Texas deals with border as Congress departs

Published Wednesday, August 6, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Congress left Washington, D.C., Aug. 1 for a month-long recess, without having passed an immigration bill addressing the porous U.S.-Mexico border and humanitarian crisis.

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Carried away with water

Published Saturday, August 2, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Several features of this earth have captured my imagination for as long as I can remember. (A) Mountains. (B) Trees. (C) Water.

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Protecting property rights historically a basic job of government

Published Saturday, August 2, 2014
By Mac Thornberry

All of us who grew up on the land know how precious our American private property rights are.

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Living in the present tense

Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014
By Jake Harris

I spent last weekend visiting family in east Tennessee. Friday night was a party celebrating my TCU graduation and new job as well as my brother's high school graduation, and Sunday was my grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary celebration.

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Governor orders deployment of guard to border

Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Tensions continued last week concerning the tens of thousands of Central Americans - primarily unaccompanied minors and women with small children - who cross into the Lone Star State, without documentation, to escape violence and poverty in their own countries.

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Park it right here, big guy

Published Saturday, July 26, 2014
By Bob Buckel

It could be worse. For one thing, the parking lot at the Wise County Old Settlers Reunion grounds is grass.

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Why incumbents keep getting reelected

Published Saturday, July 26, 2014
By Lee H. Hamilton

It's not news that Congress is unpopular. In fact, at times it seems like the only real novelty on Capitol Hill would be a jump in its approval rating.

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Confessions of a bad son

Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014
By Richard Greene

Despite all my efforts, I've come to the realization this weekend that I'm a failure in one aspect. I try to eat right, exercise and do chores around the house. I give my best effort at earning an honest day's living and always leave a healthy tip for waiters and waitresses. I even pay my taxes and vote in most elections.

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Sam Blackwell: ‘I’m not a-givin’ up!’

Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

I made a visit to a local retirement facility two days ago to see a good friend.

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Dewhurst appoints Senate Finance chair

Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on July 17 appointed Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, as chair of the powerful, state budget-writing Senate Finance Committee. The two-year state budget totals close to $200 billion.

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Sign, sign, everywhere a sign

Published Saturday, July 19, 2014
By Bob Buckel

"NOW OPEN!" the signs scream, in capital letters the size of Stanley Marsh's Cadillacs, upended at a jaunty angle in the Panhandle dirt.

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Life in the fast lane: musings of a peanut butter-fueled college student

Published Saturday, July 19, 2014
By David Talley

A college student leaves Lubbock travelling east at 75 miles per hour. How long before he arrives in Decatur? I'll save you the math - my record is 3:57.

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The right way to immigrate

Published Saturday, July 19, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

There are a few people with whom you don't need to visit if you're talking about "political correctness." Ross Mueller is on the top of the list.

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Children get caught in the cycle of violence

Published Wednesday, July 16, 2014
By Brian Knox

Vacation gave me the opportunity to spend a lot of peaceful, quality time with my kids last week. That gift seemed even more precious in light of a couple of humanitarian crises involving young people - on two different continents - which continue to dominate the news.

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Perry, Obama meet for border security discussion

Published Wednesday, July 16, 2014
By Ed Sterling

As unaccompanied minors and mothers with children and from Central American countries continued to cross the border into Texas, President Barack Obama met with Gov. Rick Perry July 9 in Dallas to discuss how to address the situation.

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The unwritten (until now) law of relationships

Published Saturday, July 12, 2014
By Bob Buckel

If you watch baseball, you've seen this. A batter lets a pitch go by, but the umpire calls it a strike. Sometimes it's the third strike, and the batter is out.

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The cicada seminar

Published Saturday, July 12, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

A.C. Griffin told me he had been bitten by a grasshopper while he was out in his cucumber patch. Said it hurt like crazy.

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Are we doomed to polarization?

Published Saturday, July 12, 2014
By Lee Hamilton

We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don't much like the way it's performing.

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Vacation means less Starbucks, more ‘sexy coffee’

Published Wednesday, July 9, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

Summertime travel is in full swing, and whether you're venturing out of the state or out of the country, you'll likely have the chance to embrace a different way of life, even if just for a few days.

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Panel gets input on population influx at border

Published Wednesday, July 9, 2014
By Ed Sterling

A U.S. House Homeland Security Committee field hearing titled, "Crisis on the Texas Border: Surge of Unaccompanied Minors," was conducted in McAllen on July 3.

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