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After digesting a transcript of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s appearance in Dallas last week, at which Abbott outlined a 40-point “action plan” for reducing gun violence in general and school shootings in particular, we’re still not sure how serious Abbott is about addressing the issue.

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PALESTINE — In the spring of 1997, my future brother-in-law and I drove through Detroit’s east side en route to his mother’s house. We passed blocks laced with vacant houses and abandoned buildings, some so hollowed out that brush and trees had reclaimed them.

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My wife and I were blessed this year with our first child – our beautiful daughter Charlotte. What will I say to her when she starts attending public schools? How can I look her in the face and say that, realistically, she could get murdered at school, and we had a chance to do something to …

On August 28, 2017, I attended the august board meeting of the Rockwall Central Appraisal District.  The posted agenda for this meeting said nothing about a “public hearing” to take input from citizens concerning the Appraisal District budget.

If you’ve read some of my recreational writing in one of the fine Herald-Banner publications over the last eight years or so, you probably know I speak in clichés — fluently, I might add.

In my last column, I wrote about my upcoming 60th Taylor Family Reunion and how I hoped it would be the most memorable yet. Well, that it was. But not for the reasons any of us had hoped.

I believe Johnny Cash sang it best with the famous lyrics, “bad news travels like wildfire, good news travels slow.”

Near 1104 A.D., many historians agree that Venice, Italy, began its transformation into one of the most flourishing economies of its day. Its famed shipyard could produce a complete seaworthy ship within one day, whereas typical shipyards could produce the same in three months. These ships w…

WASHINGTON — In his 72 years, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, who was raised in segregated Richmond, Virginia, acknowledges that he has seen much change, often for the better, including advances in the 1960s. But in his elegant new memoir, “…

“Habits are powerful, but delicate. They can emerge outside our consciousness, or can be deliberately designed. They often occur without our permission, but can be reshaped by fiddling with their parts. They shape our lives far more than we realize — they are so strong, in fact, that they ca…

There are days that I could moan and groan about how the acts and attitudes of others affect me personally and my ability to perform my duties as a reporter for this fine publication.

The arrow of time advances and with it many lives come and go, but 2016 seemed to take more than give...especially in its waning days. The news was filled with the passing of so many talented people that hardly a day went by that a famous entertainer wasn’t eulogized by the media. 

After enduring eight long years of President Obama’s disastrous policies and facing the prospect of four years of Hillary Clinton perpetuating those policies, my Christmas wish came early when the American people rose up and made it clear we are ready for a new direction.  

“Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language,” says Dale Carnegie, author of “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” Of course, he was encouraging us to remember the names of those that we meet. One could argue that our name, or id…

By the time people read this, Thanksgiving will be over.  The wonderful dinner eaten last Thursday will be leftovers long gone. Turkey, steak, ham — the glorious main dish in the center of the table became the main meat on a sandwich. And the accompanying sides — dressing, green beans, sweet…

Millions of Americans who flocked to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots on the opposite sides of a national political tug-of-war have more in common than they think.

Ordinarily we would expect to be found on the Republican side in most elections. The national Democratic Party has drifted so far to the left and tends to offer so little in the way of new ideas that we — and most Texans — don’t tend to feel at home there.

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