Escaping the echo chamber could lead to real blessings

Published Wednesday, June 24, 2015
By Brian Knox

Listening to a police scanner in the newsroom all day, you hear all kinds of calls. But there's one call I hear from time to time that makes me uncomfortable. It usually goes something like this: "We need an officer in route to the complainant's location for a suspicious person. Black male walking down the street."

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A tale of two bonds

Published Wednesday, May 27, 2015
By Brian Knox

In many ways, the two local school bond packages on the May 9 ballot were very similar. And yet, the end result was very different.

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Focusing only on the chaos misses the full story

Published Saturday, May 2, 2015
By Brian Knox

I was checking the daily sheriff's office patrol reports - the information used to put together our weekly Crime Report - Wednesday afternoon when I saw something that stopped me in my tracks. "A subject tried to lure a child into a vehicle."

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It’s tax (scam) season in Wise

Published Wednesday, April 8, 2015
By Brian Knox

It's a bit ironic that an increasing number of thefts in our area involve something with "security" in its name.

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The sun is shining on government – let’s keep it that way

Published Saturday, March 21, 2015
By Brian Knox

The Texas Legislature is in session, and as usual, elected officials have filed bills that limit the public's access to information.

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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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Strong as ever: Messenger’s Update approaches middle age

Published Wednesday, February 4, 2015
By Brian Knox

A member of the Messenger family turned 39 Monday and got its customary visit from thousands of loyal readers. I get to spend time with this dedicated news provider every morning, and afternoon, and sometimes on the weekends, and occasionally, even in the middle of the night. News never sleeps, and neither does Update.

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Texas leaders have big task, but are they up to it?

Published Wednesday, January 14, 2015
By Brian Knox

The 84th Texas Legislature officially began its work Tuesday. It's time to find out if those who were the best campaigners can become the best at governing.

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The world gets smaller

Published Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Brian Knox

In 2014, the world seemed to get a bit smaller. At least that was one of my impressions as I look back on the past year.

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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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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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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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This is best for both of us …

Published Wednesday, November 5, 2014
By Brian Knox

Dear APD: It's been three weeks now since our breakup. I needed to get a few things off my chest, you know, to achieve some closure on these wounds. I still don't know exactly what happened. I mean, I always thought we were made for each other.

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Defending against the weapon of fear

Published Wednesday, September 24, 2014
By Brian Knox

"Daddy, I think there's monsters under my bed." Those words were softly spoken by my 3-year-old son well after he should have been asleep Monday night.

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Fresh voices signal positive change at DHS

Published Saturday, August 9, 2014
By Brian Knox

The new school year always offers students and teachers a fresh start.

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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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We could all learn from Johnson’s legacy of service

Published Wednesday, April 30, 2014
By Brian Knox

Community is a wonderful thing. It lifts us up when we need encouragement, it shares in celebrating our joys and it comforts us when we suffer the pain of loss.

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#Skim this IMPORTANT column!

Published Saturday, April 19, 2014
By Brian Knox

If you read to the end of this sentence, particularly if you are reading it online, you must have a lot of time on your hands.

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Tales from weekend scanner duty

Published Wednesday, February 26, 2014
By Brian Knox

How often do you pass people panhandling by the side of the road and wonder, "What's their story?" I found out in a most unusual way last weekend.

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America is beautiful in any language

Published Wednesday, February 5, 2014
By Brian Knox

Something interesting happened during Sunday's Super Bowl. It certainly wasn't the game, which resulted in a blowout victory for the Seattle Seahawks over the Denver Broncos.

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