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Challenges in defending Pope Francis

By Mark Warde Have you ever, in an effort to make something perfectly clear, only made the waters murkier? It’s not uncommon. When you are a recognized leader and you tread into a verbal minefield surrounded by microphones, cameras and interpreters, clarity of speech is critical. During his much anticipated trip to the USA, Pope […]

Medicaid Mythbuster: Source and Quality of Care

A constant complaint about Medicaid is that fewer healthcare providers take patients on public insurance programs, and the resulting quality of care suffers. The facts, however, tell a different story. See the guest opinion in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Walking for a Cause

Last year, more than 500 people participated in the Ennis Pink Power walk. The event – scheduled for this Saturday – is one of many nationally in October to support the battle against breast cancer. This locally-developed event, started by Lakisha Wells and her non-profit organization, Chics in Pink Stilettos in 2012, has grown from […]

Oregon shooting prompts discussion about public info

After a deadly shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College, where 10 were killed and even more injured, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin told the press he would never name the shooter who was shot and killed by law enforcement. Hanlin told the press he didn’t want to give the shooter, whose name has since been […]

Busy bee gets it done with “Honey”

The first person I met after former EDN publisher Tre Bischof hired me had something that was easily apparent; initiative. Eighteen months later her synergistic influence is still getting things done. It was April in 2014 when Marylyn Wylie called for an appointment. We sat down to talk. Now, I am known for being fluent […]

Sheriff’s gesture symbolic, perhaps worthwhile

Thursday’s mass murder at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, resulted in all kinds of reactions. One of the most interesting came from Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin. Late in the evening on Thursday, the press obtained the name of the perpetrator of the crime. It was broadcast across every television news network, across every […]

Another tragedy to mourn today

For many, Thursday’s mass murder at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, was just another example of an individual losing control of himself and using guns to take the lives of innocent people who were just trying to get an education or provide one. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to […]

Guest Edit: Celebrating success in conservation

As the opening of white-tailed deer hunting season draws near, Texans for Saving Our Hunting Heritage is working to raise awareness about the important models and doctrines that define hunting as we know it. A coalition of sportsmen and women who value the rich tradition of hunting in Texas, Texans for Saving Our Hunting Heritage […]

Guest Edit: October is Farm to School Month

October is National Farm to School month (#F2SMonth). “Farm to School” refers to schools serving local, farm-fresh foods ranging from fruits and veggies to honey and meat. The more local foods we serve our kids, the better. One-third of U.S. children are obese or overweight, and only 2% of children get the recommended serving of […]

Renegade bureaucrats can’t be allowed to win

There are so many great public servants, it’s wrong to cast wide nets. But stories continually emerge of those bureaucrats by the citizens who abuse their positions and use them for their own benefit. The Associated Press and FOX News reported today that Rep. Jason Chaffertz, a Republican from Utah, who was investigating shenanigans and […]

If the barn needs painting…

Located deep in the heart of the downtown Ennis, in the historic district, is the former Mild Bill’s Spice Company. Something is happening there… See Mark Warde’s column in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

Long way to go till Caucus Night

Are you concerned that Donald Trump is leading in all of the polls? Fearful that Iowans will launch Trump on the way to victory? Well… For the first time in 32 years, I’m not working at an Iowa newspaper during the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses in Iowa. I’m sure there are some former Iowans who live […]


In the wake of Wednesday’s second Republican presidential debates, the pundits are claiming Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio came off as winners. The polls say otherwise. See the editorial in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of the story!

A lighting makeover

Every celebration needs a makeover once in a while, and apparently nature is in agreement. Wednesday’s report in The Ennis Daily News regarding changes in the lighting of trees in downtown for the holiday season and Lights of Ennis festivities will be greeted by some with a little sadness. But the reality is the time […]

Irritated by female voices on navigation systems

My wife is prone to tell me where to go. At least she does when I’m driving, and I am not fond of it either. Three reasons why: One, my responses are limited because I am strapped in and, secondly, I’m focused on traffic. But when the audible navigation system is also a lady, I […]

I love taking word pictures

There are a few things I love. I’m not bashful about any of them. Sweet Tea. Meatloaf. Classic rock. Clint Eastwood movies. Blue Bell Chocolate. College football. The change of seasons. Friends who pull no punches. And word pictures. Why be plain? Why communicate without content or color as though your words have flat-lined. See […]

Drug take-back a good program

The effort by local law enforcement to rid our medicine boxes of unwanted or no-longer-needed prescriptions is great. On Sept. 26, Ellis County agencies are jointing for the semi-annual Operation Medicine Drop and Take to the Box Prescription Drug Return. See the editorial and the report in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign […]

Big crowd at City Hall? Good!

If one is to believe the buzz about town, there will be quite a crowd at Tuesday’s Ennis City Commission meeting. The recently-submitted resignation of City Manager Chuck Ewings has led to people questioning operations at City Hall, cooperation among the commissioners, and even calls for the commission to reject Ewings’ resignation and ask him […]

Discerning news

Sometimes in the news business, you come to a point where you have to make the difficult decision: Is this news or is this nothing? Lately, I’ve gotten better at discerning the news from the garbage. Sometimes it’s pretty easy, actually. Take, for instance, Thursday, when I got a call from a concerned parent who […]

Give Thanks

Today I am looking out my office window. The sun is shining brightly through the window and it is like it has entered my heart. I am feeling very thankful morning. After class this morning there was a little break before chapel. I was sitting at a table in my office and my good friend […]

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