WASHINGTON — “I am a classically trained engineer,” says Rep. Will Hurd, a Texas Republican, “and I firmly believe in regression to the mean.” Applying a concept from statistics to the randomness of today’s politics is problematic. In any case, Hurd, 42, is not waiting for the regression of …

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As I was looking through my library recently, I came across my old copy of “The Double Log Cabin.” In thumbing through the ancient volume, I thought about the legacy left by the author G. A. Holland.

What happened to our culture? Why is reality ignored? Where are those who are able to think critically about issues without being offended?

Ever come across a situation — however minor — that activates curiosity? Responding to minutia I often uncovered in youthful years, my old mother often said, “It don’t amount to a hill of beans.”

The borders of the United States have expanded considerably since independence was declared. As the nation grew, newer and more detailed maps were needed so the country could plan ahead and utilize the landscape and resources available. Gen. William Emory, an army cartographer, was a vital p…

With all the rancor in politics these days, the CNN/New York Times Democratic debate on Tuesday night delivered a rare moment of comity: Twelve Democrats agreed, apparently without compensation, to appear in a Donald Trump ad.

Want to earn back those dollars you’re throwing in the garbage? Fortunately, the food waste dilemma is solvable. And while the problem must be addressed at every sector of the food system — from farm to retailer to restaurant to municipality and your home, there are plenty of ways that famil…

A lot of us are faced with the impossible. We may have what seems to be impossible debts, physical illnesses, human relationships and vocational pressures.

Presidents and presidential candidates try to manipulate public opinion whenever they consider press coverage embarrassing, unhelpful or worse.

Not long ago, House Republicans complained that Democrats imposed excessive secrecy on interviews conducted as part of the drive to impeach President Trump. Now, the situation appears to have gotten worse.

Recall that last week I provided a number of examples to show that partisan rancor in Washington has been the rule, not the exception, in our country’s history. The story of America, as it has unfolded over the last 243 years, has been a tumultuous one. 

What you don’t know can hurt you. There are times when ignorance will lead you to ruin. The most damaging ignorance concerns one’s soul. Jesus said, “Fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” And, “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will f…

For many, fall events such as Halloween and fall festivals are times to wear costumes, go trick-or-treating, attend parties with friends and eat sweet treats. Fall celebrations are a chance to not only have fun, but also provide healthy snack options and be physically active with family and …

Bessie Coleman had said as a child that she wanted to make something of herself. For an African-American at the turn of the century, there were few opportunities. With the invention of airplanes, she found her calling as the first African-American woman to become a pilot. As a famous stunt p…

One of the most important capabilities that we have as human beings is the capacity to change our minds. When used carefully, the ability to change our minds is a gift of grace that frees us from bondage and opens our lives to the future. Where would we be today if we had been locked into so…

At the heart of every individual or institution are values that guide decision-making and inform actions. These core values in time manifest themselves in decisions that shape and define both leaders and institutions. At Weatherford College, we desire to do more than simply produce students …

Ray Hildebrand, who wrote and sang “Hey, Paula” with college classmate Jill Jackson in 1963, admits to being “older than dirt,” but quickly adds that he’s still “kicking up dust,” despite entering his 80th year a few weeks hence.

WASHINGTON – The power of the press rests in the ability of journalists to hold government accountable, to mobilize public opinion on matters that are important to individuals, communities or the nation, and to provide necessary information of value.

There have so far been two hearings in the House Democrats’ effort to impeach President Donald Trump over the Ukraine matter. Both have been held in secret. One was last Thursday, the other Friday, and the public does not know what was said in either. Two more are scheduled for this week, an…

Little did Dr. James Naismith know when he invented the game of basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1891 that, more than a century hence, it would become beholden to its Chinese overlords.

