All Around Wise: Use the force – vote

Published Saturday, April 20, 2019
By Richard Greene

It's election season again. I know it doesn't seem that long ago that we were at the polls picking out a senator, governor and deciding on annexation rights.

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All Around Wise: Surprised by lack of decision

Published Saturday, March 30, 2019
By Richard Greene

My wise sophomore reporting professor Keith Shelton told our class many moons ago to never show up to a meeting and not know how a vote would go. Monday night, I violated the great Shelton's golden rule.

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All Around Wise: Spreading the good news

Published Saturday, March 23, 2019
By Richard Greene

I'm starting off a little newspaper nerdy, but bear with me. Each October as a periodical, we are required by the U.S. Postal Service to publish a statement of ownership. As part of the statement, we must include our circulation numbers. It's usually the last time that number is seen in print for a year.

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All Around Wise: Volunteer firefighters keep weathering conditions

Published Saturday, March 16, 2019
By Richard Greene

In 20 years as a scribe, I've come to realize that breaking news rarely, if ever, happens when it's sunny and 70. Fires usually happen when it's bone-chilling cold or in the searing heat. Wrecks occur when there's some form of precipitation.

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All Around Wise: Shoot for the Cup

Published Saturday, March 9, 2019
By Richard Greene

Friday afternoon four of us crowded around my messy desk to watch the stats page on my computer as the final seconds of the 4A semifinal played out.

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All Around Wise: Ruling undermines Texas Open Meetings Act

Published Saturday, March 2, 2019
By Richard Greene

Before starting my first full-time job 20 years ago this May, I'd been to one city council meeting and that was as a small child because of a mishap with our dog.

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All Around Wise: Career Day reveals true love for job

Published Saturday, February 23, 2019
By Richard Greene

After two days in the state capitol hearing all the wonderful opportunities before the Texas Legislature, I returned to Wonderful Wise Wednesday.

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All Around Wise: Looking for light at end of ‘horrendous’ story

Published Saturday, February 16, 2019
By Richard Greene

Tuesday morning I sat in our conference room during a weekly managers' meeting, hoping for the coffee to kick in after a late night school board meeting in Boyd. A few minutes before the meeting wrapped up, my phone buzzed with a text from our Special Projects Manager Brian Knox.

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Embracing change: Messenger debuts new weekly features

Published Saturday, February 2, 2019
By Richard Greene

A quote I've embraced over nearly two decades in this career is "the only constant in life is change." It took a Google search to realize that Greek philosopher Heraclitus was the originator of the phrase, urging us to embrace change.

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Continuing to inspire: Fowler now reaching out to help others

Published Saturday, January 5, 2019
By Richard Greene

On an unseasonably cold April morning at the McCarroll Middle School track, emotions ran as high as the fierce north wind. It was the first Jackie's Run 5K since the passing of the race's namesake Jackie Murphree.

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Welcoming the end of straight-party ballots

Published Saturday, October 26, 2018
By Richard Greene

After weeks of reading endorsement columns, studying the League of Women Voters guide and doing some independent research on various candidates, I carefully went through the sample ballot again Wednesday morning.

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We serve many roles

Published Saturday, October 13, 2018
By Richard Greene

A week ago a man came into the office, expressing his concern about a human interest feature on the front page of the Messenger. "It's not news," he said repeatedly.

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Running relationships: Consider widening your social circle

Published Saturday, September 1, 2018
By Richard Greene

On the last weekend of August 2003, I made the early Sunday morning trek from my apartment near the University of North Texas to a parking lot near the Physical Education Building to meet a group of strangers to run.

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Time for DISD to press reset

Published Saturday, June 23, 2018
By Richard Greene

The long two weeks of speculation and turmoil at Decatur ISD ended Monday after the 10th hour of trustees meeting behind closed doors to discuss the contract and job performance of superintendent Judi Whitis.

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The future is in good hands

Published Saturday, May 26, 2018
By Richard Greene

A long-standing national pastime is worrying what will happen to the country when it's handed off to the next generation. I know I helped produce my fair share of doubt on Generation X carrying the torch, while playing Super Mario Brothers and listening to a string of one-hit wonders instead of being productive.

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An opportune chore

Published Saturday, April 28, 2018
By Richard Greene

This year I've tried to turn over a new leaf and change my pessimistic ways. I've taken the view that there are no problems, only opportunities.

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Surprise! It’s a newspaper

Published Saturday, April 14, 2018
By Richard Greene

Like many Wednesdays before, you will open your mailbox next week and find a copy of All Around Wise. While many of you will flip through it, the first inclination for some will be to quickly dismiss it as the same old, same old.

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Learning to appreciate needed advice

Published Saturday, March 31, 2018
By Richard Greene

Every once in a while, the advice of my childhood best friend William Charles Janke IV creeps into the my conscience: "We work to live; not live to work."

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Stay involved: United parents promote needed sense of community

Published Saturday, March 10, 2018
By Richard Greene

Monday night a large group of parents filled the Chisholm Trail Middle School library to voice their concerns about the school and the possibility of seeing its enrollment cut by more than half next school year with the opening of Adams Middle School.

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Splits show strength

Published Saturday, March 3, 2018
By Richard Greene

Sitting at the back of the Northwest ISD boardroom Monday night, I was stunned watching the hands rise for the vote on proposed attendance boundaries - three for, and then three against. What? A split vote?

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