Break into a new year

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

It's time to break dishes. Bring out your old wares and fling them at your neighbors' homes and leave piles of shattered porcelain.

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Reflect, then move forward

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Jake Harris

This year has been a whirlwind. Since last January, I have gone to Thailand, been confirmed into the Catholic Church, graduated college, traveled to Korea to watch my brother graduate high school, helped my family move to Alabama, started my first "real" job and moved to Bridgeport.

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Roselle retires after 40-plus years at the Messenger

Published Saturday, December 27, 2014
By Roy J. Eaton

Ken Roselle came to work at the Wise County Messenger on his 25th birthday and now, 42 years later, he is retiring ... sort of.

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The future? It’s now, just like it always was

Published Saturday, December 27, 2014
By Bob Buckel

George Orwell's book "1984" portrayed a scary future in which an omnipresent government - Big Brother - waged perpetual war and kept its people under constant surveillance.

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Merry flippin’ Christmas to one and all

Published Wednesday, December 24, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

The time is near. Another family gathering is necessary. Thanksgiving was fairly easy. It was just my parents, my wife and I. Christmas will require a much larger gathering - or so I thought.

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State contract with tech firm prompts calls for probe

Published Wednesday, December 24, 2014
By Ed Sterling

State Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, on Dec. 18 requested that the special prosecution unit of the Travis County District Attorney's Office "begin a formal and thorough investigation" into transactions between the State of Texas and 21CT, a software intelligence firm with offices here and in Vienna, Virginia.

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A Christmas to remember

Published Saturday, December 20, 2014
By Bob Buckel

It was the perfect storm. A wife in the first trimester of her first pregnancy, nauseated by every taste and smell her senses could deliver. A 500-mile car trip to celebrate Christmas with her family.

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26 miles of random thoughts

Published Saturday, December 20, 2014
By Richard Greene

Confession: I'm one of those annoying people who drive around with the 26.2 sticker on their car advertising the fact that I'm certifiably crazy and find it fun to run that distance.

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Exclusive interview reveals Santa’s secrets

Published Wednesday, December 17, 2014
By Brian Knox

Santa Claus has always been a mystery. Until now. I got the scoop this week from my expert sources: local third graders who answered a series of questions posed by the Wise County Messenger.

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Tuition deregulation is failing students

Published Wednesday, December 17, 2014
By Charles Schwertner

The pursuit of a higher education in Texas has never been more daunting. As tuition and fees at our public universities continue to climb, the dream of attaining a college degree is becoming a nightmare for more and more Texas students.

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Panel sets $7 billion minimum for Rainy Day Fund

Published Wednesday, December 17, 2014
By Ed Sterling

On Dec. 11, a Senate-House joint committee empaneled to adopt a sufficient balance for the state's "rainy day fund" approved $7 billion as the floor for it.

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Christmas spirit in no-man’s-land

Published Saturday, December 13, 2014
By Bob Buckel

The news stories circling us every waking moment are starting to remind me of those flying monkeys in "The Wizard of Oz" - very unsettling. Police shootings, riots in response. Grand juries, lawsuits and denials, SWAT gear and tear gas. Hands up. I can't breathe.

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Dreading those culinary surprises under the tree

Published Saturday, December 13, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

Piles of presents spilling from underneath a Christmas tree evoke uncontrollable curiosity in children.

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The benevolent bag lady

Published Wednesday, December 10, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Ron Johnson, youth minister at First Baptist Decatur, and I drove to Governor's Ridge Retirement/Assisted Living place recently and had a sit-down with some dear folks.

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What lies ahead

Published Wednesday, December 10, 2014
By Lee Hamilton

Given all the words and images devoted to the midterm elections over the past few weeks, you'd think the results had told us something vital about the future of the country.

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Perry directs state agencies to screen employees

Published Wednesday, December 10, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Rick Perry on Dec. 3 ordered state agencies to screen current and prospective employees by using E-Verify, an Internet-based system that allows employers to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

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The ghosts of Christmas (shopping)

Published Saturday, December 6, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Ebenezer always raised his prices at Christmas. This did not win him any friends, but he didn't care. He was an old coot.

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We’ve had a messed-up week

Published Saturday, December 6, 2014
By Jake Harris

I've been having some weird dreams lately. Here's one I had last night.

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Silly questions and new friend

Published Saturday, December 6, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Most of us guys at the coffee shop are old enough to have grandchildren. A few of us are young enough to have children and teenagers.

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Failure of the ‘system’ could cost man his life

Published Wednesday, December 3, 2014
By Brian Knox

Barring any last-minute intervention by the courts or our governor, tonight will be one of the lowest points yet for capital punishment in Texas. Scott Panetti, who murdered his in-laws in Fredricksburg in 1992, is scheduled to die by lethal injection in Huntsville at 6 p.m. tonight.

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