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Conservatives can rethink topics without ditching beliefs

July 4, 2015

For some conservatives like me, recent controversies may have felt a little like a series of minor earthquakes.

These topics are complex and can’t be fully covered in a single opinion column, but here are a few of my thoughts.

Both the Confederate flag issue and the same-sex marriage debate have opened up subjects that many conservatives may not have pondered.

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Letters to the Editor

July 4, 2015

Freedom to read books

A public library exists to give everyone the opportunity to decide want to read – including books that others might find offensive, blasphemous or inappropriate.

The First Amendment gives us the right to disagree with each other about all manner of political and social issues, including what’s in particular books.

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Lang blaming all except herself

July 4, 2015

It’s been quite a week in Hood County.

We were all over the news. Or rather, our county clerk, Katie Lang, was all over the news.

And not in a good way.

Lang completely bungled not only her handling of last week’s Supreme Court ruling that gay marriages are legal, but the fallout that naturally resulted from her defiance of that ruling.

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Eradicating symbol of hatred is move in right direction

June 27, 2015
Eradicating symbol of hatred is move in right direction

Dylann Roof brought about two things he had no intention of accomplishing when he opened fire in a Bible study gathering in South Carolina.

One of those things was that, instead of creating the race war he wanted, church members and families of his nine black victims provided the nation with an astonishing example of love and forgiveness.

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Was hiring system fair?

June 20, 2015

The minute Michael Reilly spotted the job posting, he felt it washisjob.

With 20 years of law enforcement experience, he felt sure that he could make a difference as a Hood County juvenile probation officer. He submitted an application, and waited.

Now 50, Reilly retired from law enforcement at just 48.

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This day in June, library took stance against censorship

June 20, 2015
This day in June, library took stance against censorship

Editorials usually focus on what’s wrong. This one is more about what went right.

This week, the Hood County Library Advisory Board and Library Director Courtney Kincaid refused to give in to censorship.

The HCN applauds them for not bowing to pressure from those who tried to control our reading material.

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Letters to the Editor

June 20, 2015
Letters to the Editor

Ruby Inez English Willis

Nov. 12, 1926-May 28, 2015

This was my mama.

She was born in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma. She had four brothers and five sisters. They also are gone, except for three sisters.

Growing up she and her family had nothing. The things we take for granted – phone, electricity, running water, gas and probably other things.

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Selective outrage makes no sense

June 13, 2015

How did you react to the news that some members of the Islamic state have been destroying ancient monuments in the Middle East?

It’s certainly one more sad, depressing chapter in the extremist group’s advancement in Iraq and Syria.

An online Washington Post article this week noted that a group called the Financial Action Task Force, based in Paris, stated that 4,500 such sites containing priceless antiquities are now under the control of the Islamic State radicals.

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This Is Hood County

June 13, 2015
This Is Hood County

Lipan valedictorian Tanden Foust hands roses to family members at the Lipan High School graduation.

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‘So This Is Life’

June 13, 2015
‘So This Is Life’

There are certain friends you meet and know early on that you can totally be yourself.

Courtney Patton is one of those friends.

We are very candid, uncensored and borderline inappropriate when together.

There are always lots of laughs, yet always deep conversations.

Other than being my friend, she also happens to be an amazing singer/songwriter.

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