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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 […]

What is that caucus deal?

The campaigns for president have been in full swing for more than a year. The folks in Iowa have been fielded robotic telephone calls for months – from candidates, and their family, and friends in Congress. Pollsters have dialed them up to get opinions. The airwaves have been inundated with television and radio commercials, and […]

Fifty Shades of Black’ shows why spoof films have hit limit

.5 Tubbs out of 4 It should have been a slam-dunk. The jokes are ripe for the picking, and “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the film that “Fifty Shades of Black” unsuccessfully parodies, is pretty much a joke in itself. However, raunchy sexual jokes, as were to be expected, fall on an audience that finds itself […]

Migrating crows; swarmus fast-foodicus

What’s with all of these migrating blackbirds? Drive along East Ennis Avenue near I-45 and you’ll swear you’re reliving Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 horror film, “The Birds.” And, no, it’s not limited to our town. Waxahachie has an enormous invasion going on along Main Street near Hwy 287. Go west and the exit at Walnut Creek […]

From Outside My Window

Dr. Clancy P. Hayes As I walked through the hall on the lower floor of my office complex, the ceramic tiles that I was walking on caught my attention. I noticed the way that they had been laid. They were not in a straight line, but staggered. I also noticed that the tiles were not […]

Biden perfect pick for cancer research task force

President Barack Obama announced the creation of another federal task force on Thursday – and it’s a good thing. Dubbed the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, the group is charged with accelerating cancer research. There are lots of political and social issues that create a tenuous tenor in our nation, but one thing that […]

Trump needs to get on the stage

  Donald Trump has been accused of being many things. Now you can add debate dodger to the list. That the GOP front-runner has decided to skip tonight’s Republican presidential candidate debate on FOX News truly falls in line with his maverick approach to politics. He doesn’t like the moderator – Megyn Kelly – who […]

Are you watching enough TV?

Studies say the average American spends five and a half hours a day watching some kind of video — TV, movies or online videos. But mostly TV. What a bunch of amateurs. I watch five and a half hours of television before breakfast. But then, it’s kind of my job to watch TV. I watch […]

Every dog has his day

When the puppy came to live with us, he was a six-pound bundle of fur and sad eyes. I believed we could make his life wonderful. Mostly Chocolate Labrador, he responded to our love and care, but even now, he refuses to quit growing. “Are you feeding that dog fertilizer?” asks the friend who runs-for-his-health […]

Interest in city seats heartening

The announcements in recent days of people interested in running for office in Ennis is heartening. There are many capable people in our community. They have good ideas, good judgment, good leadership skills, and a good history here. Just by reading the words in their announcements, you can tell they have the best interests of […]

Bird brains, hawks and pigeons

My wife and I were in line at the store one day last spring, and on a shelf to the side of the check-out aisle was a book about birds. She picked it up and thumbed through it a little bit and I asked her if she wanted to buy it. “No,” she said, and […]

Iowa Caucus, reminds me of Groundhog Day

Iowa Caucus, reminds me of Groundhog Day By Glenn Mollette I have watched the movie titled Groundhog Day with actor Bill Murray. Looking back I’m wondering if that movie was about the Iowa Caucus. The caucus just keeps coming back and back and it seems we just can’t escape the Iowa Caucus. Groundhog Day is […]

Acting can’t save silly premise of ‘The Boy’

1 1/2 Tubbs out of 4 Nobody stood out with stellar acting in “The Boy,” William Brent Bell’s newest horror film – this time about dolls. Still, the acting may have been the only redeeming quality of the film, although it wasn’t enough to save the film from its creators and writers. See the Justin […]

Take a look at downtown plan

Every successful outcome began with a plan. Every plan that resulted in a successful outcome began with a dream. The dream for Ennis’ downtown started almost 2 ½ years ago. That dream has been translated to a plan. And now it’s time to start looking at it in detail, as the planning and zoning commission […]

Ruin, barbarism, and reaction

Last week’s destruction of the Saint Elijah monastery in Iraq by ISIS generated a wide range of emotions. Some historians were sad to see the destruction of a structure that was about 1,400 years old, even though it was a mostly unused ruin. Some Christians were dismayed that more of their history was being obliterated […]

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 […]

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