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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 […]

Delivering on a promise

When the citizens of Ennis voted to raise the city tax, the idea being peddled by leaders was the need for a new police facility and to implement several programs to help the fight against crime. The small rate would add up to $750,000 a year towards those areas. After four years it can halted […]

Working against us, constantly

The Chinese spend a lot of time trying to act as if they want to be friends with the United States. We seem to take their efforts to heart, and sincerely attempt to work with them on many fronts. But the Chinese are primarily interested in China, not America. Last week, a Secret Service agent […]

Teaming with banks, credit card firms

We have a common enemy, and it will take teamwork to defeat it. That could have been a theme at last Thursday’s cyber security luncheon at the Ennis Chamber of Commerce. A Secret Service agent from the Dallas Field Office shared data and critical information about hackers, cyber terrorists, email weaknesses, point of sale terminal […]

Where can we go?

Who in this world of ours can we turn to and trust their words along with their motives? Very few, it seems. And yet, when we’re young and full of hope, we believe most everyone. How else would Dr. Seuss stories make sense? Why would we trust Sesame Street’s scary Count to teach us about […]

Discreet Puritan nightmare plays on fear of unknown

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A great horror film is not one that induces screams or jumps. It’s not a film with a slasher chasing down teens. A truly good horror film plays with the audience’s emotions by revealing little about its antagonist and even less about the setting in which the nightmare scenario occurs. “The Witch” terrorizes its audience […]

Early voting a great option, but consider…

More than 3,500 Ellis County residents have already taken the opportunity to vote in the March 1 primary election through the early voting process. Early voting is a great option.  But, there is a problem with early voting, too. See the editorial in the Ennis Daily News! <ahref=”http://www.etypeservices.com/Ennis%20Daily%20NewsID64/”>Click here to sign up for our E-Edition […]

Expanding tax base is critical

The recent release of details regarding “Project Retail” in Ennis is both exciting and important. Residents get excited when they start thinking about our community’s economic development efforts taking aim at more shops and restaurants. That generates enthusiasm for the town and it creates an atmosphere that is good for all retailers – people have […]

School’s roles for families are expanding

Tuesday’s report that Texas ranks fifth among all states in school breakfast participation is noteworthy in several respects. From a participation standpoint, it is readily apparent that parents of younger children like the program. In the Ennis Independent School District, about 60 percent of the students in grades prior to high school eat breakfast daily, […]

A disappointing, predictable response

The death of Antonin Scalia, a member of the United States Supreme Court and one of the most fervent defenders of the U.S. Constitution and rule of law, should have resulted in a time of mourning and a time of reflection. The light he shone on this country in his years as a justice demanded […]

Movie Review: “Deadpool”

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Throughout my time in college, I was an avid reader of comic books. My favorite character, by far, was Deadpool. The clever, foul-mouthed, sardonic anti-hero is different from any of the other Marvel superheroes, and the latest film from Marvel and 20th Century Fox is in the same way very different than any of the […]

A role model young people should hear

  Ennis native and U.S. District Court Judge Alfred H. Bennett spoke to about 100 people at a meeting of the Ennis Negro Chamber of Commerce Saturday night. For those who attended, it was an excellent affair, designed in part to raise support and funds for completion of the ENCC’s multi-purpose facility. It was also […]

‘Hail, Caesar!’ a Coen Brothers film of very particular taste

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2.5 out of 4 Tubbs For stretches of Joel and Ethan Coen’s new film, “Hail, Caesar!,” I felt like I wasn’t quite aware of where it was headed. By the end, though, it was clear the Coen Brothers had crafted another quality product, even if it’s not their best work. “Hail, Caesar!” is a satire […]

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