Some are more equal than others

Published Saturday, March 14, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

Taking photos or video of the police is not a crime ... yet. This week, Texas Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) introduced House Bill 2918, which basically makes any video or photo by "private citizens" of police officers a crime.

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UIL spells success

Published Saturday, March 14, 2015
By Richard Greene

Next week, Bridgeport will send a team to compete in the state tournament. No, this will not be on the hardwood and there will not be 500 fans gobbling up tickets within a couple of hours to see them compete.

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Overheard at the coffee shop, plus a little ‘code talk’

Published Wednesday, March 11, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

The following comments were overheard at the coffee shop. "My wife doesn't think housework can kill you, but she's not going to take a chance." "At our house, we figure the best way to get rid of kitchen odors is to eat out ... so we do."

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Senate bills set stage for tax, debt relief

Published Wednesday, March 11, 2015
By Ed Sterling

A trio of powerful state senators, along with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, on March 5 jointly announced the filing of legislation they coauthored to cut taxes and pay off state debt.

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Indoor practice facility worth the investment

Published Saturday, March 7, 2015
By Richard Greene

For a second straight week, Old Man Winter decided to visit Wise County, bringing everything to a halt with only a few exceptions.

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Observations prompted by unknown literary giants

Published Saturday, March 7, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

I've been doing a little research on aging. The experts call it "geriatrics."

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Stitching together Youth Fair memories

Published Wednesday, March 4, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

My 10-year-old has spent the last few weekends sewing, which can mean only one thing - the Wise County Youth Fair is upon us.

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Senate panel passes legislation to fund state highways

Published Wednesday, March 4, 2015
By Ed Sterling

The Senate Transportation Committee tentatively approved two pieces of legislation Feb. 25 that would take a portion of various motor vehicle related taxes and dedicate that money to road and bridge construction and maintenance.

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What’s your story?

Published Saturday, February 28, 2015
By Jake Harris

We've rearranged our beats here at the Messenger, and I'm now in charge of writing about more than just city council and school board meetings and the occasional feature story.

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Express your opinion, vote and live with the results

Published Saturday, February 28, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

I love this country. It's a country in which dear friends can exchange ideas about the same controversial subject and still be friends.

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Why can’t November elections look more like May’s?

Published Wednesday, February 25, 2015
By Brian Knox

With the filing deadline for the May election coming up on Friday, I'm reminded of why I like these elections more than general elections.

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Governor gives lawmakers his state budget priorities

Published Wednesday, February 25, 2015
By Ed Sterling

On Feb. 17, Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his first State of the State address during a joint session of the Texas House and Senate and released his recommendations for the two-year 2016-2017 state budget.

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Choosing your targets

Published Saturday, February 21, 2015
By Bob Buckel

I've never owned, or even been allowed to play with, a laser pointer. It makes me crazy when people use them in presentations, pointing to stuff on PowerPoint slides. I spend so much time just trying to find the little red dot, I forget what they're talking about.

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Gay marriage no concern

Published Saturday, February 21, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

History was made yesterday. It was a meaningful moment that will forever mark a lifelong commitment between two people.

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With the budget, the President calls the shots

Published Saturday, February 21, 2015
By Lee Hamilton

It may not be obvious from the news coverage, but a good bit of Congress's 2015 agenda just landed on Capitol Hill with a thud. I mean this literally.

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Lake life is a distant memory

Published Wednesday, February 18, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

"The lake" and all it entails - afternoon swims, favorite fishing holes and crispy sunburns - have been part of my family's standard summer for decades.

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Abbott joins other governors in urging against veto

Published Wednesday, February 18, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Feb. 12 announced he had joined a coalition of 24 governors in signing and sending a letter to President Obama that urges the nation's chief executive "to reconsider his threat" to veto legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Corporate wisdom

Published Saturday, February 14, 2015
By Bob Buckel

I am far from the smartest investor who ever lived, but give me credit. At least I never bought stock in RadioShack.

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Critical services depend on strong contract oversight

Published Saturday, February 14, 2015
By Jane Nelson

Our commitment to Texas' most vulnerable citizens is a sacred responsibility.

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Public service information regarding the goose

Published Wednesday, February 11, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

Definition of the term goose: "To sharply poke or pinch someone. Derived from a goose's inclination to bite at a retreating intruder's hindquarters."

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