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Noah’s Ark is a proud contradiction. It is an unlimited intake animal shelter that does not euthanize for space. The shelter takes care of the animals brought in by the city of Gainesville’s Animal Control and the lost and abandoned animals of all of Cooke County. The shelter’s maximum capac…

Here’s the truth about President Trump’s border wall: He doesn’t really care whether it gets built. What he does care about is building an issue, a case for his re-election. To Trump, the value of the wall is almost entirely symbolic, not real.

There are two diametrically opposed lines of thinking about Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The first is that he is winding down his probe and is unlikely to allege that the Trump campaign and Russia conspired to fix the 2016 presidential election. The second is …

Your editorial cartoon on Feb. 19 was drawn by someone who is not very knowledgeable about the Bible and what Jesus taught. He taught us to help the poor with our own money. Socialist/Democrats (is there any difference) believe in helping the poor by reaching into other people’s pockets thro…

I tried to find a way to post this on the police department’s Facebook but couldn’t figure out how so I figured I’d post my recognition here. Officer Eddie Veracruz pulled me over about a week ago for failing to use my signal; little did he know that I had expired tags and I figured that’s w…

Last week Rep. Nancy Pelosi warned President Donald Trump that if he declared an “emergency” to build a wall, “think what a president with different values can present... Why don’t you declare (the epidemic of gun violence in America) an emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would... A Democr…

WASHINGTON — In his State of the Union address, President Trump, who is admittedly not given to eloquent or self-reflective musings, voiced an odd phrase that seemed both rather strange and rather perceptive.

It’s hard to be a native New Yorker and be stunned by much of anything that you see on the city’s streets. But the other day I was in for quite a surprise.

After we reported early this month that Lindsay Independent School District board members had voted to call for a $19.9 million bond election, plenty of discussion ensued on the Register’s Facebook page.

We received another inch or so of rain last Sunday and Monday on top of the previous week’s rainfall, so fields and pastures are still wet. I know, sounds like a broken record. Early planted winter pasture is looking half decent with the rest of it trying to take off. The saturated soils, mo…

In recent weeks, two major religious organizations with a large Cooke County presence have been in the news for their handling of accusations of child sexual abuse by ministers under their umbrella.

In January 2017, Rep. Ina Minjarez introduced the National Popular Vote bill (HB 496) in the Texas House of Representatives. Protect your vote! This bill will abolish the electoral college. Do you really want a Hillary Clinton or a Kamala Harris for president? This bill is unconstitutional, …

It snowed on Amy Klobuchar as she announced her run for president. And while that might be a bad omen for some candidates, the icy weather accurately symbolizes her appeal.

Thanks to my friend Charles Draper’s recommendation, I have enjoyed reading a good book about Texas football. The book is by Dan Jenkins and is titled “I’ll Tell You One Thing.” His bias towards football played in the old Southwest Conference agreed with this old fan quite well. At a time wh…

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Frank “Bring ‘Em Back Alive” Buck has been referred to as Gainesville’s “native son.” He was born March 17, 1884 in a wagon yard owned by his father at 825 E. California St., where the First State Bank Conference Center stands today. Frank’s family later moved to Dallas, where he grew up cat…

WASHINGTON — Of all the headlines about the scandals concerning the alleged past sins of one after another high official in Virginia, one struck me most poignantly. It was this, from the front page of The Washington Times:

There must be a better way to keep kids interested in school than drugging them.

I am writing to comment on the bond Issue which has been presented for the public’s consideration by the Lindsay ISD Board of Trustees. I taught school in Lindsay from 1988 through 2003. We live in Lindsay, and I am in touch with the school in various aspects. I am wholly in support of the p…

On Bleecker Street in Manhattan, you can find both a Planned Parenthood clinic and a boutique for pregnant women. According to Vogue, the store, Hatch, “is arguably the first of its kind, in that it was designed specifically for pregnant shoppers: Changing rooms have a size chart to help you…

WASHINGTON — Soon, in a federal court that few Americans know exists, there will come a ruling on a constitutional principle that today barely exists but that could, if the judicial branch will resuscitate it, begin to rectify the imbalance between the legislative and executive branches. It …

Before “Game of Thrones”-style infighting rocked Virginia Democrats, before the Michael Jackson moonwalk press conference, before a KKK and blackface photo surfaced from his Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook, Gov. Ralph Northam made some candid remarks about abortion on WTOP’s “Ask th…

This week, Gainesville’s North Texas Medical Center posted a spreadsheet of its standard prices in response to questions we’d asked about its compliance with new federal regulations.

