Make your voice heard, register to vote

Published Saturday, January 30, 2016
By Racey Burden

Monday is the last day to register to vote in the March 1 primaries. If you're anything like me, maybe you've put off registering until the last minute. This is a friendly reminder from a fellow procrastinator who only registered on Friday - go get it done!

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Know your history, AKA weird founding fathers

Published Saturday, January 16, 2016
By Racey Burden

I've been listening to the soundtrack for the musical "Hamilton" a lot recently.

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Looking back at 2015: On the job training; Tornadoes hit Wise County in my first week

Published Saturday, December 26, 2015
By Racey Burden

I started working at the Messenger on a Monday in May. Tornadoes hit Wise County on a Tuesday. I got thrown into the middle of storm coverage on a Wednesday.

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Christmas movie marathon tips

Published Wednesday, December 16, 2015
By Racey Burden

There's just over a week until Christmas, so I've decided its time to start the Christmas movie marathons. Can't decide to what to watch this year? I'm here to help!

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Dogs are a girl’s best friend

Published Saturday, December 5, 2015
By Racey Burden

Max the dog came to live with the Burden family when I was 9. I was kind of a lonely kid. We'd moved to Oklahoma from Kansas a year earlier, and I was still struggling to make friends.

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A formal apology to my childhood self

Published Saturday, November 7, 2015
By Racey Burden

I don't think I know anybody whose adult life turned out the way their childhood-self predicted it. We've discussed at length in the newsroom how we don't want to "adult," and honestly, having recently graduated from college, I still don't feel like I'm legitimately in the real world yet.

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Ghosts aren’t real (right?)

Published Saturday, October 31, 2015
By Racey Burden

I don't believe in ghosts, but that's never stopped me from looking for them.

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Nerds are cool now, trust me

Published Wednesday, October 14, 2015
By Racey Burden

It has long been a universally-accepted fact in my family that I am the nerd.

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Common sense should trump Trump

Published Saturday, September 19, 2015
By Racey Burden

I'll admit that I didn't watch the entire Republican debate on CNN Wednesday night, but I caught enough to know that Donald Trump was yet again strutting around like he owns the world and doing his thing - specifically, being an idiot.

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Schools should teach second-languages early

Published Saturday, August 15, 2015
By Racey Burden

My younger brother is about to start his freshman year of high school, and the class he seems to be dreading the most is Spanish II. I tried to impress upon him how lucky he actually is that he can go all the way up to Spanish V while still in high school, but I don't think he cared. Which is to be expected.

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Domestic violence makes football too hard to stomach

Published Saturday, August 1, 2015
By Racey Burden

Many women love football, but I think it's becoming clear that leaders at the highest levels of the sport don't care about us at all.

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Weekly soundtrack falls flat

Published Saturday, July 18, 2015
By Racey Burden

I've wondered for quite some time whether or not there were songs that existed named after every day of the week, and if there were, how accurately they represented their namesake. If you've ever wondered the same thing, you're in luck because I get to write about what I want in this column, and I've decided to review songs named after days of the week.

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County answers call to feed the hungry

Published Wednesday, July 1, 2015
By Racey Burden

When I walked into Wise Area Relief Mission (WARM) June 9, the shelves looked depressing. I know inanimate objects can't actually be depressed, but if they could, those shelves would be. After all, the purpose of those shelves is to hold food that will one day be distributed to the people of Wise County who really need it.

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Hatred and bias cause social media woes

Published Saturday, June 13, 2015
By Racey Burden

I really dread checking my Facebook these days, but I can't bring myself to get rid of it. I like being able to see what my friends in other states and across the world are doing, and I like the happy announcements of birthdays and engagements and new jobs.

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Following a trail of disaster from Europe to Wise

Published Saturday, May 23, 2015
By Racey Burden

I'm beginning to think disasters follow me.

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