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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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.

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…