable way.

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Gadgets required to bring up baby

Published Wednesday, October 8, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

The last time I had a baby was 9 years, 10 months and 22 days ago. Obviously, we've been out of the baby stage for quite some time. It was only recently that I ventured back into the baby department, shopping for family members. It was like a whole new world.

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Frontrunning candidates appear in debate forums

Published Wednesday, October 8, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Texans interested in who their next governor and lieutenant governor will be witnessed major party candidates for those offices engage in live, one-hour broadcast debates last week.

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Made at the Messenger

Published Saturday, October 4, 2014
By Erika Pedroza

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to attend your own funeral? Maybe it's vain or a bit morbid, but I have. And I suspect it's a lot like leaving a job you love.

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What’s behind the curtain?

Published Saturday, October 4, 2014
By Bob Buckel

My generation grew up in a world of curtains. We had the Iron Curtain that stretched across Eastern Europe, dividing countries and people and ideologies.

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5 public health threats in Texas scarier than Ebola

Published Saturday, October 4, 2014
By Anna C. Dragsbaek

There's no doubt about it: Ebola is scary. The disease has a high mortality rate and no known cure. No vaccine is available to halt its spread.

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Don’t forget, these are your rights, too

Published Wednesday, October 1, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

There is a trend that has gone seemingly unnoticed by the American populace. It's scary, and it affects everyone, yet not only are some people oblivious, others are also enthusiastically in favor of this slow erosion of their rights.

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Top candidates debate with election on horizon

Published Wednesday, October 1, 2014
By Ed Sterling

A Monday debate pitted Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and Dan Patrick, R-Houston, two state senators who are vying to succeed David Dewhurst as lieutenant governor in 2015.

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Politics vs. football: voters lose

Published Saturday, September 27, 2014
By Richard Greene

Few things in Texas are more romanticized than high school football on Friday nights. After barbecue, the Alamo and the cowboy on the plains, it's one of the primary state symbols.

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Membership in the ‘Old Coots’ is distinct honor for me

Published Saturday, September 27, 2014
By Willis Webb

There are a number of advantages to growing older. One, of course, is that you are indeed growing older. And, as I always say: "Beats the heck out of the alternative."

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Defending against the weapon of fear

Published Wednesday, September 24, 2014
By Brian Knox

"Daddy, I think there's monsters under my bed." Those words were softly spoken by my 3-year-old son well after he should have been asleep Monday night.

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Davis, Abbott answer questions in McAllen forum

Published Wednesday, September 24, 2014
By Ed Sterling

With less than six weeks until election day on Nov. 4, the first of two scheduled gubernatorial debates was held in the Rio Grande Valley city of Edinburg on Sept. 19.

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The NFL? It’s us

Published Saturday, September 20, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Isn't it ironic that the NFL is suddenly taking such a - well, beating - over players beating up their wives, girlfriends and children? Isn't violence what the NFL is all about?

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