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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Time to pass an appropriations bill

Published Wednesday, December 3, 2014
By Kay Granger

Do you think our military men and women deserve a pay raise? Do you think Congress should take action to stop funding for harmful EPA regulations?

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Austin shooter dies in confrontation with police officer

Published Wednesday, December 3, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Police responded to reports of gunfire in the capital city's downtown area around 2 a.m. Nov. 28.

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When the political machine gets a flat tire

Published Saturday, November 29, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

Often the term "political machine" is used to convey an idea of some overwhelming, inhuman creation bent on squashing the common man. But let's not forget who built the machine.

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Roomies and homies

Published Saturday, November 29, 2014
By Bob Buckel

My first roommate was my older sister. I don't recall much about the arrangement, but I think we got along just fine. I did everything she told me to do.

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About that letter, election notes and champions

Published Wednesday, November 26, 2014
By Brian Knox

I apparently confused a few readers with my "breakup" column a few weeks back, based on some of the feedback I got. At least a couple of people thought it was a real breakup letter with my wife.

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Perry, Abbott react to Obama’s action on immigration

Published Wednesday, November 26, 2014
By Ed Sterling

President Barack Obama Nov. 20 announced his decision to take executive action on immigration because Congress has not acted on immigration reform to address the presence and inflow of undocumented residents.

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Dealing with evil

Published Saturday, November 22, 2014
By Bob Buckel

Those of us who respect life - and that is still the vast majority of humans on this planet - reel in disgust from the actions of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) who had another video beheading last week with Syrian prisoners and an American aid worker.

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A Thanksgiving ode to West Bewick Avenue

Published Saturday, November 22, 2014
By Jake Harris

There is a house on West Bewick Avenue in Fort Worth, near TCU's campus. It's not fancy - just a regular three-bedroom house with a fenced backyard.

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Questions prompted by a conversation on the fly

Published Saturday, November 22, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Had an interesting conversation this morning with my friend, John Hogan, worship pastor for our church.

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Just say ‘no’ to snow

Published Wednesday, November 19, 2014
By Kristen Tribe

There, I said it. My admission will likely draw reproach from the cocoa-sipping, winter-wonderland lovers in my circle, but I can't fake it any longer.

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Spigot is open: Flow of legislative bills, resolutions begins

Published Wednesday, November 19, 2014
By Ed Sterling

On Nov. 10, dozens among Texas' 31 state senators and 150 state representatives, including a few members-elect who won't be sworn for nearly two months, jumped right in and filed legislative bills in advance of the 84th regular session of the Texas Legislature, which convenes on Tuesday, Jan. 13.

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Thanksgiving was born in stressful times

Published Saturday, November 15, 2014
By Bob Buckel

My image of Thanksgiving has long been that classic Norman Rockwell painting "Freedom from Want" - a happy family gathered around a table loaded with food.

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Texans deserve the truth about property taxes

Published Saturday, November 15, 2014
By Kirk Watson, The Texas Tribune

Texans deserve a tax refund - and the truth. Those in control of the Capitol make a lot of noise about rising property taxes.

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Evolution is saving my church

Published Wednesday, November 12, 2014
By Jimmy Alford

A church can be something very personal - that's why we often refer to it as "our church." Mine is a small Presbyterian church in Pittsburg. I haven't found one since that gave me the same fulfillment or sense of community.

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A Corvair, gas mileage and a bullet-proof deer

Published Wednesday, November 12, 2014
By Gerre Joiner

Several years ago, one of us sippers had purchased a brand new Chevrolet Corvair. We talked for a while about the above-average gas mileage associated with this rear-engine marvel.

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Abbott, Patrick win top posts as Republicans dominate

Published Wednesday, November 12, 2014
By Ed Sterling

Winners in the Nov. 4 general election on the whole proved that incumbency and/or running as a Republican continue to be assets when Texas voters hit the polls.

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