No easy way out

February 8, 2006 My mother’s thin, frantic voice came quickly through the receiver — “Dad’s at Wal-Mart. He said to come get him; he said he was in bad shape.”

The eyes of a child

February 8, 2006 In the two years since I had been back, the old homestead had fallen into further shambles. Window panes were now broken and a piece of plywood was solidly nailed where the front door once was.

Letters to the Editor

February 1, 2006 Problems with hydro Dear editor: This is an open letter to the county judge, members of the quorum court and citizens of Independence County.

Weep-Irish somewhere else

January 24, 2006 “I’m so unky I could cry.” Doesn’t have quite the same ring as Hank Williams’ ballad, but come to find out, unky means the same thing as lonesome.


January 20, 2006 Back when Dr. Martin Luther King was in the middle of his campaign to transform America, he was not the only black leader trying to do that.