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Don’t get sidetracked by oath discussion

One of the ironies of living in our nation, which has freedom as its standard, is that you are free not to pledge allegiance to that country. Conscientious objectors can legally not participate in everything from Selective Service to the Pledge to immunizing children to birth control in the Affordable Care Act. A process of […]

He’s got a family to feed

I have said more than my share of stupid things in 53 years. If you go looking, you can probably find a litany of them on my sons’ Facebook pages. They like to post Dad’s words – some of them purportedly wise and some of them, well – some of them as dumb as the […]

Obey the speed limits

We’ve been getting calls lately about drivers busting the speed limit on our county roads so it seems a good time to remind everybody they need to pay attention to the signs. Just because there’s places on the interstates where you can legally drive 70 mph doesn’t mean you can do that on every roadway. […]

Cut disability benefits?

Five years ago, conservative think tanks around the country were alarmed by the number of people who were being declared disabled and eligible for Social Security disability benefits. The thinking was the Obama Administration was working to get money into the hands of people at a time when the economy was poor, and allowing easier […]

My favorite candidates aren’t running…

Remember the Jason Bourne movies? I love them, even the fourth, which Matt Damon sat out. Jeremy Renner, who was in the most recent edition, was excellent as another protagonist, who, like Damon, played an agent for the CIA. During each film, it is a challenge to know who to trust, who is good, and […]

Going for a ‘W’ at EISD

Ennis Independent School District has developed a tremendous reputation for excellence in several extra-curricular activities, the most noticeable of which are football and band. It’s easy to celebrate the extra-curriculars. There are scores which are all reportable to the public. There are ways to compare the outcome of one school against another. In the new […]

An American, in the dark

It was getting late in the fall, so when I walked into the den at the dormitory, the sun disappeared from the skyline, the windows squinting to provide the last rays of daylight. Absent a foosball game, the lights were off, and, as usual, the television was on, providing entertainment via ABC, NBC, CBS, or […]

Faves about going, returning from vaca

A good day at the beach ends with sandy toes and a sun-kissed nose. Oh the joy of getting away on vacation, free from the everyday, doing nothing and not starting till noon. Mine, for the sixth straight summer, was enjoyed on the white beaches near Traverse City, Michigan. A sunny sky, mild temps during the […]

Where did all the good guys go?

In a day and age when the public’s trust in politicians is anything but reassuring, one has to wonder where all the good guys went. President Barack Obama, like George Bush 43, both ended their second term with plenty more people disapproving than approving of their leadership. And the lack of cooperation between the two […]

Unto thine own selfie

President Barack Obama poses for a selfie with Bill Nye, left, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson in the Blue Room prior to the White House Student Film Festival, Feb. 28, 2014.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

The modern day phenomenon know as the “selfie,” a self-portrait or group photograph, commonly taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone, is not all that new. And it also says some very wacky things about the person doing the shooting. These photos are usually shared through social media like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, […]

Proud of the Explorers

If it seems like I brag a lot about our Explorer Post, it’s because I do. These are some of the best kids you’ll ever find. They’re also some of the most involved kids around and they stay busy all year-round. Summer’s not an off-season for them. See Sheriff Johnny Brown’s column in the Ennis […]

Have sports perspective

This past week was a big one for the good ol’ U.S.A. If you turned on the TV this week, you likely caught the beginning or the end of a segment discussing the U.S. Women’s soccer team, who won the most coveted prize in the soccer world – the World Cup. Then if you tuned […]

Remembering a walk of St. Andrews

When ESPN cranks up coverage of The Open Championship at 3 a.m. CDT Thursday, I will be in my recliner watching the first couple of hours before work beckons, comparing the shots taken by the professionals and amateurs to the day I was able to play The Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. See the […]

Do you really want to click on that icon?

If there is a way to get money without working, people will find it. From the time people were first excited about being to surf the world wide web and get information about far away people, places, and things, others were figuring out ways to monetize the web through illicit means. They could only hope […]

Not to be trusted

It’s 30 weeks to the Iowa caucuses, the line from which the dash to nab the Republican and Democrat nominations for president begins. The de facto front runner is Hillary Clinton, a former Arkansas and United States first lady, former U.S. Senator from New York, and former U.S. Secretary of State. That’s a pretty good […]

Bitten by Shark Week

Believe it or not, Shark Week has been an annual, week-long list of shark-themed movies, programs and documentaries that began in 1988. The Discovery Channel gets pretty good ratings and is now broadcasting the real and fictional shows on sharks in over 72 countries. The week premiers on Sunday, July 5, and fins will be protruding […]

So, is it really the law…?

It came as no surprise to me the U.S. Supreme Court approved, by the slimmest of margins, the concept that people of the same gender can marry legally across the United States. It’s hard to argue against the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution when it comes to protecting the rights of two consenting […]

Math doesn’t lie, but the jobless report does

Unemployment isn’t down when employment is at a 38-year low. It can’t be. The math doesn’t work. And isn’t that one of the problems with our federal government? No one seems to understand mathematics. See the editorial in the Ennis Daily News! Click here to sign up for our E-Edition and read the rest of […]

Bitten by Shark Week

Believe it or not, Shark Week has been an annual, week-long list of shark-themed movies, programs and documentaries that began in 1988. The Discovery Channel gets pretty good ratings and is now broadcasting the real and fictional shows on sharks in over 72 countries. The week premiers on Sunday, July 5, and fins will be protruding […]

Hope for the Hopeless

Once again I’m taking a break from my normal daily activities to look out my office window. As I am looking out my new window, there are rows of children following leaders around the SAGU campus. It is not unusual to see children on the campus during the summer. This camp is unique from all […]

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