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Joe Heller

January 23, 2016
Joe Heller

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What would we do without dedicated school custodians, stock show volunteers?

January 23, 2016

And we think we have no rose garden.

At least we’re not Michigan, without water, without schools, without future.

Most of the Detroit schools were closed Wednesday because teachers had had enough. They stayed home in protest over wretched campus conditions. Fighting rats and mold wasn’t in the contract.

Would such a scene unfold in the Granbury school district?

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Letter to the Editor

January 23, 2016

Hire similar librarian

So is it that easy to turn our county into a throwback to the 19th century?

Just the idea that a well-funded “social conservative” organization can discourage top library professionals from wanting to work here is abhorrent.

Our now-departed librarian was supported throughout the recent controversy by every national professional library organization.

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Mort on current matters…

January 23, 2016

Uncle Mort, staring down the barrel at his 104th birthday on July 4, lives in utter fascination of the moment – whether he’s “in it” or not.

Aunt Maude says he is fully entertained for a good four hours in an empty room with a fly swatter.

“Add a fly to the mix, and an entire day is made,” she laughs.

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Joe Heller

January 16, 2016
Joe Heller

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The day he planted the kiss

January 16, 2016

Personal experiences have taught me to overlook “conventional wisdom,” malicious gossip or just plain stupid, misguided opinions about individuals.

One such instance came early in my college days and was particularly gratifying.

The young man was John Ellis, adopted son of O.B. Ellis, the late director of the Texas Department of Corrections and for whom a prison unit is named.

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Shooter training could save lives

January 16, 2016

An often-repeated quote from former boxing champion Mike Tyson – that everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face – rings true.

Whether it’s being confronted with physical violence or an emotionally traumatic loss for the first time, no one really knows exactly how they will react.

In the case of encountering an active shooter – someone firing or threatening to fire a gun only feet away from you and your co-workers – your reaction likely could make the difference between life and death.

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Oh to be a mother of three

January 16, 2016

Tomorrow Fielder will be 1 month old.

I’d be lying if I said that the month has been easy. The two weeks that Hooper was home certainly made things better, but since he’s been back at work I’ve been very sleep deprived.

Fielder is a good baby, but he’s HUNGRY.

If he could have it his way, he would be eating 24/7.

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Letter to the Editor

January 16, 2016

On Jan. 8 I received a phone call from a man claiming to be with Direct TV. The caller ID was the 800 number of Direct TV and he had my account number.

He told me they had a promotion going on and if you paid four months in advance, you would lower your monthly bill and receive all of the premium channels.

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Penicillin can’t cure affluenza

January 9, 2016

Is the affluenza defense defensible?

Can our society allow an over-privileged kid to kill four people and not suffer the consequences of his actions?

He did not use a gun but a high-powered vehicle out of control because of his blood alcohol level.

His lawyer was absolutely brilliant with the defense and he was absolutely bat-crap wrong.

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