LONDON — The poet Rupert Brooke voiced the exhilaration of those Britons who welcomed the war in 1914 as a chance to escape monotonous normality, “as swimmers into cleanness leaping.” They got four years mired in Flanders’ mud. In a 2016 referendum, Britons voted, 52 percent to 48 percent, f…

One of the world’s most successful brands committed ideological hara-kiri this week. Recognized around the world as a symbol of manly civility for more than a century, Gillette will now be remembered as the company that did itself in by sacrificing a consumer base at the altar of progressivism.

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One of the world’s most successful brands committed ideological hara-kiri this week. Recognized around the world as a symbol of manly civility for more than a century, Gillette will now be remembered as the company that did itself in by sacrificing a consumer base at the altar of progressivism.

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The Texas Legislature is meeting and we all need to carefully follow what is going on in Austin during these critical times. Anytime the legislature is in session there will be changes in many areas and we should follow what our elected officials and the Austin bureaucrats are doing.

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are furloughed and out of work currently as President Donald Trump and our congressional representatives argue over funding for a border wall. Federally-funded programs, parks and museums are closed. Other programs have essential workers, like borde…

There are many books in the world that I love. I own many books that are dear to my heart. They have stirred me in some way; they have moved me spiritually or intellectually. I began as a child reading books. My teachers encouraged me to read. They enriched my intellectual life by insisting …

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 consider. They have come from philosophers and theorists who have biographies and whose ideas ha…

There was war! Taxes were increasing! Rome and paganism rules all the world. Men were enslaved. The world was dark with hate and wrong. The Pax Romana was real, but it was not real peace. Fear was everywhere and hate seemed to rule.

For more than six years, Marshall has been trying to determine what to do about its antiquated, 50-year-old animal shelter. Several years ago, I visited the shelter in Marshall myself. In my position as the Texas Senior State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, I have visit…

A hearty THUMBS UP for the many area residents who volunteered their time, donated to local charities and otherwise helped make sure no one was left out of Christmas joy, whether it was delivering hams to first responders or delivering Christmas gifts to children in need.

One of the biggest and oldest boys’ clubs in the state — the Texas Senate — will open its 86th regular session in less than three weeks with one of its senators facing unresolved questions about inappropriate advances on a graduate student. State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, faces …

In the wild, some dominant males of certain species kill or eat the younger members of the group — gorillas, lions and polar bears come to mind.

If businesses only knew how much it means to their customers when a follow up call is made the following day to the patient. There is more than one profession in our town that provides such a service, the one in particular that I am thinking of is a medical type service and I know of no one …

The story of Gideon is found in the Old Testament book of Judges (chapters 6-8). Gideon became Israel’s hero, saving his people from the Midianites. Gideon and a small group of 300 faithful followers, each carrying a trumpet and a jar with a burning torch inside, surrounded the Midianites ar…

WASHINGTON — In the hierarchy of pleasures, schadenfreude ranks second only to dry martinis at dusk, so conservatives are enjoying Harvard’s entanglement with two things it has not sufficiently questioned — regulatory government and progressive sentiment. The trial that recently ended in Bos…

AUSTIN — More than 8.3 million of Texas’ 15.8 million registered voters cast ballots in the Nov. 6 general election, as shown in results posted by the secretary of state.

There are two issues I’d like to address. First, I’d like to express my gratitude to our Elections Administrator Mike McMurry for his stellar service. Mike works tirelessly to provide fair, smooth elections and is to be commended for graciously taking harsh and undeserved criticism from quar…

There are a lot of things to consider when culling your herd, emotion is not one of them. I was brought up by a father that believed the best way to save money, was not to spend it, and never keep a female (regardless of age) if she missed a calf. It is difficult to “update” some of your lea…

For some people, there is great danger in thinking. They don’t like to strain themselves intellectually or emotionally. Politics have been much on people’s minds lately for a number of reasons. Obviously, people have been thinking about the political trends in the country, and they have spok…

With the exciting 40-30 win over Jacksonville, the Bobcats evened their record at 4-4. It was our 10th win over the Indians in 24 games, including two forfeits in 2005 and 2006. The win helped us in the playoffs both of those years.

As this is being written (in part) late Monday afternoon, we have enjoyed another beautiful cool but not cold, clear day. The water is going into the soil if we can keep more rain from falling next Wednesday, but you will know that by the time this is being read.

The misery manifest across the globe in Honduras, Argentina, Greece, North Korea, many parts of Africa should cause us to think about the reasoning of Marxian Socialists. We must think about what is being advocated and the persistence of those who are leading us. What should be done? Marx ar…

The civil rights movement gave millions of people a new share in the American Dream. Tragically, many violent crimes committed against black families struggling for equality during this time remain unsolved.

Halloween is just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you have to be spooked by the sweets your child will be consuming. With preparation and help from Healthy Texas’ Dinner Tonight, you can ensure that your child makes smart, healthy choices this Halloween.

Texas State Technical College went out on a limb a few years ago in a joint venture with the state to implement a new funding formula unique from all other public colleges and universities in the state.

With the weather more settled and the moisture situation taken care of, we can get along toward Thanksgiving. A lot of cattleman and hay producers would like to get either winter grazing seed planted or standing hay baled. We can accomplish that by mid to late November in most years here in …

It may seem only weeks ago we voted in the May elections, but the time has come once again for Harrison County residents to stand up, be counted and let their voices be heard.

Wise, old, honest Abe famously said of the United States, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” At the time, our 16th president was speaking of the Civil War, the great conflict that was turning father against son and brother against brother, slowly killing our great nation from the…

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