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Thinking Out Loud

Time for a normal presidential candidate According to one pundit, the current crop of leaders-of-the-free-world-to-be all look like they just bit a pickle except Rubio. And he’s looking a little … more

Citizen supports new medical program

Dear Editor: There is truly an angel among us in the community of Fort Stockton, and her name is Rita Childs. When there is someone in need, Rita seems to find a way to make the situation one that … more

Memorable visit to Fort Stockton

Dear Editor, I’m writing to express how satisfying my New Year’s Eve was in Fort Stockton. I pulled into town for the night on my way home to Covington, LA, from Silver City, NM, where … more

Private property rights take center stage

If you are a citizen who believes in constitutional rights to private property, be prepared for outrage. I've included, verbatim, an excerpt from the Texas Utilities Code, Section 121.001 on a … more

Thinking Out Loud

Looking back on 2015 I swear, I tried to find positive news to look back on. January – It appears millionaire quarterback Tom Brady may have cheated in order to get to the SuperBowl. … more

Thinking Out Loud

True confessions to end the old year On occasion, if it’s in my head, it comes out of my mouth, but I actually do edit the things you see in this column a lot. I rework even more of what I … more

Thinking Out Loud

Considering Christmas, compact cars and kinfolk I don’t usually write date-oriented stories revolving around specific celebrations or holidays or anniversaries. Oh, not because I have anything … more

Thinking Out Loud

From terrorism to biscuits, it’s never simple We humans love handing out simple solutions, and I am no exception. Such as “stop watching the news.” Oh, don’t get me wrong, it will make you … more

Ag acts on drought, security challenges

As world leaders gather in Paris this week to negotiate a new global climate agreement, it is important to recognize the contributions of farmers, ranchers and foresters in the United States towards … more

Have we hit peak inequality?

When should we be alarmed about so much wealth in so few hands? When the richest 20 individuals alone own more wealth than the entire bottom half of the U.S. population? The Great Recession and … more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor, This letter is in reference to the "Feast of Sharing" held on Friday, Dec. 4, at the Civic Center in Fort Stockton. We would like to thank all of the sponsors, cooks, servers, Chief … more

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Tired of this adulting stuff now Being an adult is exhausting. Every time I hear a toddler pitching a cat fit in Walmart, the thought crosses my mind “How come I don’t get to do … more

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Hands off the water, big brother Did you grow up with big brothers? I did. Five of them all told, but in a blended family, but since I was on the trailing edge as ninth of ten kids, there were … more

Give thanks for rural health

Thursday, Nov. 19, is National Rural Health Day. On the Thursday before Thanksgiving each year, rural Americans give thanks for our health and the doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other providers who … more

Thinking out loud

Being happy is a choice and a challenge I think of myself as a rationally positive person. Why am I slapping the “rationally” part in there? Because honestly, the whole positive thinking … more

TPP doubles down on bad ideas

Re:  “Texas is U.S. export king—trade pact will keep it that way” by Michael Froman, Opinion, Nov. 1: Texas knows a thing or two about trade deficits. In fact, Texas ran a goods trade … more
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