Sometimes the most important people can be those without titles or names well-known to the public or known to many outside their own community. Cone Johnson never held many high-ranking positions, but he played a vital role in the development of Texas government as a legislator and for the n…

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‘Tis not the first time an error of my own doing has diverted me from the tedious freeways of everyday life to side roads with uncharted curves adorned by snagging brambles that seemed to warn, “Go back.”

As he sat in a “narrow jail cell” in the city of Birmingham in 1963 — just five years before his death — Martin Luther King Jr., then imprisoned because he’d violated a court injunction against public civil rights demonstrations, read a newspaper statement questioning his and others’ methods…

Impeachments aren’t what they used to be. Today, young people are supposed to be excited that the president withheld taxpayer money from Ukraine — a half-billion-dollar foreign aid package that ticks off most Americans under any circumstances, going to a country notable for not being our cou…

As an add-on to my last two columns about the traits of a gentleman, I’d like to offer the following. It is inspired by an article I read many years ago. I cannot recall where or who wrote it. So, while a good friend and I have added some thoughts, removed others and made extensive edits, le…

January has been designated as “Sanctity of Human Life Month.” I believe it is necessary to hold the fact that God has sanctified human life before us. It is especially necessary for the Church that calls herself “Christian” to speak for those who are unable to speak for themselves! These un…

An accident recently brought history closer home than I anticipated. An automobile crashed into the house at the corner of Bankhead Highway and Center Point Road causing considerable damage to the building and injuring its occupants.

Cookies, leftover candy from the holidays, family gatherings, snacks at work and at church ... it might start to feel like there are foods to eat and snack on everywhere and sometimes it is hard to resist. One way to avoid eating too many foods that are high in sugar or fats is to practice m…

People who want to work should be allowed to work. That includes people who once went to jail.

Special counsel Robert Mueller warned last July that the Russians had conducted a “sweeping and systematic” campaign to undermine the last presidential election, and that a new attack was already underway. “They’re doing it as we sit here,” he told a Congressional committee.

With a Senate impeachment trial likely just days away, President Trump and Democrats are locked in a cycle of mutual trolling over whether the trial should include testimony from witnesses.

The most substantively outrageous presidential campaign in American history has some serious chance of success. 

You may have seen the Michelle Williams Golden Globes speech by now. The actress credited abortion for allowing her to achieve her professional successes. Pro-life and pro-choice people said what you would have expected in response, but what seemed to be largely missed was the misery. 

Most of us, regardless of our political persuasion, are greatly disturbed about the present chaos in our world and divisiveness in our own nation. It’s disheartening and almost overwhelming!

The year 2020 will be the “Year of the Woman.” This year, we mark the centennial celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and the success of the suffrage movement. After a prolonged fight for the right to vote, the 19th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of Ameri…

While listening to news reports of what a monstrous threat Iran is, I’ve been wracking my brain to think of a single terrorist attack in this country committed by an Iranian. If there is one, now would be a good time to mention it! But I can’t find any. 

My ancient Uncle Mort claims only fuzzy memories of Texas’ first hockey games. He said something about chipmunks competing on 50-pound ice blocks, or something equally absurd.

An argument over spending tax dollars, an attempt to silence political opponents, and charges of a “kangaroo court.” This is not a current story but a faint echo of a notorious event in Texas History, the impeachment of Gov. James Ferguson. As a result of his actions, in 1917, Ferguson becam…

When Jesus began His public ministry He said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15)

It is OK … everyone breathe. It is here again — the beginning of a New Year and countless resolutions or goals to lose weight. Remember that our weight loss journeys are honorable pursuits and a great way to care for our health and ourselves. Here are some things to keep in mind if you are p…

Former national security adviser John Bolton shook up the Trump impeachment standoff recently with his announcement that, if subpoenaed, he is “prepared to testify” before a Senate trial. It’s still not clear, of course, when or even if a trial might occur, since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi i…

“Find the cost of freedom,” wrote Stephen Stills in 1970 upon visiting a Civil War site. Those who fought and died to defend our freedoms are indeed “buried in the ground” as Stills and company sang.

Congressional hearings were created to educate lawmakers so they have knowledge before they pass bills or impeach a president.

In the torrent of idiotic commentary unleashed by the killing of Qassem Soleimani, Colin Kaepernick’s deserves a place of honor. 

WASHINGTON — A machete-wielding man’s attack on American Jews in New York on the seventh night of Hanukkah last month was yet another chilling reminder that a wave of hateful anti-Semitism still infects our country.

By now, you’ve all probably experienced that awkward moment of remembering to write “2020” on your checks and other paperwork as we began a new decade Wednesday.

That old familiar expression “gone but not forgotten” is one that could be applied to a lot of things today. Arcadia Books has profited a lot from people who would wax nostalgic about things not here. Fort Worth has been featured in numerous books about hotels, restaurants and the like for p…

Happy New Year everyone! Two weeks ago I posted “The Traits of a Gentleman — Part 1”. I listed four traits out of eight in that column: integrity, humility, sacrifice and valuing honoring his woman and other loved ones. Today I will address the other four. Here we go!

This is the time of the year when I look back over the past year. I’m a “list person” so I make a list of all those blessings that the Lord has poured out on me, my family and our church. As I write my list of blessings, I acknowledge that I’ve forgotten more than I can remember. However, th…

Time has been bought, answers have been delayed and responses have been hedged as “squirmers” have opted for the “Texas two-step” instead of crystal clear comebacks to probing inquiries.

Another year has arrived. It is a time of celebration for the present, of reflection for the past, and of hope for the future. In some areas, the beginning of the year marks new laws going into effect or the inauguration of some local officials. And it also means some retailers are now well …

New Years is always a good time for making changes and new beginnings. Although you may not make New Year’s resolutions it is always a good time to take time to reflect on your life and improve yourself mentally, physically and emotionally. Here are some tips you may use or select to begin 2…

In case you have any gift exchanges or parties left on your calendar, here’s a last-minute gift idea: food.

BLOOMINGTON - To me, it was a thunderclap. Years ago, when I was in Congress, we were in the midst of a tense, contentious debate. Members had gotten irritated, levying charges back and forth, and tempers were rising. It was starting to look like we might just go off the rails. Then one memb…

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. — Some 47 of the last 56 governors of this state have been Republicans. For six decades, every major-party nominee for statewide office has pledged not to support a sales or income tax. For 340 years, New Hampshire has delegated major powers — pardons, contracts, nominatio…

“This time, with freedom!” Sisters Mary Karen and Mary Gabriel implored. It was a rare day for Sisters of Life from different convents to get to be together at the religious order’s motherhouse in the suburbs of New York. There, they gathered around an outdoor Nativity scene with fire for wa…

I’ll admit it ... I’m a borderline workaholic. 

Conservative Christians are fond of the adage WWJD — What Would Jesus Do? A good question during the Christmas season is HWJV — How Would Jesus Vote?

Unfortunately for many, they not only receive gifts during the holidays but also a cold or the flu. The best you can do to avoid these seasonal illnesses is to take care of yourself. Here are some tips from the Center for Disease Control.

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Obituaries

Charles Kent McAnally, 50, of Weatherford passed away Saturday, January 18, 2020. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 2-4:30pm, Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel. Kent was born April 14, 1969 in Weatherford to Charles and Nell Bloodworth McAnal…