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If you’ve read some of my recreational writing in one of the fine Herald-Banner publications over the last eight years or so, you probably know I speak in clichés — fluently, I might add.

As many of our wonderful readers know, the Rockwall County Herald-Banner mostly consists of myself acting as managing editor/reporter/photographer with the much-appreciated assistance of ace reporter Jim Hardin — or, as I like to think of him, Father of the Newsroom. 


I’m writing on behalf of the Friends of the Commerce Public Library (the Friends), the organization that operates the library for the city of Commerce, regarding your coverage of the City Council meeting Feb. 16, 2016. Your description of the discussion and vote on a bond issue to fund impro…


You know that perception is sometimes one’s worst enemy. What is perceived is not always the iron clad truth. Sometimes there are many reasons for actions that are taken that are unknown and will never really be understood. Our complicated lives are being escalated to a point that we have no…

I’m someone who loves old, charming, historic buildings. That’s why it hurts to say this — Commerce is doing the right thing by bulldozing some of its most dilapidated old houses.

Business owners and city officials in Commerce are rightfully concerned about the proliferation of dilapidated buildings that are not being renovated.


Well, it has been a very fun and enjoyable time writing stories, taking photos, and sharing my opinions with the readers of the Commerce Journal.

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I drive down to Winnsboro to visit my parents once a month on average and visit the church I grew up in with them.

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Ten thousand. That’s how many Easter eggs were scattered across an open field in North Richland Hills last Saturday. Hundreds of children, including my two boys, converged simultaneously on those multi-colored eggs as I waited for the sound of the emotional carnage. It didn’t take long befor…

Editor’s note: I first ran this opinion piece in 2012. Each year, my perspective changes ever so slightly. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

If you rewind back time to the fall of 2012, Texas A&M University-Commerce football was in a dismal state. Head Coach Guy Morriss was in his fourth and last season, having led the Lions to consecutive 1-9 seasons. School spirit was the lowest I’d ever seen it in my four seasons of coveri…

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