Here’s an interesting article on a famous woman scientist, Margaret Pittman, who helped developed several new vaccines. I hope you enjoy.

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The church in the Old Testament lived under a theocracy. That is, both the church and state were one. God anointed kings. Civil laws and religious laws were one and the same. Today we don’t live in a theocracy. In fact, there is only one society in the world that is considered a theocracy. I…

It still lurks in my mind’s “crannies,” jumping to the forefront of my thoughts more often than I’d like. It was a single sentence — uttered by someone whose name I don’t know — imparting an important truth usually requiring paragraphs, chapters or even volumes.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” as Charles Dickens so memorably wrote in his 1859 historical novel A Tale of Two Cities. Extraordinary times call for extraordinary actions by ordinary individuals. We now collectively find ourselves in one such extraordinary time where …

Our members of Congress will soon be asked to consider two bills that could directly affect your local news sources. We hope you’ll consider urging U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry and U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz to lend their support for these measures.

MINERAL WELLS — While here in Texas we aren’t technically locked in our homes, it’s a greater challenge to venture out right now. Many aren’t inclined to leave the house for anything other than absolute necessities, and the rest of us at least pause when considering an outing.

Composting is a fantastic way to get rid of your waste without throwing it away to go into a dump. 

While never the majority of the population, slaves and slave owners participated in the foundation of Weatherford and Parker County. Slave owners disproportionately owned more land, horses, cattle, and occupied more governing jobs than those who did not own slaves.

Long-held views on the discrimination against Black people and on memorials to the Confederacy are changing in Texas in the wake of George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis police custody and the protests that followed, according to polling by the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas.

“No citizen should have to wait more than 30 minutes to vote,” declared a 2014 federal report on how to conduct elections. That report was responding to the long lines in the 2012 presidential election, when more than 5 million Americans were forced to wait longer than an hour to cast their …

This year above all, our Independence Day commemorations and introspection ought not to conclude on the Fourth of July. Indeed, in a year like this — in our national moment of reflection and rebellion — we require one more day of contemplation on our national character and our national purpose.

Greg Abbott has had a rough month. The civil liberties wing of the governor’s Republican Party, with its focus on individual freedom and economics, is lobbing rotten tomatoes his way — increasingly agitated by his attempts to cage the coronavirus with a new series of behavioral restrictions.

“Who are we?” “What are we here for?” These are some of the most fundamental questions of our lives. The answers can be tough to discern even in normal times. As statues are being torn down, the question of who we are as Americans is one that we have to consider. 

At the birth of our Republic we fought a war to gain sovereignty over the right to vote and determine our destiny as citizens. Yet, as we celebrate the 244th Fourth of July, we find ourselves on the threshold of surrendering our rights anew, throwing away our right of self-determination by a…

WASHINGTON — The French revolutionaries’ instrument for administering the 1793-1794 Reign of Terror was the Committee of Public Safety. Today, China’s totalitarians, displaying either ignorance of this unsavory history, or arrogance in flaunting their emulation of it, call their new instrume…

We’re watching our “house” burning down, and I ask, “Where is the Church?” The “house” is our nation and the “fire” is Marxism.

Give me a break. There are pitfalls when one is in tall weeds trying to determine the origin of expressions.

When I was growing up, there was a familiar name connected to the near west side of Weatherford’s business area. The name Corcanges was well known in those days. First it was a local drug store and later as a radio station.

Are you enjoying your summer? Did you know summer brings the longest days giving us more time to spend outdoors having fun? From vacations, biking, and hiking, or just enjoying ice cream, watermelons, or popsicles, summer brings memories of younger days and family togetherness. As we enjoy m…

As most everyone can attest during this COVID-19 pandemic, reporting the coronavirus news can get a bit, let’s say, testy at times.

