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Getting worked up

As a freshman in high school, I’ll never forget a summer spent in East Texas. I was a lean kid, long on laughing and short on physical labor. Living in Delray Beach, Florida, we made a trek to Mabank for what we thought was a grandparent’s deathbed. Turned into months in the searing heat, plus, […]

What are we turning into?

There’s an old joke I heard that was told about an Old Testament story. Perhaps you are familiar with the Genesis 19 tale of Lot and his family fleeing the city of Sodom due to rampant iniquity. Two angels escorted them with a warning not to look back at Sodom during its destruction. A Sunday […]

Post mortem: The media and this election

There’s been a tremendous amount of navel-gazing and introspection occurring among those in the news business this week. Somehow shocked and stunned by Donald Trump’s victory in the election, many in the so-called mainstream media are reeling. It was an amazing spectacle to watch the astonishment, angst, and emoting that took place on live TV […]


Heads-in-hands, fetal positioning, the walk of defeat, weeping and gnashing of teeth. The world came crashing down around the Millennial Chicken Littles of America in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. After drinking Stephen Colbert’s Kool-Aid and ingesting the bill of goods shoveled to them by Bill Maher, Whoopi, Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks, they […]

A vote for Hillary is a vote for UFOs

By Justin Tubbs I was sitting at the news office thinking up a topic for my column, which has become a sort of weekly mainstay in our newspaper. This is a tough exercise. I don’t consider myself much of a column writer. So, I started googling topics to brainstorm ideas. “Trump on immigration.” Nope. Just […]

A talking snake

 There’s an old fable about a man who went hiking along a mountain range. As he began to ascend beyond most ground vegetation, he passed more rocky terrain. Eventually, his climb reached elevations that were covered in snow. Mounting ever higher he heard something. What was it? Who was it? Was it the thin air’s […]

Charlotte riots: More rampage than outrage

The riots in Charlotte Wednesday night were shameful on a number of levels. Having moved from Charlotte to Ennis in April, the scenes unfolding on television were somewhat unreal and mind-boggling. Charlotte, as a city, has invested heavily in revitalizing its downtown during the past 15 years or so. The Epicenter, with its mix of […]

Picking fights with the media

By Mark Warde It is safe to suggest the media, mostly print and television, lean heavily to the left. When it comes to TV, it requires no effort to figure which one major network doesn’t comply with the others. Personally, I never watched that network until I grew tired of hearing the banter from the […]

Get your popcorn ready…

By Mark Warde It wasn’t that long ago that Terrell Owens instructed Cowboy fans to “Get your popcorn ready.” A lightning rod for both praise and parody, Owens failed to be quiet on or off the field. While his statement, “I love me some me,” screamed of his self-centered nature, respect for his production and […]

Proof that voter ID can work

By Mark Warde Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner in 1814. The author of the famous words, “the land of the free and the home of the brave,” applied the lyrics to the tune of a popular English drinking club song. Key, whose views on race in America would make Donald Trump blush, […]

Our View: District could’ve been more open, still should

In a series of articles published this week, The Ennis Daily News gave readers an in-depth look at events surrounding Cassandra Ortiz vs. Ennis Independent School District. The litigation was settled in mediation resulting in Ortiz, the former Lionettes drill instructor, being award $60,000 which will be paid by the district’s insurance carrier. Many might […]

Unleashing endorphins in Ennis

By Mark Warde Here’s an exercise in saving gas for a week. No, I don’t mean flying away on vacation and leaving your vehicles behind. Come to think of it, that is a pretty good idea I just dismissed. Seriously, just for the fun of it, why not try an All-Ennis week in your household? […]

Summer’s here

By Mark Warde Two guys are standing at the gas station filling up. One says to the other, “Man, it’s hot.” The other guy nods affirmatively, “It’s humid too,” to which the first guy counters, “Naw, it’s hotter.” The second guy then replies, “Nope, it’s humider.” After the recent deluge of rain to hit the […]

Good day sunshine, perhaps…

By Keven Todd Good day sunshine, good day sunshine, good day sunshine I need to laugh and when the sun is out I’ve got something I can laugh about I feel good in a special way I’m in love and it’s a sunny day Those of us old enough to know who the Beatles were […]

Whose side are you on?

By Mark Warde The events of the past week have revealed plenty about mankind, both good and evil. We also are witnessing leadership in our country refuse to take a stand against the enemy. Carnal man is capable of gross selfishness and destruction, as seen in Orlando. The outpouring of compassion and empathy, even in […]

VIDEO EXTRA: Love him or hate him, Ali was an icon

By Mark Warde Cassius Clay was one of the best boxers of our time. He was also a polarizing figure for many, primarily because he converted to Islam, changed his name to Muhammad Ali, and then refused to join the American military when he was drafted. He passed away last week at the age of […]

VIDEO EXTRA: Animals hijacking the headlines

By Mark Warde Is it just me or does it seem like, lately, animals have been making headlines like attention-hounds. It’s as if the Hollywood movie, the Secret Life of Pets, has become a reality show. Let’s look at a few high-profile animals that have dominated the headlines of late… Going ape over the gorilla […]

Off the railroad tracks

By Mark Warde I love trains and I love traveling on them too. The sound of them passing on the track in the middle of the night is music to my ears. One December in the 90’s, on a whim, I took my two kids, Matthew Dallas and Kristin, from Ann Arbor to Dallas for […]

Our View: A solemn tribute on Memorial Day

This intangible thing we call freedom is interpreted differently by just about every individual, but one aspect that’s not open for debate is that we enjoy freedom because of the sacrifices made by countless men and women of our armed forces. We must never question that freedom is worth fighting for, and dying for. That […]

Did you hear the one about the accordion

By Mark Warde So I’m swiggin’ on a sweet tea in the office last week when the dialogue in the newsroom goes to polka. Where else in America does that dynamic take place besides Ennis? Polka? My mind immediately shifted into a mode that pulls random thoughts, word pictures, movie lines, one liners and crazy […]

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