YAMHILL, Ore. — Chaos reigned daily on the No. 6 school bus, with working-class boys and girls flirting and gossiping and dreaming, brimming with mischief, bravado and optimism. Nick rode it every day in the 1970s with neighbors here in rural Oregon, neighbors like Farlan, Zealan, Rogena, Na…

Of all the reforms that Dallas ISD pushed through the political meat grinder in the past decade, one stands apart as the most effective in changing the educational opportunities for a large number of the poor and minority students the district serves — holding teachers accountable and reward…

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Of all the reforms that Dallas ISD pushed through the political meat grinder in the past decade, one stands apart as the most effective in changing the educational opportunities for a large number of the poor and minority students the district serves — holding teachers accountable and reward…

In November, I was banned in Boston after speech-squelchers on the left and right forced the cancellation of my lecture at Bentley University, a small private institution. The grassroots activists who had invited me were rejected by every major event venue in the nation’s purported Cradle of…

From the stories that I am hearing and the action I am seeing in the first month of the New Year, I believe our East Texas Agriculture is going to have a banner year if we are willing to do our part as producers and landowners. My view of the business that we are in (agriculture) is from a d…

There are debates underway at all levels of government — city, county, state and national governmental entities discussing money and taxes. This isn’t new, but the circumstances are somewhat different as these entities face the increasingly limited and declining funds. Taxpayers are certainl…

The new year is an opportunity for a new start. I once heard about a leader that regularly took a block of time in December to engage in planning and goal setting for the next year for his organization. The way our annual calendar is set up, it provides a vision for that. It is the end of th…

No one wants to see someone killed in a hail of gunfire, especially not in the driveway of the person’s grandmother. So when 27-year-old Schaston Hodge was shot and killed by Texas Department of Safety troopers on Aug. 17, questions were immediately raised about what happened and why. And th…

As everyone I have been fortunate enough to meet since I started working for the News Messenger in early September 2019 likely knows, I am not from Texas.

Puerto Rico is now dealing with the aftermath of a powerful 5.8 earthquake and equally powerful aftershocks. Casualties are low, and electrical power is slowly returning. But the quakes are just the latest natural disasters to cripple the U.S. commonwealth.

The increasing cost of living and the fact a vast majority of Louisiana residents favor a higher minimum wage justifies an increase in the existing $7.25 minimum, but it isn’t likely to happen. State legislators have rejected higher minimum wage bills over the last four years, and a newly el…

As I sat in Fred’s office listening to him speak, I could hear everything.It happens that way when Fred is speaking into a sensitive microphone and you’re wearing headphones.

The sails of Sen. Josh Hawley’s political skiff are filled with winds gusting from the right. They come from conservatives who think that an array of — perhaps most of — America’s social injuries, from addiction to loneliness — have been inflicted by America’s economy. Individualism, tendent…

We have witnessed many changes in our world over the last few years. Most of the changes that have brought us to the brink of economic, political and social disaster have a history that we should seriously consider. They have come from philosophers and theorists who have biographies and whos…

Here we are a week and a day into January 2020 and most would agree about “back to normal” (normal …in the dictionary…means average-regular or standard) and this is a place most of us would like to be. I trust you and yours are off to a good start in the New Year. The weather (until now) has…

Reasonable people will debate the likeliest ramifications of President Trump’s decision to order the killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the Revolutionary Guards Corps commander whose power in Iran was second only to that of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — and whose power in …

Here’s a New Year’s idea for Fort Worth’s elected officials and other leaders: Resolve to make public transportation a top planning priority for 2020 and beyond.

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released statements following a deadly shooting on Dec. 29 at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, a city of 16,000 people on the west side of Fort Worth.

Many high school students enter college uncertain of the career that they wish to pursue, and many of those who have a career path in mind forget that their passion might not pay the bills.

It is a New Year and we have many opportunities coming up to expand your knowledge on a multitude of subjects. Next week on Thursday, Jan. 16, there will be a wild pig abatement program in Linden

America’s apparently unstoppable gusher of mass Third World immigration is on track to deliver a sick, dystopian future, where some people will do very well — cheap maids and all — but women and children will fare quite poorly.

State Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Sulphur, said study commissions or task forces are often formed by the Legislature as a way to “kill” bills.

It’s been a challenging decade for leaders at Loyola University New Orleans, who have been intensely focused on fixing the financial problems that first surfaced in 2012. The Uptown New Orleans school turned a major corner recently when it was taken off temporary financial probation by its r…

Iran-backed Shiite militias have been firing missiles at American troops and military contractors in Iraq for six months now, and last week they finally killed one of the Americans. On Sunday, the United States retaliated against the militia responsible with five airstrikes in Syria and Iraq…

The new year has arrived, and with it comes a clean slate with infinite possibilities. Some people will resolve to start diet and exercise, and the gym will be filled with people working off the holiday pounds.

The new year began Wednesday, and here are three things we’d like to see happen before it ends:

I was never any good at football. I played because my dad had been a football star in high school. All-District and All-State, he was even offered a college scholarship.

With the New Year now the current year, we should be able to get some kind of “rhythm” to our days and weeks. I guess it is just me but with Christmas and New Years in the middle of the week my media deadlines have been a challenge but still a pleasure.

There are books in the world that I love. Many books are dear to my heart because they have stirred me in some way spiritually or intellectually. I began as a child reading books. My teachers encouraged me to read.

In once again demonstrating its mission of “doing the most good,” the local Salvation Army did its part to brighten the lives of youngsters with its annual Angel Tree program.

The list of anti-Semitic attacks in the New York area in December is appalling, a litany of hatred that calls out to be condemned and countered.

An eminent Lithuanian rabbi is annoyed that his yeshiva students devote their lunch breaks to playing soccer instead of discussing Torah. The students, intent on convincing their rav of the game’s beauty, invite him to watch a professional match. At halftime, they ask what he thinks.