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The public should always be wary of agenda items that exclude participation. And officials who call for closed meetings should remember that just because the doors can be closed doesn’t mean they have to be — use of the Open Meetings Act exemptions is a choice, not a legal requirement.

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It's never been easier getting your food delivered or groceries prepared. Among local services are DoorDash for food delivery, Instacart for grocery delivery, and Walmart's and Kroger's grocery pickup services. The services are meant to free up time otherwise spent waiting in lines or shoppi…

The mass shooting, and another just hours later in Dayton, Ohio, claimed more than 30 lives and shattered any illusion of public safety. The killings also reignited a national conversation about gun rights and gun control in America.

In reviving the rarely used federal death penalty, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday it would use the same lethal drug Texas uses in its executions. Ordering five executions in December and January, U.S. Attorney General William Barr told the federal prisons bureau to adopt a…

Honey Grove ISD's Board of Trustees is considering a new policy that would require students to turn their cellphones off during class and meal times. Honey Grove High School Principal Tammy Mariani favors the measure, saying as hard as teachers try to monitor what students are doing, student…

Prosecutors are right not to waste state resources and time on cases that can’t be proven. However, if Texas intends to keep marijuana on its list of illicit drugs, crime labs will need updated and lawmakers will need to provide that funding.

Texas remains one of the few states that maintains a system of partisan judicial selection. A tweet by Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this year signaled his willingness to support "an independent judiciary free from politics." Although Republicans continue to dominate the state's judiciary, Democr…

Thumbing our noses at the growing metroplex is not going to work much longer. We need cool heads to come to the table prepared to defend the will of the majority while also being prepared to find a mutually beneficial solution.

The Region C water board argues the growing Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex needs water, and it has continued to keep the controversial proposed Marvin Nichols reservoir in its 2022 water plan. Region D water board is steadfast in its opposition of the proposed reservoir that would cover parts o…

The Transportation Department is moving to relax federal regulations that require truckers to pull over, a long sought goal of the trucking industry. Interest groups that represent motor carriers and truck drivers have lobbied for revisions they say would make the rigid “hours of service” ru…

Iran on June 20 shot down an unmanned $100 million U.S. drone it said invaded its airspace. The U.S. government said the drone was over international airspace. President Donald Trump said the U.S. was "cocked and loaded" to strike back, but upon learning 150 people would likely die he called…

The Lamar County Appraisal District should fully research its options for growth, select the least expensive one that will meet its needs and a backup, then fully educate the entities it serves before handing them a proposal and saying please.

Never look a gift horse in the mouth, or so the old adage goes. That’s some advice educators and school boards might want to ignore as they celebrate the drying ink of the governor’s signature on House Bill 3.

A Federal Reserve survey in late May found that 40% of American adults wouldn't be able to cover a $400 emergency. A large portion, 27%, said they would need to borrow money or sell something to come up with the $400; 12% said they couldn't cover it all. The study also found 17% of adults ar…

Texas License Plumbers is calling for a June 14 rally in Austin for a special session to address the matter. Gov. Greg Abbott said he has the power to save the board without calling a special session. If that’s true, what is he waiting for?

Christians in Action is a homeless shelter, which houses about a dozen men and runs a free food, clothing and furniture store. It's primary method of funding, selling cardboard to China, is threatened by the nation's trade war. Consider giving to help the nonprofit out.

I appreciate the understanding and patience of our subscribers. Your tolerance in accepting late papers eased the burden on our carriers, who put up with crazy hours and long waits to receive bundles for their routes, so they could deliver them as efficiently as possible.

Memorial Day, born of Decoration Days to honor the nation’s fallen soldiers, is a somber day for the men and women who have given themselves to the service of their fellow Americans. For them, the day doesn’t just mark the start of summer. It’s a day to remember those who paid the ultimate p…

Too many drivers seem to ignore speed limit signs when they're present, let alone when they're not. There are differing default speed limits on Texas roadways lacking a sign, and some Lamar County residents say those limits are too high. According to state law, the speed limit on a state-num…

Graduates, with your diploma in hand, the future is yours. It is up to you to blaze a path toward good citizenship and personal fulfillment.

Twelve days, that’s all that’s standing between lawmakers and Sine Die. What does that mean for you? It means it’s time to pay attention because lawmakers will be working fast and furious to get their bills, and even some you thought were dead, through to the governor’s desk.

As Texas' electric demands continue to rise, Northeast Texas is attracting companies looking to set up solar energy farms. Several are currently working with school districts and local governments to reach payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, agreements (a tax break in exchange for guaranteed…

Simply put, this is a case of damned if you do, damned if you don’t. And because public safety is on the line, the city will opt for the former, and City Council likely will — and should — approve the permit ordinance.

The Downtown Food Pantry doesn’t exist to solve the underlying problems of food insecurity, but it is here to make sure Lamar County residents have a nutritious meal in their bellies, and that’s an effort worth supporting.

In return for supporting an increase in the hotel occupancy tax, voters should receive greater transparency in how the Love Civic Center’s funding is spent. It’s the voters’ center, even if visitors are footing the bill.

Gov. Greg Abbott is calling for the state's first sales tax increase in nearly 30 years, pushing it to 7.25%. That will tie Texas with California for the highest U.S. sales tax. Abbott hopes the new sales tax will help the Legislature deliver on promises of greater public education funding a…