Breaking news: sifting through hateful comments is tiresome

Published Wednesday, August 17, 2016
By David Talley

If you haven't seen it, the Messenger's Facebook policy generally runs alongside columns on this page. We tend to alternate it with information about submitting letters to the editor and tips on how to contact your state representatives. Next time it runs, read it. It seems many folks out there could use a refresher.

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Court relaxes Texas voter ID law in time for fall election

Published Wednesday, August 17, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Voters will have more options when presenting personal identification at the polls for the Nov. 8 general election, Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos announced last week.

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Drawing closer through destruction

Published Saturday, August 13, 2016
By Racey Burden

If you want to bond with someone, maybe you should try to build a cheap piece of furniture together. This actually wasn't my goal when I bought a $12 bookshelf from Wal-Mart.

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Coffee shop competition: is it for your future?

Published Saturday, August 13, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

I'm pretty well convinced that when one considers charisma, charm and knowledge in general, my coffee shop is among the best.

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Don’t mess with Senor Purpose

Published Wednesday, August 10, 2016
By Joy Carrico

On Sunday, Aug. 14, the Texas Rangers will be giving away a promotional bobblehead of Adrian Beltre, their third baseman. His helmet will be removable. This is so you can touch his head. Why? You may ask.

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Parties to campus-carry lawsuit to return to court

Published Wednesday, August 10, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Three University of Texas professors are seeking a temporary injunction "to at least retain the option of maintaining their academic classrooms as gun-free zones when classes start again."

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The dinosaur that could have been

Published Saturday, August 6, 2016
By David Talley

The selections: dill pickle, honeysuckle, brown cow, Napoleon Dynamite and dinosaur. We're back. And, just for you, we've subjected ourselves to another grueling task of sampling some of Wise County's finer foods.

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Stick with the basics, snow cone peddlers

Published Saturday, August 6, 2016
By Racey Burden

It's important that you know that I don't totally hate pickles or even pickle juice. But I've discovered I despise dill pickle-flavored snow cones.

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Have I told this story before?

Published Wednesday, August 3, 2016
By Gerre Joiner

I've discovered some things about getting/being old and spending a lot of time with my peers (old people). It's possible to tell the same story to the same old crowd and everyone is entertained. Half of the folks don't remember having heard it. The others are uncertain, thinking, "That story sounds familiar, but I'm not sure."

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State rolls out revised women’s health program

Published Wednesday, August 3, 2016
By Ed Sterling

A women's health program is in effect and ready to deliver more care to more women statewide who are 15 to 44 years old and whose income is up to 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines.

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Maybe it’s Pleasantville after all

Published Saturday, July 30, 2016
By Joy Carrico

Today is my birthday, and I had quite an experience this week. In order to tell the story, I need to provide some background information.

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August is the worst, especially this year

Published Saturday, July 30, 2016
By Brian Knox

We've got to be entering the worst time of the year. For starters, it's hot. Really hot.

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Finding life in the cemetery

Published Wednesday, July 27, 2016
By Racey Burden

I live right down the street from a cemetery, and I love it. Any time I go for a walk, that's the route I take - up the hill, slight right through the gates.

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Appellate court strikes down Texas voter ID law

Published Wednesday, July 27, 2016
By Ed Sterling

Texas' voter photo identification law is racially discriminatory, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled July 20.

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Would Chick-fil-A really improve our lives?

Published Saturday, July 23, 2016
By Kristen Tribe

You know what would make Decatur great again? Chick-fil-A. That is, according to the Messenger's Facebook page.

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Ask David: Etiquette tips from a 23-year-old

Published Saturday, July 23, 2016
By David Talley

Etiquette may be a really hard word to spell, but learning the ins and outs of proper behavior is easy. Here's my unsolicited advice.

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Be still my maternal heart; Teaching teen to drive is toughest task yet

Published Wednesday, July 20, 2016
By Danielle Scroggins

I thought the hardest thing in my parenting career was potty training. I was wrong. It's teaching my child to drive a car. Scariest. Thing. Ever.

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Texas baby is born with Zika-related microcephaly

Published Wednesday, July 20, 2016
By Ed Sterling

The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed a Zika virus infection in a baby recently born with microcephaly in Harris County.

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A journey into the affairs of men

Published Saturday, July 16, 2016
By Joy Carrico

I love looking through Messenger archives. Advertisements are a particular favorite. I looked through the 1916 papers this week, curious to see what advertising was like 100 years ago. It was interesting.

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Let’s stop expecting cops to fix society

Published Saturday, July 16, 2016
By Ken Esten Cooke

The only absolutist statement that should be made about last week's killings is absolutely no one should ever target police to make demented points.

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