Come Aug. 31, tens of thousands of high school football fans who’ve been in countdown mode since championship games last December will fill stadiums across Texas, cheering for their favorite teams.
The media wanted last August’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville to be the next “Bridge to Selma,” an iconic civil rights moment honored by the entire country every year. All week, there were excited announcements of the coming anniversary this past Sunday.
The average American throws away nearly 275 pounds of food each year. The USDA estimates between 30 to 40 percent of America’s food supply is wasted. Not only is good food wasted, but good money as well. This equals about $390 per year per person. While no one should eat unsafe food, conside…
WASHINGTON — When I look at what seems to have become our national “conversation” on the press, it appears that every level of journalism has devolved into such an endless barrage of insults and calumny that I want to flee to some quiet, hidden place, safe from the very give-and-take I have …
Once upon a time, when Al Gore invented it, the Internet was a rutted dirt road that got you where you wanted to go as long as you knew DOS (disk operating system). Now you pay extra for “high speed” access, and a handful of major players essentially control the toll roads at rush hour—which…
WASHINGTON — Governments, seemingly eager to supply their critics with ammunition, constantly validate historian Robert Conquest: The behavior of any bureaucratic organization can best be understood by assuming that it is controlled by a secret cabal of its enemies. Consider North Carolina’s…
In Washington in the 1990s, it was a sure bet that whenever conservative journalists and activists got together, the conversation turned to the Clintons, Kenneth Starr and the Whitewater investigation. There was a good bit of what one editor memorably called “hush-hush and heavy breathing” w…
Have you seen the Nature Valley (the granola bar people) ad out of Canada? It has been making the social-media rounds lately, because it seems to capture something that is well within our power to fix. It portrays different generations of families talking about their childhoods. Scripted or …
WASHINGTON — Scholars have already debated for decades, and will debate for centuries, the role U.S. policies — military, diplomatic, economic —played in bringing the Cold War to endgame and the Soviet Union to extinction. One milestone was Ronald Reagan’s 1983 Strategic Defense Initiative p…
Roger Summers, one of the all-time great writers for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, has long had a way with words. My late mother would have said he “wrote a blue streak.” In retirement, he still takes spells of prolific writing between periods of “hibernation.” (Or maybe it’s the other way around.)
From cold brew to kombucha, the tea category has certainly expanded in recent years for innovation and creativity. As more consumers turn to specialty tea as their beverage of choice, you’ll want to review your offerings and update as necessary.
“For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation… If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us (Peter and the Jews) when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I (Peter) that I could stand in God’s way? When they (the Jews) heard this they fell silent. And the…
In his poem “A Hundred Collars,” Robert Frost tells about two wary strangers who were forced to share a hotel room in a Vermont hamlet. One was a bookish professor and the other a gregarious salesman. After a strained conversation, the professor crawled into his bed fully clothed, not even r…
“Adoption is a beautiful thing. But it is also a terrifying thing. It is a maddening thing. It is a mystifying thing.” Emily Stimpson Chapman was writing about the woman who would make her dream of being a mother come true.
“Join me on Team ‘18,” Barack Obama wrote in a recent fundraising email from his old political group, Organizing for Action. “Every election, every ballot measure, every conversation between now and November ... it all matters.”
Rodney Daingerfield took great delight in self-deprecation, striving always to be regarded as the least respected guy on the planet. The late comedian played it to the hilt, laughing all the way to the bank.
Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel … Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.” (Mark 1:15, 38)
Most of us know the feeling of chopping up onions and the watering and burning in your eyes. Sometimes you wonder, are onions really worth the tears? The answer is yes.
Presidents, since the nation’s founding, have at times disparaged the press for reporting news and expressing opinions they find uncomfortable or unfavorable.
After all the wailing about the children streaming across our wide-open, wall-less border, there was very little media interest in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday on this very subject. Knowing facts could interfere with their showboating displays of compassion.
LOS ANGELES — November’s congressional elections will decide which party will control a narcoleptic institution that is uninterested in performing fundamental functions: Only 43 of the 535 House and Senate seats — 10 in the Senate, 33 in the House — are occupied by legislators who were servi…
The question “which side are you on?” was posed in song in 1931 by Florence Reese, the wife of a United Mine Workers union organizer in Harlan County, Kentucky. Ten years later, The Almanac Singers, featuring Pete Seeger, popularized it. In the depths of the Great Depression, and the war yea…
From time to time, I’ve been catching up with a Republican strategist who is trying to help the GOP keep control of the House in this November’s midterm elections. It’s been an up-and-down ride.
Besides all the usual froth, hyperbole and mudslinging that we tend to feature in our election seasons, the one now approaching – We’re only 100 days out from the midterms! – could be a rather clarifying exercise for that now tiresome phrase, “who we are as Americans.”
WASHINGTON — For three months in 1917, Leon Trotsky lived in the Bronx, just south of the congressional district where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently defeated a 10-term incumbent in a Democratic primary. Because she calls herself a democratic socialist, the word “socialism” is thrilling p…
WASHINGTON — It is said you can know the economic impact of the government’s policies by listening carefully to its critics, and that’s especially true with President Trump’s tariff taxes on trade.
“He ‘takes after’ his dad,” old-timers used to say about young boys in their formative years. I didn’t hear the expression often, because much of whom the late T. J. Newbury was, I wasn’t.
The city of New York released thousands of documents from the 1989 Central Park rape case last week, provoking more weeping and gnashing of teeth over Donald Trump’s full-page ads in four New York newspapers taken out soon after that attack with the headline:
It’s a symptom of our time that a tape of the future president of the United States discussing machinations related to an alleged affair with a former Playboy Playmate isn’t truly a blockbuster.
Years ago, I remember sitting in our family room watching a so-called Christian Television Program. The star of the show announced one of his future crusades by calling people to come “expecting a miracle.” The dictionary defines a miracle as a supernatural event.
This Week's Circulars
- Weatherford police investigating robbery
- Council votes down chicken ordinance
- Woman arrested after stabbing
- Pregnant woman who was shot in the head dies
- Large, indoor adventure park coming to Hudson Oaks
- WP official on water well woes: 'We will solve the problem'
- TEA releases accountability scores
- Red Adair once extinguished a raging gas well fire near Weatherford
- Three arrested in connection with armed robbery Friday
- Orscheln Farm & Home names Weatherford manager