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Texas and the U.S. are currently enjoying the lowest unemployment rates in five decades as interest rates remain low and the Federal Reserve has announced it will keep its benchmark short-term interest rate unchanged in coming months. Despite risks from slower overseas growth and trade tensi…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

I was looking at your picture tonight, Mother. It was taken when you were young and beautiful. You know, the picture that hung in the photographer's window on the square downtown all during World War II.

It is a bit disingenuous of Sen. John Cornyn to blame the House impeachment inquiry for the failure of his prescription drug bill by the Republican-controlled Senate when over 400 bills actually passed by the House of Representatives are stalled by Sen. Mitch McConnell...

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…

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…

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 …

I dream of my favorite dogs in a happier place hunting as they did and my ancestors that have gone on before. I also hope for the “burning hell” to punish those that didn’t get their punishment on Earth.

How nice would it be for our leaders and others to refrain from using vocabulary that had to be bleeped by television so that everyone could hear what they were saying.

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…

As you all may have noticed, there were a few more motorcycles than your used to. I want to say thank you to all the businesses that supported Adam Sandival’s dream and vision. You all were great.

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, …

The efforts of local Republicans to refute my statements about President Donald Trump’s corruption are based on false or misleading information. Let’s look at the facts.

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. …

If Trump wanted to “profit” from his position as president, he could simply accept the $400,000 presidential salary he has refused rather than concerning himself with $136 per night hotel stays.

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…

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…

Why is it the City Council doesn’t want to tell why they removed the city manager from office, and if he did something wrong, why does he get a reward for leaving?

I have to admit, after reading last Monday’s Paris News poll question, I was plain flummoxed. I couldn’t decide if the disconnect was in the foundation of the question, or the presumption of deriving any kind of a meaningful answer.

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…

I commend Allan Hubbard for his Aug. 19 article distinguishing spiritual issues from genuine mental illness. I believe the difference to be both real and complicated.