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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Consider the call

Published Saturday, September 20, 2014
By Erika Pedroza

A mentoring program in the works at Boyd Middle School is open to everyone.

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Shining the spotlight on our schools

Published Wednesday, September 17, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

School bells are ringing across Wise County, and although only three weeks have passed, teachers and students are already hard at work.

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The old handshake

Published Wednesday, September 17, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Things were slow at the coffee shop recently. Someone mentioned the name of a man known to everyone around the table. Another said, "What a handshake!" Others chimed in.

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Texas, Mexico exchange words over military at border

Published Wednesday, September 17, 2014
By Ed Sterling

While the governor and group of trade-with-Texas promoters were in Japan and China last week, the 13th anniversary of the "9-11" terrorist attacks on the United States was broadly observed.

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‘Friend’ me?

Published Saturday, September 13, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Life is all about tradeoffs. If we live long enough, we learn that. Fame comes with a loss of privacy.

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iPhones, iWatches and free music

Published Saturday, September 13, 2014
By Jake Harris

Apple's been in the news a lot lately. First, it was the whole iCloud-leaked celebrity photos business, now it's the latest iPhones and the iWatch.

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Why government openness matters

Published Saturday, September 13, 2014
By Lee Hamilton

One of the fundamental lessons of the 9/11 tragedy was that our government carried a share of blame for the failure to stop the attacks.

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An appreciation for those who actually help

Published Wednesday, September 10, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

It's an odd sensation when your car's motor isn't turning and you're still going about 70 mph down a busy highway (at least for the moment - that speedometer needle drops pretty quickly).

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Stump the old coots

Published Wednesday, September 10, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

It's been a while since I've had an inspirational day at the coffee shop.

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Judge rules revisions to abortion law unconstitutional

Published Wednesday, September 10, 2014
By Ed Sterling

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel on Aug. 29 struck down two provisions in House Bill 2, passed by the Texas Legislature in the second special session of 2013, amending the state Health and Safety Code to restrict access to abortion services.

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Look! Up in the cloud! That’s not me!

Published Saturday, September 6, 2014
By Bob Buckel

My heart goes out to all the celebrities whose embarrassing pictures were found in The Cloud and published last week by some Internet ne-er-do-well.

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It’s football time in Texas… and Tennessee, and Hawaii, and New York …

Published Saturday, September 6, 2014
By Jake Harris

Football season is finally in full swing, which means it's fall - no matter how hard the Texas weather may work to convince you otherwise.

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Memories of Grandpa live inside us

Published Saturday, September 6, 2014
By Chris Johnson

People are impacted every day. It could be something from the news, a message you heard in church or even the voice of an innocent child.

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Quiet public servant will be missed

Published Wednesday, September 3, 2014
By Roy J. Eaton

When Earl Smith leaves Decatur in a few days to become director of engineering in League City, he will leave behind a city that is much better for his work over the past eight years.

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