Last Monday, David Axelrod, former senior advisor to President Obama, expressed an important worry about current investigations of President Donald Trump — one that resonates with a rhetorical concern for Democrats that I have expressed in recent op-eds.
A man called my home on Dec. 6 and said he was calling from Medicare. He said he wanted to verify my new number as Medicare card numbers had changed, no longer displaying the Social Security number on the front.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
After the Sharpstown fraud and bribery scandal rocked the Texas Capitol in the early 1970s, Texans opted to “throw the rascals out” and elect a reform-minded Legislature to clean up the mess.
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…
I was editing my forthcoming book, “A Birders Guide to the State Parks of Texas,” when I recalled a pleasant and successful trip Jackie and I had in 1994 to Goliad State Park.
My afternoon nap was interrupted by the dinging of the doorbell and the savage response of our miniature Australian Shepherd as she ran to the front door in a rage.
The word raptor comes from the Latin “rareres” which means “take by force”; and if you have ever seen an eagle strike its prey in mid-air, you will understand what take by force means.
This Week's Circulars
Deanna Lou Simmons of Terrell, Texas was born Jan. 3, 1937 in Royse City, Texas to Dean and Opal (Howell) Wester. She went to be with our Lord and Savior on Jan. 19, 2021 at the age of 84. Deanna graduated from Royse City High School in 1955, then moved to Mesquite to raise her family for ap…
- Serious COVID-19 cases increase in Rockwall County
- Prison sentence handed down in double homicide case
- Royse City plans to Celebrate Freedom
- Prison sentence issued in Royse City double homicide case
- Fate awarded grant for local park
- Sentencing scheduled in 2019 double homicide
- More than half of county fully vaccinated against COVID-19
- Suspect in 2020 drug bust pleads guilty to reduced charge
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