The 1980s are alive and well in pop culture

Published Wednesday, November 1, 2017
By Brian Knox

There is no doubt that the hottest decade of the moment in popular culture has to be the 1980s. This wave of '80s mania is no doubt fueled by many film and television directors close in age to myself who grew up in that decade and are now tapping into our need for childhood nostalgia as we enter into middle age.

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Time for a new conversation about the shooting

Published Wednesday, October 11, 2017
By Brian Knox

Since Stephen Paddock opened fire on concert-goers in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more, we've heard a lot of different conversations.

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A time to give

Published Saturday, September 9, 2017
By Brian Knox

We seem to be experiencing a season of disasters at the moment. Those disasters will require a significant response.

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Staycation, all I’ve never wanted

Published Saturday, August 12, 2017
By Brian Knox

I'll be the first to admit that the word "staycation" does not fill me with much excitement. After all, when I have a week off from work, I like to get out of town and take a road trip.

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Stay cool and get ready for school

Published Wednesday, July 26, 2017
By Brian Knox

The calendar says school is just around the corner, but the thermometer says summer is just heating up. I check the National Weather Service forecast each day for various alerts, and lately the description for the daily weather just says "Hot" with a graphic of a blazing yellow sun.

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Judge Fostel will be missed

Published Saturday, June 17, 2017
By Brian Knox

If you didn't attend the memorial service for the late 271st District Judge John Fostel last week - and it may only be a few people based on the packed house - you missed a wonderful tribute.

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Walls won’t make us safer, only more suspicious

Published Saturday, May 13, 2017
By Brian Knox

Our society seems really obsessed with walls right now. And I'm not just talking about the physical ones.

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Election hangover no excuse to skip May voting

Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017
By Brian Knox

After the exhausting presidential race last year, it might be tempting for many of us to have a bit of election hangover. But it's time to sober up, quick.

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Wise sees mixed results in health rankings

Published Wednesday, April 5, 2017
By Brian Knox

Last week the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released their annual County Health Rankings, which takes a look at the state of health in counties across the country.

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Methamphetamine still a big problem in Wise

Published Wednesday, March 8, 2017
By Brian Knox

Wise County appears to be losing the war on methamphetamine. While marijuana seems to make the news most often on a national level, methamphetamine still seems to be the drug of choice on the local level.

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Tougher laws can also make it tougher for victims

Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017
By Brian Knox

The discussion around mandatory minimum sentences usually involves drug offenses. But last week we saw an example locally of another type of mandatory minimum sentencing - one involving sexual abuse of a child.

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Don’t be distracted from state issues

Published Saturday, January 28, 2017
By Brian Knox

With all the fireworks going on around the new presidential administration in Washington, we might be a bit distracted from the actions of our legislators in Austin. That would be a mistake.

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Which path will we choose?

Published Wednesday, January 18, 2017
By Brian Knox

Movements that change the course of history can begin in the smallest of places. I was struck by that thought as I stood in a small office in the basement of a church in Montgomery, Ala., last summer.

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A super idea for a new kind of holiday tradition

Published Saturday, January 7, 2017
By Brian Knox

We're ending a week where no doubt many of us completed the task of taking down Christmas decorations and packing up our ornaments and our memories for another 11 months or so.

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Remembering a unique person and a unique year

Published Saturday, December 31, 2016
By Brian Knox

It's impossible for me to remember the reason for the call or even the bulk of my first conversation with former Wise County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Doug Whitehead back in the summer of 2000, but I clearly remember how the conversation started.

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A (third graders-inspired) letter to Santa

Published Saturday, December 10, 2016
By Brian Knox

Dear Santa, We here at the Wise County Messenger in Decatur, Texas, U.S.A., know the importance of planning ahead for any possible problems that may arise in our production of a newspaper so that we can ensure the timely delivery of said newspaper by our deadline.

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Trump succeeded where Perot (and Clinton) didn’t

Published Saturday, November 19, 2016
By Brian Knox

Democrats, and to be quite honest many Republicans, are shocked that Trump won the presidency. I'm not. Surprised? Yes. Wary of what might happen in a Trump presidency? Yes. Shocked? No.

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Stay positive, we’re almost to Election Day

Published Saturday, October 22, 2016
By Brian Knox

Seventeen more days. We can do this, people.

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Think twice about sitting out the election

Published Saturday, October 8, 2016
By Brian Knox

Plenty of stories have been written about people planning on sitting out next month's election because they don't like either candidate for president. It's certainly their choice, and their right, to vote or not vote.

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Kudos to officers who do their job the right way

Published Saturday, September 24, 2016
By Brian Knox

Officers we see on the news these days often find themselves there because of questionable decisions they've made regarding use of excessive force that often have deadly consequences. What we don't often see are stories of officers who have de-escalated rather than escalated a situation.

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