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Remember: Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, and just as you would turn to a doctor to treat a heart condition, turn to a professional to treat your mind.

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This year’s Black Friday was the biggest ever for online sales, as fewer people hit the stores and shoppers rang up $7.4 billion in transactions from their phones, computers and tablets. Small Business Saturday also smashed records with $3.6 billion in online sales, according to Adobe Analyt…

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There is much in this world and in our own community bemoan — hunger, homelessness, poverty. But there is much more to celebrate — fellowship, help, action and organizations.

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A NPR/PBS News Hour/Marist poll last week found "the overwhelming majority of Americans across parties say nothing they hear in the (impeachment) inquiry (of President Donald Trump) will change their minds on impeachment." The poll found that half of Americans approve of the inquiry, and res…

The census is critical for federal, state and local governments because they use the data for redistricting and appropriating funds as well as determining the number of seats Texas will be allotted in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

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The census is critical for federal, state and local governments because they use the data for redistricting and appropriating funds as well as determining the number of seats Texas will be allotted in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Investigators are human. Our judicial system is not perfect. Admission of error in Gonzales’ case and the delay of Reed’s sentence to review the new information are the right calls, and show the system is working.

Republican Rep. Gary VanDeaver of New Boston has announced he will seek re-election to the Texas House, and he has received endorsement from Gov. Greg Abbott. VanDeaver represents District 1, which includes Bowie, Lamar, Franklin and Red River counties. He is a retired school superintendent …

After a year of fundraising, the Roxton Friends of Chaparral Rails to Trails met its $25,000 goal for part of a Texas Department of Transportation matching grant.

Although most young Americans believe in the value of higher education, many still consider a high school diploma alone to be enough for success, according to a survey of teens and young adults by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Federal labor data shows a wide e…

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson designated Nov. 11 as Armistice Day to honor the veterans who fought in the Great War. After WWII and the Korean War, Congress amended the commemoration by changing the word “armistice” to “veterans.”

Children in the foster care system have already had it tough. State officials need to get their act together and formulate a plan that complies with the court’s orders and puts the best interest of the children in its care first.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a speech last month at Georgetown University said free expression is the foundation for Facebook's refusal to take down factually incorrect political advertisements. Those who agree say Facebook shouldn't be a free-speech moderator, regardless of how true an a…

When we think of childhood obesity, we tend to picture Willy Wonka’s heaviest visitor, Augustus Gloop, the first child booted from the chocolate factory after he fell into the Chocolate River while trying to drink from it. Gloop was a lazy child who binged on sweets — he always had candy in …

The American Academy of Pediatrics is now saying some severely obese preteens should be considered for weight loss surgery. The guidance is based on a review of medical evidence, including several studies showing that surgery in teens can result in marked weight loss lasting at least several…

There are no shortage of opportunities in the Red River Valley in which to give a little of your time to help shape the future. Pick a nonprofit. Pick a service club. Answer a community need.

The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, forecasts that holiday sales will rise between 3.8% and 4.2% even as uncertainty looms over an escalating trade war with China. Nearly 80% of consumers surveyed for the NRF in September were concerned that prices could …

Downtown Paris is a torn-up mess. Many of the city’s residential areas have properties that long ago fell into disrepair. Less than half of Loop 286 has been developed, and the greatest concentration of that development has happened on the north side of it.

Developing an area or managing a city's growth takes an all-around approach — it takes a thriving business sector to offer jobs to attract and retain people, who also need homes in which to live. It can be a frustrating process as work is prioritized. If you were in charge of Paris' growth a…

October is not just for the oranges and blacks or Halloween or the rustic palette of fall. Since 1985, the traditionally spooky month goes pink to highlight awareness of and fighting another fear: breast cancer.

Shoppers have never had so much information available to them about the products they want and need as they have today thanks to the internet. But the rise of e-commerce had an unfortunate side effect — foot traffic to brick-and-mortar retailers fell off, and that has led to today’s retail a…

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, …

While it’s good news that Texas has a low rate of drug overdose deaths, the bad news is there’s still overdose deaths, made all the worse in the fact that it’s a preventable cause of death.

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. …

County and Paris Fire Department officials should reach a one-year agreement, call it a test run, so county residents don’t have to hope that should their house catch fire, it will do so at night when the most number of volunteers will be available.

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…

It’s been 18 years since an act of violence changed this nation forever. Nineteen men hijacked airplanes in our skies, and then terrorized a nation while claiming the lives of 2,977 others.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now investigating. Until it can determine what’s causing the illnesses, the consensus is people should stay away from vaping.

Supporting the organizations ready to tackle the issue of homelessness is the United Way of Lamar County, which this year seeks to raise $500,000 to support 25 partner agencies. Consider making a donation.

Some area cities, like Reno and Deport, no longer permit mobile or manufactured homes within city limits. Those that allow them, like Bogata and Cooper, do so through a permitting process. Paris also allows them, but only in designated parks. Proponents say the homes are more affordable than…

Lamar County commissioners last week considered a $200,000 proposal by Paris Fire Chief Mike Vogel to have four Paris Fire Department firefighters ready to assist Lamar County’s volunteer fire departments in fighting structure fires. County Judge Brandon Bell said “I think it’s too expensive…

In a day and age when schools start far earlier in the year than they once did and when there continues to be record heat, it’s reasonable to ask why the school district isn’t putting its air-conditioned activity school buses on regular routes, at least until the heat breaks.

This is the second year that Texas has awarded letter grades to school districts and the first year for schools, replacing a previous pass/fail system. (Schools last year received numeric scores that could easily be translated into grades.) The grades are intended to represent students’ acad…