Americans hope they will never be bullied by a police officer. A man or woman with a badge and a gun can be an intimidating figure. If a cop pulls you over and bullies you, what can you do? Americans are at the mercy of bad cops. Who hasn’t been afraid of a police officer at one time or anot…

As we approach this Fourth of July, we — the heirs to the Declaration of Independence — are engaged in nationwide introspection on the nature of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” nearly two and a half centuries after those seven words became an uplifting shorthand for the American creed.

My commentary is the result of the ruminations in my head, and my subsequent emotions elicited, recently, by the consequence of the pandemic. Like many of you, I have pondered, and I still am pondering over the consequent social upheaval, and its effect over our consciousness.

In football, when a flag is thrown only on the player who retaliates against an initial violation that was missed, the penalty is still enforced. If we say two wrongs don’t make a right for athletes or our children, the same should apply in our criminal justice system. Unfortunately, we are …

Forgive the American people if they’re in a fog about face masks. President Donald Trump and the federal government have done a number on them.

“We’ll leave the light on for you” is a motel chain’s slogan. It also appears to be a principal coronavirus measure for the state of Texas, where the number of available hospital beds is more influential with top leaders than the number of sick or dying Texans.

A common malady of mankind is selective amnesia. When problems occur or plans aren’t working, or our lives are less than we think we deserve, our first impulse is to find someone to blame. The last place that we look is ourselves. No matter what the issue, political, church, home or society …

We’ve said it before. Until effective treatments are widespread or a vaccine is developed for the coronavirus, it’s important to wear a mask anytime you cannot keep some distance from people you don’t live with. Among other reasons, that’s because masks are one of our best guards against ano…

During times of stress and uncertainty, it is easy to focus on things we cannot control rather than things that we can control. Changes in our financial, social and physical situations can bring extra anxiety and concern, making us feel

Summer officially began and you know what that means? It’s grilling time! As we pull out the grill, there are several tips and tricks that will help make your cookouts more successful. Most people simply drag out the grill, dig out a lighter, scrape down the grill grate with a wire brush and…

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden agree on one thing — the other side is trying to steal the election.

Uncle Mort isn’t his usual self. His 108th birthday is at hand, and he’s hung up on whether to have a “real” party, or join the growing list of folks who are “computer Zooming” to celebrate special occasions. (Printers are shaking their heads, turning out fancy invitations with the word “vir…

Adoption made the news in recent days because of a Republican congressman unveiling the surprise news that he has been raising an adopted son from Cuba. Though the reaction on the hyperpartisan internet has been shrill and unpleasant, perhaps this can nudge us toward a radical shift in our t…

You kneel to pray. You kneel to atone. You kneel to address authority. You kneel to honor fallen brethren.

Theodore Roosevelt famously spoke of spending yourself in a worthy cause. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health recently found that, “If you have a higher sense of purpose in life, defined as having meaning, a sense of direction and goals, you are more likely to remain healthy…

“We’ve never done it that way before.”

Helen Keller once said, “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.” These words ring especially true as we approach the Texas House District 60 Runoff, now scheduled for July 14.

Our families and communities are blessed! Throughout the Brazos Basin, this spring’s abundant rainfall has filled the river and lakes. Cattle are grazing belly deep in lush green grass, and our resources are abundant. COVID-19’s curse has us stymied in many ways, but we are adamant in lookin…

Fake news. Those two words have likely created more confusion and distrust of the news media than any other. While it is easy to understand why those of us who work in the news media despise the term, it should also be apparent that the general public has a vested interest in discerning fact…

We all know that mosquitos are more than just a buzzing nuisance. Mosquitoes are responsible for the transmission of numerous viruses all over the world with dynamic consequences. Fortunately, there is good news so far from the Centers for Disease Control. The Centers remind us that “mosquit…

Blood donation has become one of the most well-known and most effective life-saving medical techniques in modern surgery. Countless lives are saved each year through blood donation. One of the most important figures in modern blood banks was Dr. Charles Richard Drew, whose efforts saved many…