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1916 Supreme Court decision upheld income tax

January 24, 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., a landmark United States Supreme Court case in which the Court upheld the validity of a tax statute called the Revenue Act of 1913, Ch. 16, 38 Stat. 166 (October 3, 1913), enacted pursuant to Article I, section 8, clause 1 of, and the Sixteenth […]

Pursuits and your safety

The police car chase is as American as the automobile. The good guys going after the bad guys was a theme that showed up in early silent films, and it has morphed into special-effect-laden movies based entirely on the pursuit. In real life, however, it’s very dangerous when perpetrators try to escape detention by law […]

From Outside My Window

Dr. Clancy P. Hayes Chose To Be Positive I am looking forward to this weekend. We have a young couple coming for a short visit, it is a three-day weekend from work, and the NFL playoffs are in full swing. Speaking of the playoffs, I sure hope the better teams win this weekend. It is […]



by Rev. Bob Uzzel Tuesday December 29, 2015 marked the 125th anniversary of the Massacre at Wounded Knee Creek, which threads the badlands and prairies of southwestern South Dakota. This is hallowed ground for the Sioux Nation—a powerful place of sorrow, remembrance, and healing. Here, on December 29, 1890, some 300 of their ancestors, including […]

In Iowa, is Trump stronger than people think?

The clock is ticking toward the nation’s first big presidential political test in the Iowa Caucus, and tonight’s Republican debate will probably do much to solidify who is going to do well in that state. The timing of the debate is important. It comes on the heels of President Obama’s State of the Union address […]

What would you do with all of that money?

From the category of being careful what you wish for comes today’s $1.4 billion Powerball drawing. Sales of tickets are brisk, to say the least. Local convenience store operators say that the sales are even a detriment to business – people are spending money on the lottery rather than buying much more profitable milk, candy, […]

Get involved in election now

If the Ellis County candidates’ forum held at Waxahachie last Tuesday is any indication, interest is high in the coming primary election. Candidates for county offices were given the chance to make a statement and field questions at the event, which drew a packed house of about 250 people. Estimates were that it was the […]


Out here on the edge of the national forest, in the cattle-ranching, timber-cutting, deer-hunting Arkansas county where I live, this Ammon Bundy guy looks like the Al Sharpton of cows. His publicity seeking has created a media pseudo-event of a particularly modern kind. Can anybody doubt that the feds could more efficiently resolve the standoff […]

From Outside My Window

Have you seen the new Oprah Winfrey commercial for Weight Watchers? Those who watch the stock market say that the value of a share of Weight Watchers International rose 26% the day after the ad was run on national television. Every year millions of people make a resolution to lose weight at the beginning of […]

What’s important?

The mass exodus from Syria and the resulting flood of refugees into European nations – and some to the United States – has set many people on edge. It’s difficult to validate who the new arrivals are, and doubly difficult to determine whether they mean others any harm. Many people have urged restraint in prejudgment […]

In the country illegally? Apparently not

  Remember that debate a few years back when news agencies were trying to determine what to call people who crossed the borders without permission? In the past, they were “illegal aliens.” Terms such as “undocumented workers,” “undocumented residents,” or “undocumented immigrants” were put into use. Here in Ellis County, were were just hosts to […]

Let them eat shrimp

“I’ve got to find something for supper,” I muttered to myself as I headed toward the refrigerator. “I put some shrimp in there,” the husband said nonchalantly. “Shrimp?” I said in the form of a question. I found the zip-top bag and walked back toward him. “Where are they from?” I asked. “The Gulf of […]

End Obamacare? Then what?

The Associated Press reported today that after dozens of failed attempts to undo President Barack Obama’s health care law, the GOP-led Congress will finally put a bill on the president’s desk striking at the heart of his signature legislative achievement. But what if Obamacare were repealed? Then what? See the editorial in the Ennis Daily News! <a […]

Scattershooting at moving targets

Vehicles merging late Ever notice when traffic is narrowed down to a single lane how normal people begin to get in a single file lane? Then, at the last moment the people’s whose time is more important than yours try to cut in up-front at the last possible moment often drive expensive cars or SUVs? […]

Open carry no issue for responsible folks

For many, they’d rather carry a concealed weapon than a holstered one. Former police chief and local barber James “Red” Sanders said as much to The Ennis Daily News on Thursday. For some, open carry will be utilized, and those that are uncomfortable with the sight of handguns will be forced to get used to […]

Let there be light

  Before venturing to our community’s Downtown Christmas Celebration, I halfway decorated the Christmas tree in our family room. We are among the purists who, for as long as we’re able, will enjoy the smell of a fresh evergreen tree. I can see—in the distance—a year when that will no longer be possible, but this […]

Oversight comes at a cost

  A reality in our world is that as technology expands, so do the costs to keep things secure. For example, it was reported this week that Iranian computer hackers accessed the control system of small dam outside of New York City two years ago. It alarmed the government that foreign threats could get into […]

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ – 4 of 4 Tubbs!

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  Being a huge “Star Wars” fan entering the movie, I was expecting something special, and “The Force Awakens” met or exceeded all expectations. Even if you’re not a fan, you are going to love this film for all the same reasons that made me love it and because it is completely different than the […]

Up to date and compromised

The cell phone rang. I didn’t get to it in time, so I let it sit for a few minutes. Then I listened to the voice mail. It was from a fraud department associated with a local bank, asking whether I had made some purchases. I hadn’t. I quickly called back. “Mr. Hicks…” See the […]

Enjoy your imperfect Christmastime

As we head into the final countdown to Christmas, people are busily trying to find the last perfect gifts, trying to arrange for the perfect dinner, trying to have the best time ever with their families. All of us need to relax… Christmas is rarely perfect. See the report in the Ennis Daily News! <a […]

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