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…

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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.

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 …

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A most appreciated and unexpected early Christmas gift came my way last Thursday afternoon when I received a phone call from longtime friend Dr. Randall Groom, Extension Livestock Specialist retired and one of the most innovative cattlemen I have ever known.

A new Star Wars movie has come to the big screens this Christmas. For many years since the first Star Wars saga emerged before Christmas there have been several different dramas depicting the vastness and dynamics of those great distances and stars in space.

In the history of politics, there is no precedent for the media’s entire focus to be on undoing the last presidential election.

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” [Acts 4:12]

There are eras in history, like the 1950s, when older people set the cultural and moral terms for the young. And there are eras, like the 1960s, when it’s the other way around.

Hurting people are everywhere this Christmas. Tragedy, divorce, separation and death are found any direction we look. Two weeks ago some dear friends lost their 16-year-old daughter suddenly and tragically. How can we celebrate the joy of the season when all we feel is hurt? How can we enjoy…

We live in a critical hour in our nation and world. We need focus in facing the terrible trials and awesome lies constantly assaulting each one of us individuals, our families and our institutions. We are watching shameful betrayal. As you likely know I’m primarily concerned that Christians …