I am writing this letter to the editor to help educate Cooke County residents about voting rights for Texans who have been convicted of a felony.

My husband says he’s got it made. Since I’m the editor of the local newspaper, he says, I know everything that’s going on in town. (Debatable, but I’ll take it!) He just asks me, “anything interesting happening this weekend, darling?” and I’ll usually have an answer.

As things stand now, a House and Senate conference committee is the only hope that Democrats and Republicans can reach agreement on border security and avoid another government shutdown. The negotiations — such as they are, for a committee that has met briefly only once in more than a week —…

Women finally achieved the right to vote when the 19th Amendment became law in 1920. Here’s a good way to celebrate its centennial: Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment — or ERA — that completes the job of banning all forms of gender-based discrimination, not just in the voting booth.

WASHINGTON — When I traveled to a small town outside Paris that early winter morning to interview the Iranian Shiite leader, the mysterious Ayatollah Khomeini, a veil of historic disaster was already hanging over the Middle East. But who was this man? Very few outside Iran seemed to know.

It finally dried out enough for farmers to get back in the field and finish planting their wheat and oats that was intended to be planted in the fall. Wet fall and early winter conditions had hindered some farmers from completing what they started, so spring oats and wheat was the another al…

During long, gray, bleak winters — before the women’s and men’s college basketball tournaments and before baseball’s opening days — I confess to an embarrassing secret: I thoroughly enjoy watching TV- and movie-related awards shows on TV, not just the Oscars but also the Golden Globes, the S…

Not everything is about Donald Trump, the next presidential election or politics in general. Not everything has to do with right and left and Republicans and Democrats.

WASHINGTON — Surely the silliest aspirant for the Democrats’ 2020 presidential nomination is already known: “Beto,” aka Robert Francis, O’Rourke is a skateboarding man-child whose fascination with himself caused him to live-stream a recent dental appointment for — open-wide, please — teeth c…

Cooke County Judge Jason Brinkley recently published a column in the Dallas Morning News accusing the Texas Legislature of driving up local property taxes through unfunded mandates surrounding the criminal justice system. While I can’t speak to non-criminal-justice costs in the column, his p…

Border security is getting much needed attention right now to ensure law enforcement has the tools they need to stop human and drug traffickers. But these problems don’t stop at the border and often victims of trafficking aren’t limited to those smuggled into this county. This month, we reco…

Back in the Midwest where my folks live, they’ve had an extraordinary cold snap this week. The “polar vortex,” they call it, and it got so cold there with the wind chill that you could throw boiling water into the air and it would freeze instantly.

Howard Schultz, the former head of Starbucks, and Larry Hogan, the governor of Maryland, could seriously disrupt the political landscape if they decide to run for president next year. And for anti-Trumpers, the choice is clear: Encourage Hogan to get in, and tell Schultz to get lost.

A House-Senate conference committee is beginning work on a package of border security policies that, it is hoped, can win the support of both Democrats and Republicans. The final product is certain to include several measures that already have full, bipartisan approval: more immigration judg…

For the past 15 years, the Gainesville ISD Education Foundation has been a constant supporter of GISD teachers and students. This group of volunteers are Heroes Among Us, comprised of business, community, and education leaders.

Property taxes are due this week. I expect most of us are seeing our hospital taxes go up 50 percent or more. If you feel like I do about that huge tax increase, you might ask your friends on the hospital board a few questions. Follow the money!

WASHINGTON — If you want to hear the true story of impoverished, starving Venezuela — and what is behind the dramatic and hopeful events of the last week — come along with me.

In 1960, when John F. Kennedy was running for the White House against Richard Nixon, winning Democratic presidential tickets still depended on the backing of segregationist party colleagues in the Southern states.

A few weeks ago, the Texas Legislature convened for the 86th regular session. Again, as with the past few sessions, leaders are determined to make property tax reform a top priority. As the Cooke County judge, I am elected by county residents to help set the tax rate for our county governmen…

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