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Remembering the Pancho Villa Expedition 100 years later

By Rev. Bob Uzzel March 9, 2016 marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Pancho Villa Expedition. In 1913, a bloody civil war in Mexico brought General Victoriano Huerta to power. American President Woodrow Wilson despised the new regime, referring to it as a “government of butchers” and provided active military support to […]

Drive safely during spring break

Because of the sensational winter weather Ennis and much of Texas has enjoyed this year, it’s harder to differentiate between the chills of the coldest season and the spring that is arriving. Many flowering plants are blooming and many trees have shed their blossoms. But, one sure sign of spring is a week off from […]

Intriguing priority, timing of sheriff’s plans

Ellis County Commissioners have made a pair of interesting moves, each needed greatly and both will be governed by newly re-elected sheriff Johnny Brown. I like them both, but questions linger. One of them has been on the agenda for awhile and only recently got addressed – security at the historic Ellis County courthouse in […]

Taxing trappings of Obamacare

People who used the Affordable Care Act to obtain health insurance last year are now getting a look into how intrusive the law is in their lives. When one signs up for health insurance through the government, he or she is asked to estimate income for the following year. Based on that estimate, the person […]

Applaud downtown plan approval

The Ennis City Commission’s action to approve the proposed Downtown Master Plan should be applauded by the citizens. Downtown Ennis has been a focal point of development the last two years, after a tornado revealed to many what some had already recognized. The city needed a jump start in its central business district. To be […]

On The Side: Taking dreams to reality

There is a lot of talk about growth in Ennis these days. Private investors are working on several projects in the downtown area, setting the stage for some new businesses and new upper story residences. There are new homes going up in some subdivisions. Ennis Avenue has witnessed the construction of a new shared building […]

Disney trekking into social issues yet again; film offers muddled message

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Disney’s “Brave” will always be one of my favorite animated films. It’s a film that tackled sexism, a very adult issue, in a time during which many claim there is no issue at all. Zootopia tries to do the same thing, using animals – predators and prey – as an allegory for racism in today’s […]

Some Cold Facts on Global Warming

On the last day of February, the high temperature hit 64 degrees here in Washington. Yet the snow drifts from January’s massive East Coast blizzard were still melting. So what are we to make of the weather and the climate-change controversy? Is it getting warmer or colder? It’s not even a question worth asking, as […]

Texas tries to define genders for sports

High school athletics have long been divided by gender. There are physiological differences between the genders which can make a difference in strength, speed, power, coordination, grace, endurance, etc. Females are better at some sports than males, and males are better at some sports than females. In some sports, the differences may be minor, and […]

Addition By Subtraction

So how did you feel about the outcome of the Super Tuesday primaries? I went into the voting booth with mixed emotions. I really didn’t know who I wanted to vote for in the presidential race right up to the moment I blackened the dot. In the end, I voted for my wife’s favorite candidate. […]

Dr. Geezer and Dr. Young

Editor’s note: Every once in a while we come across a story that tickles the funny bone. We share this one with you. Enjoy. An old geezer became very bored in retirement and decided to open a medical clinic. He put a sign up outside that said: “Dr. Geezer’s clinic. Get your treatment for $500. […]

Trump better watch talk about libel

Donald Trump pronounced last week that if he is elected president, he wants to pursue a weakening of the libel laws in the United States At a rally in Fort Worth, Trump said his changes would mean that “when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots […]

Keeping time

  My bedside clock is a cheap reproduction of an expensive timepiece. Requiring only one AA battery, it has served me well for years and years, time after time, always on time, in good times and bad times, with no time limit and no time-out. About a decade ago, a friend gifted us with a […]

Too early for unity calls

As the election returns slowed to a trickle Tuesday night, party faithful and candidates alike began to issue calls for unity. Ted Cruz urged the other Republican candidates not named Donald Trump to unite behind him. A winner in his home state of Texas Tuesday night, as well as in Oklahoma and Alaska, Cruz said […]

What’s in it for me?

During his inauguration speech on Capitol Hill in 1961, one of the most popular presidents of all time, John F. Kennedy, asked his fellow Americans to, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” In the 50+ years since his challenge we’ve slipped quite a bit […]

Serendipitous moments in life

Serendipity – a noun, meaning an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. Or, as I prefer to describe them, life’s unexpected joys. We all have experienced them, though it’s doubtful we credited them by saying, “the serendipity of the trip to Chicago happened on the train when I met…” One of my favorites happened […]

Movie Review: Room

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‘Room’ a tragic tale of life after trauma In preparation for Oscar season, I always sit down to watch all the nominees. Many flicks have familiar names, as you either saw the previews or went to see them in theaters. There are those films, however, that are head-scratchers. As recently as 2012, that film was […]

Football history from ’51 in print

My wife was once a real antique nut. We would go on a brief trip somewhere and spend several hours – planned, of course – in shops along the way. She spent her time checking pottery and furniture for markings, looking at jewelry, and, well, looking at everything. She particularly loves junk shops, looking for […]

First round decisions come on Tuesday

  It’s time to make a choice for those who are interested in our political process. Texas will hold its primary election on Tuesday. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Primaries are important to the election process, but many people fail to participate. They believe them to be a party-member-only type of […]

Working the city’s plans

Ennis has spent considerable time and money on community planning over the last few years. The city has a comprehensive plan and a downtown master plan, both in the birthing stages at this point. Plans are important. Plans are the measuring sticks for future development and decision-making. They don’t strictly outline how each future decision […]

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