Newspapers remain an important friend to many, and people want a strong newspaper because, as Community Newspapers Inc. co-founder Dink NeSmith is fond of saying, “Strong newspapers build strong communities.”
With just 45 words the founders guaranteed five — no six — basic freedoms, fundamental American rights.
Governments respond to problems as policymakers see them. And sometimes — homelessness appears to be a case — the solutions only address what's visible to politicians and their voters.
Not in my wildest dreams did I realize what a treat was in store for me when I received a call from Dr. A.J. Hashmi inviting me to come by his office to listen to a couple of young men from Pakistan play Christian music.
There have so far been two hearings in the House Democrats’ effort to impeach President Donald Trump over the Ukraine matter. Both have been held in secret.
I am collecting doctors like some children collect Pokemon cards.
I love fall. I’ve loved fall everywhere I’ve ever lived, not that there are that many different places in my personal roadmap.
There’s an old Chinese curse which translates (roughly) into “may you live in interesting times.” While I wouldn’t go so far as to say we’ve been cursed, these times could certainly be called interesting.
Peter and I are packing for our annual trip again.
In a stunning portrait of justice married with mercy, the Guyger case has drawn to a close.
The Major League Baseball regular season ended last week, and with the Texas Rangers on the outside of the playoffs looking in, the team has played its final game in Globe Life Park, its home for more than 20 years.
With the resignation of John Godwin on Aug. 19, the Paris City Council has hired Baker Tilly to do the replacement search for a new city manager. His resignation came after complaints about his management style led the council to consider terminating his contract. As Paris chooses a city man…
I was perusing social media last weekend when I stumbled across a friend’s post making disparaging remarks about Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swiss environmental activist who’s been vocal in the global climate change conversation. The post, I’m assuming, was meant to be humorous, and the …
Norris Ballard's family, friends, former students and business associates all are feeling a void now after his passing a week ago following a 10-year battle with Parkinson’s.
I usually read at least a couple of books at a time, in addition to browsing around the internet. I have a book on my bedside table and a book in my purse, almost always.
The state of California recently passed the Fair Play to Pay Act, signed by governor Gavin Newsom and supported NBA superstar LeBron James. The new law allows student athletes at the collegiate level to make profit off their name, public image and likeness.
Pelosi’s pandering — or power grab — aside, if Trump has nothing to hide, he has nothing to lose by being transparent.
I realized that I might be a late bloomer — a little late, naturally.
It was a mixed bag for the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. Between miscues by seemingly every member of the Cowboys’ offense, coupled with some truly stalwart defense from the New Orleans Saints, it seemed like absolutely nothing went right for the team on offense.
Obviously, not everyone in the world, this country, or reading this column is a religious believer. But those of us who call ourselves Christian owe it to truth and to our neighbors of all persuasions to live in hope, and to show others what hope means.
Payless ShoeSource. GameStop. Family Dollar. With Forever 21 now joining the growing list of closing brick-and-mortar retail stores, global research firm Coresight Research warns the nation is on course to see 12,000 store closures by the end of 2019 as a result of changing consumer tastes, …
Lunchtime discussion Tuesday with my fellow Kiwanians took a political turn as we talked about today’s youth and their perceived acceptance and misunderstanding of socialism. Amid the usual head shaking of an older generation’s disapproval of a younger generation’s point of view, I chimed in…
“Cheddar makes everything better.” Isn’t that what the American Dairy Board told us in 1991?
Aristotle once wrote that women have fewer teeth than men. For years, that was held up as proof that one of the smartest men who ever lived was actually an idiot.
I am ready for fall already, I am ready for cooler days, I am ready to walk out of the house in the morning and stop for a moment in the doorway to wonder if maybe I should duck back in and grab a jacket.
I suppose the next question is, which way will the known feckless among the squishy Republicans turn. Once there’s blood in the water, it doesn’t take long for the tepid and timid to either swap sides, or duck and bolt for cover.
What do Saudi drone strikes have to do with Paris, Texas? Well, Lamar County — along with the rest of the country — is seeing a spike in gas prices largely due to “mounting tensions and violence in the Middle East.”
‘The septic guy can’t find the cover, call him” was the message. I’ve been getting a lot of messages like this since I decided to put my 100-plus-year-old farmhouse up for sale.
Over the weekend, I got caught up on “The Good Place” — one of my current favorite TV shows — when I binged the third season, which was recently uploaded to Netflix.
Catholic schools have been closing, and we see the deterioration in our culture. Let’s do everything we can to ensure families have access to the good ones in operation.
The availability of gainful employment is a major factor for area growth, and industrial diversity can help a community weather economic ups and downs. Although pay, stability and company size differ from industry to industry, it takes a mixture to service the needs of an area's population. …
Public employees and the newspapers that cover them have a love-hate relationship. If I’ve learned anything in this job, it’s that public officials, newspapers and their communities are never stronger than when they work together.
Repeated mass shootings can change officials' minds about their policy stances. After recent massacres, Texas politicians and officeholders are talking about guns in new ways.
Business leaders, gathered in support of the economic engine’s need for autonomy over industrial incentives of less than $400,000, gave a big round of applause when directors voted, without discussion, to name the park in Stalling’s honor.
Americans need to know the lengths to which the nation’s law enforcement and intelligence agencies went in pursuit of the theory that Russia and the Trump campaign conspired to fix the presidential election.
Why should I let 18-year-olds who still have plenty of hair make all the money?
There’s been too much going on this week for me to make one cohesive column, so I offer some random thoughts.
Today is the 18th day of September, a month in which we here in Paris see, on average, about 4 and a half inches of rain. So far this month, we have had no measurable rain — zero, zip, nada, squat.
In any deal with the devil, no matter what was said during the negotiations, you will always be the junior partner, and as soon as you become inconvenient, you will inevitably discover what the last batch — in the last century — learned the hard way.
Well, folks, I decided to make things official and sign up for a race. I’m running a half marathon in December, and I’m happy (?) about it.
Peter put coffee in the coffeemaker, pressed the “start” button and only then did he take a good look at the bag. “DECAF” it read. “Oh no!”
On paper, the Dallas Cowboys have one of the best offenses in the entire NFL. And though the season is still young, the team’s offense has performed up to those expectations thus far.
AURIESVILLE, New York — "This ... is a cri de coeur, a cry from the heart,” writes Bishop Robert Barron in his “Letter to a Suffering Church.” “I am a lifelong Catholic, and I’ve been a priest for 33 years and a bishop for four years. I have dedicated my life to the Church. The sexual abuse …
Health insurance does not equal health care. How care is paid for is the challenge, not access to care.
Universal health care is in the best interest of Texas. Affordable health care is a top priority for voters.
As vaping falls under a federal spotlight while health authorities look into hundreds of breathing illnesses reported in people who have used e-cigarettes and other vaping devices, states have or are considering enacting statewide bans of flavored vaping products. Do you support bans, such a…
As a father of five, I appreciate the desire to protect children from the ways of the world, but I view in-game purchases as an opportunity to teach my children how to be financially responsible.
Add a word to the Republican vocabulary in Texas: November. After two decades of GOP dominance, the party's candidates are still winning, but they can't safely assume that they've got an election in the bag after they win the GOP's March primaries.
There’s not a more fun way to contribute than by helping decide who gives the most entertaining karaoke performance Saturday afternoon. See you at Paris Ford Mercury and join me for a corn dog.
A Trump defeat, should there be one, would be the result of Trump himself, and not his GOP opponents. Separately or as a whole, today’s challengers are simply not on the level of the Kennedys, Reagan or Buchanan.