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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 […]

Wacky world of social media

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In the U.S. alone, 65 percent of adults use social networking sites, according to Pew Research Center. Among millennials age 18-29, that figure hits 90 percent. Social media can be exhilarating, informative, entertaining and a great aid in communicating in real time. Time between sending or receiving is similar to the fastest recorded amount of […]

Will the game be super?

I’m pretty sure I have the game pegged in this year’s Super Bowl, and I’m going to share that with you – later. The question is whether the game is going to wind up like many of the earlier big games, when it was a blowout, or whether it it going to be more like […]

Battle lines today are multiple, digital

President Obama’s reluctance to place troops on the ground in the Middle East, particularly Syria, has drawn the ire of many in Congress. But when it comes to the elimination or at least the cornering of ISIS, boots on the ground isn’t going to be the end-all. In conventional warfare, a common tactic was to […]

Chips, Chicken Wings, and the Big Game

Dr. Clancy P. Hayes Chips, Chicken Wings, and the Big Game If I were to ask you what you thought the most-well attended religious event is in the United States, many of you would say Easter Sunday morning. This may be true, but if it is, the Super Bowl is a close second. This weekend, […]


  When pastors gaze out from their pulpits, they may want to imagine what would happen if they asked their flocks to respond to this statement: “As long as it’s between consenting adults, any kind of sex is fine.” If this were a conservative or nondenominational Protestant church, the active, “practicing” members would be sharply […]

Sports betting leads to concerns

  Recent revelations that there may have been some level of match fixing in professional tennis has once again raised concerns regarding sports betting. This comes on the heels of attorneys general in some states claiming that oneline fantasy sports games, run by organizations such as Draft Kings., are illegal gambling. People have been casting […]


  WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Donald Trump’s supporters showed up at the Sheraton Monday night fully expecting their man to win the Iowa caucuses. And why shouldn’t they? Trump had held a lead of varying sizes in 13 of the last 13 polls listed in the RealClearPolitics average of Iowa polls. How could that […]


  I used to have this poster in my office reflecting the timeless wisdom of a relief pitcher named Larry Andersen. Today he does radio broadcasts for the Philadelphia Phillies. A friend who’s a calligrapher made it for me. “Hey, you’re only young once, but you can be immature forever.” The poster got lost after […]

Flint’s problems belong to many cities

The lead contamination of the water supply in Flint, Michigan, has raised awareness about the potential for health risks in drinking water supplies. In Flint, the water became contaminated through some changes in original supply being exposed to very old lead pipes throughout that community – either in homes or in neighborhoods. It raises the […]

Is annual water testing enough?

  What happened in Flint, Mich., with regard to the discovery of high concentrations of lead in the city’s water, should make every water superintendent, city manager, and city council member in America take notice and ask the question: What’s in our water? It’s not that difficult to discover. For the last several years, the […]

What to do when the zombies come

They’re coming! Yes, they are! No, not the British. Not the aliens either. They supposedly built the pyramids and everything else we need an answer for. Nope, not even the coming water shortage. Did you hear about T. Boone Pickens and the other hoarders. What are they gonna do, purchase the clouds and own the […]

Establishment crashing down

The talking heads spent most of Monday night reviewing the results of the first-in-the-nation caucuses up in Iowa and most of them came up with the same conclusion. People are mad. As in angry. This epiphany for the mainstreamers was almost shocking in that it really didn’t take much investigation to discover that’s the case […]

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