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Thu
13
Sep
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2 Cents Worth

By Carol Greenway -Holland

Thu
13
Sep
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IF THE SENATE TURNS BLUE

By Scotty Daniel

AMENDENT/1 A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Are you familiar with “The United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty11 (ATT) that was signed by the United States in 2013 (guess who was President then) and only awaits ratification by the Senate in order for the confiscation of firearms and ammunition provisions to be enforced against American citizens?

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Wed
05
Sep
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Real Problems, Our Problems

By James Decker

At the recent West Texas Rural Summit, drug addiction—causes, challenges, solutions—was a hot topic. This is a complicated topic that has been on my heart for a while. I hope my readers indulge me as I start a multi-part series on drugs. If we are serious about addressing this problem in our communities, and we should be, this topic deserves a comprehensive look, not just a summary. As we work to improve our communities— beautify them, bring jobs and amenities, make them more prosperous for all—drugs must be tackled by all of our community leaders.

When we think about drugs in our community, a few easy images come to mind. We think of marijuana. We think of out-of-town dealers selling to our locals. We almost certainly think of people cooking and using meth. Those images are all accurate pieces of the puzzle. But the puzzle itself is far more complicated and concerning.

Wed
05
Sep
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Faces & Places

By Mary Gruben

“And though she is little, she is fierce.” Shakespeare.

You can’t make up this stuff, folks.

Wil and I were sitting in our booth at McDonald’s, minding our own business, he with a McMuffin and I with hotcakes. I’m always looking and listening for stories and one had just walked in the door. About 4 or 5 years old, wearing a pink fluffy ballerina skirt, a red tee shirt with white letters that said, “Requires Constant Supervision,” a tiara that was about to slide off her brown hair that looked like a small bird’s nest and brown well-worn cowboy boots. She was holding the hand of an older woman I guessed to be grandma (and I was right) and the other hand rubbing the sleep from her eyes. I nudged Wil’s right leg with my foot and nodded toward the pair walking in. I said, “Want to bet we’re going to be entertained at breakfast?” He just smiled.

Thu
30
Aug
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PAST AMERICA vs PRESENT AMERICA

By Scotty Daniel

Having reached my 85th birthday, I’m part of a group of about 50 million Americans who are 65yrs of age or older. My age cohorts were in school during the 1940s. Every morning we stood, facing the American flag, pledged allegiance to that flag, sang the Star-Spangled Banner and had a prayer, usually The Lords Prayer and a special prayer for the safety of so many relatives and friends fighting and protecting us. We all felt so safe and secure! And, no one was concerned about a law-suit.

Thu
30
Aug
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Essays from West of 98

Rural Summits and Regionalism
By James Decker

Thu
23
Aug
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You Are Worthy

By James Decker

This past weekend, I heard a really sharp testimony at church, after a church member returned from a mission trip. One of the main points that the person made, learned on this mission trip, both about other people and about themselves, was this statement: You Are Worthy.

I got to thinking about how this applies within the efforts to improve our communities. How many of you have ever struggled with the notion of whether you are worthy of your goals? Well, guess what? YOU ARE

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Thu
23
Aug
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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor and anyone else associated with the paper,

I finally got to read the paper from August 10th, today Sunday the 19th.
I just wanted to say how proud of you and for you I am. I knew from reading the paper how much you have grown as “newspaper men”!
The awards you received in June, are most surely warranted!

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Thu
16
Aug
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Essays from West of 98

Fresh Starts and New Beginnings

By James Decker

No matter what life throws at us, we always have an opportunity for a fresh start. Bad day at work? When you go to bed, you get to start a new day when you wake up. Rough week in life? You can’t go back and change the bad week, but come Sunday morning, it’s a new week with an opportunity to write a new, better story than the week before.

The same holds true for a new year. No matter what happened last year, last year doesn’t define next year. That applies to both the good and bad. A bad year doesn’t have to drag down the next year, but a good year and good accomplishments don’t guarantee the same in the coming year.

Thu
16
Aug
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Faces & Places

By Mary Gruben

A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just. Pope Francis There he was, sitting on the curb in front of a convenience store in Roby, Texas. He was leaning against a huge duffle bag, like the ones the Marine’s carry. Even though he was sitting, I could tell the bag was almost as tall as he.

Wilber Gruben aka W.G. and Wil, also known as the man I’m married to, decided we needed to go to P.F. Chang in Fort Worth for lunch. Sure, it’s a long way, but well worth it. Another story is in the works about what happened when we got there. I’m getting ahead of myself so back to the guy on the curb in Roby.

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