SEOUL, South Korea — In 1950, when Han Sung-joo was 10, shrapnel from an artillery shell lodged in his hip. This happened as Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s troops, fresh from the bold Incheon landing, were retaking this city — it would be lost and retaken again — after North Korea’s June invasion.…

Once upon a time, having a job at a newspaper meant working in one of the most imposing buildings in town, inhaling the acrid aroma of fresh ink and the dusty breath of cheap newsprint and feeling mini-earthquakes under our feet every time the presses started to roll. For those of us old eno…

Caregivers invest so much time and effort into the lives of their care recipients that they often neglect themselves. Feelings of guilt and a sense of helplessness may cause significant stress in the life of a caregiver causing an inability to function properly. When caregiver burnout occurs…

When the United States became independent in 1776, Texas was far from the scene. However, one of the key figures of that era, Benjamin Franklin, still had an impact on Texas and its own independence decades later. Richard Bache, Jr., Franklin’s grandson, fought in the Texas Revolution, serve…

We’ve long been led to believe that we “can’t know the players without a program.” However, it’s generally agreed that they are needed for sports purists who want to identify all of the players, from the “stars to the scrubs.”

I appreciate clarity. It is good to hear a communicator who clearly says what he means. The human authors of Scripture wrote with clarity. Even when using figurative and apocalyptic language (describing prophetic revelations), they can be understood. The underlying reason for their clarity i…

One of the educational gems in Parker County is halfway through enjoying its 150 anniversary. Established in 1869, Weatherford College is the oldest continuing community college west of the Mississippi, older than the University of Texas and Texas A&M University.

This column will explain the impeachment farce in two minutes. By the end, you will thank the media for demanding the release of Trump’s phone calls with the presidents of Ukraine and Australia.

I now make my living by releasing short videos on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For over 100 years, law enforcement has been collecting fingerprint identification as evidence to solve crimes. As a former law enforcement officer, I remember the implementation of the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) in the 1980s. This was the first national database to s…

“No one is above the law,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she announced the Democratic effort to impeach President Donald Trump over the Ukraine matter. The phrase has become a Democratic mantra in the new impeachment push. But it could, in the end, serve to highlight the weakness of the…

The footsteps Bernie Sanders is hearing belong to Elizabeth Warren. The problem for the Vermont senator is that those footsteps are ahead of him, not behind him, in Iowa and California and perhaps soon in the rest of the country. 

“The future belongs to people who believe in something beyond themselves, and who live and sacrifice accordingly. It belongs to people who think and hope inter-generationally.” 

WASHINGTON — If Donald Trump were to tweet that 9 is a prime number, that Minneapolis is in Idaho, and that the sun revolves around the Earth — “Make Earth Great Again!” — would even five Republican senators publicly disagree with even one of the tweets? This matters in assessing the wisdom …

WASHINGTON — It began with a whistleblower, who obtained a telephone transcript between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that dealt in part with former Vice President Joe Biden’s son.

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Douglas "Doug" L. Edmondson, 84, of Weatherford, formerly of Burkett, Texas, passed away early on Sunday October 20, 2019. Visitation will be held from 10 until 11 a.m., on Friday, October 25, 2019 at the Galbreaith-Pickard Funeral Chapel, 913 N. Elm Street, in Weatherford. Funeral services …

Edward Carroll Therens, a.k.a. Rabbit Therens, 65, of Weatherford, passed away October 16, 2019 at his home. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held from 6 until 8, Wednesday evening, October 23, 2019 at 1226 W. Ball Street, in Weatherford. Burial will be held at DFW National Ce…

WILLOW PARK - Walter Bock, Jr., 73, passed away Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Greenwood Chapel. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwood. Walter was born May 5, 1946, to Walter W. Bock, Sr., and Kathryn Bock in Freeport, N.Y.…

Robert Wayne Elliott passed away Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Visitation: Ramsey Funeral Home in Georgetown Friday, Oct. 25, 6-8 p.m. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Ramsey Funeral Home, followed by a 4 p.m. Military Burial Service at Greenwood Community Cemetery in Weatherford. I…