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EDITORIAL: Doing the right thing for everyone

October 22, 2014

Sometimes an event occurs that can rattle the foundations of small towns.
That’s what has happened with the eight-year sentence given to Travis Reed, a captain in the Briar Fire Department.
Originally arrested two years ago, Reed was convicted of indecency with a child on Oct. 17. He becomes eligible for parole in four years.
But the Briar Fire Department  isn’t the only organization dazed by the verdict.… Read the rest

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Woman told of Old West, Sante Fe Trail life

October 22, 2014
Woman told of Old West, Sante Fe Trail life

I thought that the only book written by a woman about a mid-19th century crossing along the Santa Fe Trail was Susan Magoffin’s in 1846-47, which I read years ago. A friend recently gave me a book called Land of Enchantment  Memoirs of Marian Russell along the Santa Fe Trail.
Although first published in 1954, and reprinted in 1981, I had never seen it. I love stories written by real people who experienced adventures in the West first hand.… Read the rest

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Leading by a steadfast example: We can do better

October 22, 2014
Leading by a steadfast example: We can do better

Sometimes you meet someone who really lived  life.
That was David Brown, who died of pancreatic cancer and was buried Oct. 20.
His life, in only 67 years, was a template for everyone: Do good.
The first of many ways he contributed to the world came in the Army where he was a paratrooper.
David joined as a lieutenant after he graduated from TCU.
From there, he became a member of the Weatherford Fire Department, rising to the rank of captain and serving decades.… Read the rest

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High court allows voter ID law for current election

October 22, 2014
High court allows voter ID law for current election

With early voting in Texas only days away, the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 18 let stand a U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals order, thereby allowing Texas’ 2011 voter identification law to remain in force for the time being.
Civil rights plaintiffs in Veasey et al. v. Perry et al. sought to have portions of the law declared unenforceable on constitutional grounds. In a Corpus Christi federal courtroom, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos struck down the law and ordered the state to return to election law practices in place before the Legislature passed the law in 2011.… Read the rest

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High cotton: 327s, Blue Knights, and a Beamer

October 15, 2014
High cotton: 327s, Blue Knights, and a Beamer

I’m not really a car guy.
When my fellow high schoolers were drooling over their first cars and getting them “souped up,” I was watching old scary movies and learning shorthand. (Today, I can remember only one thing in shorthand – and I advanced to regional in the UIL competition in 1973 – my first name.)
I just never got the car bug. I never drove fast; President Jimmy Carter’s lowering of the speed limit meant nothing to me since I was already driving only 55 miles per hour everywhere.… Read the rest

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Was Ernest Hemingway really a ‘Western’ man?

October 15, 2014
Was Ernest Hemingway really a ‘Western’ man?

Famous journalist, writer, war correspondent, world traveler Ernest Hemingway, I think, was a western man. During the early 1930s he spent his winters in Florida, but he traveled to Wyoming and Idaho in the summers. He hunted deer, elk and grizzly bears. He even met with actor Gary Cooper in Idaho and hunted with him.
As a youngster Hemingway learned the love of the outdoors by hunting, fishing and camping with his physician father in the woods and lakes of Northern Michigan.… Read the rest

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#drgrandpa says it’s time to ‘Find your new joy!’

October 15, 2014
#drgrandpa says it’s time to ‘Find your new joy!’

I woke up this morning under the patchwork “crazy” quilt that my Granny Lewis made for me when I was 10 years old. When I think of Granny, I think of quilts, Fritos and bean dip, crocheted afghans, playing croquet in the front yard, and “camping out” in a hammock stretched between two trees.  Those two trees still stand in my dad’s yard.… Read the rest

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Ruling prevents enforcment of voter ID law

October 15, 2014
Ruling prevents enforcment of voter ID law

An Oct. 9 ruling by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos of Corpus Christi prevents the state from enforcing the voter identification law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011 as Senate Bill 14.
In the case, Marc Veasey et al. v. Rick Perry et al., Ramos ruled the law was enacted with a discriminatory purpose and an impermissible discriminatory effect against Hispanics and African-Americans. Ramos said the law places an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote that is, in effect, a poll tax.… Read the rest

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And that’s the way it was: December 28, 1986

October 8, 2014
And that’s the way it was: December 28, 1986

We tend to forget what kind of peo-ple we were decades ago. But I got a glimpse of the long-forgotten Mark.
While digging in my personal junk drawer – not to be confused with the family junk drawer that houses tape, paper clips, old college IDs, and playing cards – I came upon a blast from the (far distant) past.
I was searching for some replacement foam pads for my earphones because Grandbaby Oz ate the originals off the earpieces.… Read the rest

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Leading candidates appear in debate forums

October 8, 2014
Leading candidates appear in debate forums

Texans interested in who their next governor and lieutenant governor will be witnessed major party candidates for those offices engage in live, one-hour broadcast debates last week.
Fellow state Sens. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and Dan Patrick, R-Houston, opponents in the race for lieutenant governor, faced off in Austin on Sept. 29. Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, and Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott competed on stage in Dallas on Sept. 30, each striving to succeed longtime Gov.… Read the rest

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