Most days, in addition to local news, our world here at the newspaper is filled with politics in Washington and Austin, the latest happenings in the Middle East, or the most recent crime or disaster here in the U.S. But every once in a while stories pop up that make you raise an eyebrow.
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On Friday’s opinion page, Texas A&M University School of Law Professor Meg Penrose, and David B. Muhlhausen, a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation’s Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity, debated the question: “Has the death penalty become too costly to administer in America?”
Next time you’re with a group of friends, try this for me: Stand in a circle and hold hands tightly. Now lean back all together until the only thing holding you up are the people on either side of you. If one of you lets go, you all fall. For a long time, before modern building codes insisted on a less precarious system, that principle held up some structures.
Each day millions of news articles are produced by the countless news organizations across the globe. With those odds, it’s easy to see how local folks could show up in other places besides local news source. Sometimes it might be as a single sources for a larger article; sometimes they’re the focus of a profile.
Mistakes happen. It’s a fact of life. Sometimes they’re little mistakes: The chicken cooked too long and now it’s dry. Sometimes they’re huge mistakes that make us want to crawl back under the covers and stay there until a week or two has passed.
It was a big, important, monumental — finding the right word to describe the significance of Friday’s dedication of the new Denison High School, along with an almost new Munson Stadium, is a tough thing. Still, it’s something the people of Denison seem to understand, judging by the hundreds who attended a wet dedication ceremony.
Often in life it is easy to become complacent with the way things are going. I find that it happens most often, not when things are hard, but when they’re fairly easy. Not when you are on a mountain top or in a valley, but when you’re walking along the plain and have convinced yourself that you have a good handle on your life and say, “Fine,” when people ask you how you are.
In less than two weeks, the Herald Democrat will honor more than 200 high school athletes and coaches who excelled over the past year. It’s the second year for the All-Texomaland Sports Celebration.
In yesterday’s paper, you may have noticed something a new — a graphic directing you to our website for more in-depth coverage. In the case of these two stories, it was to let you know there was a video on our website that went along with these articles.
There’s a saying in this business: “There’s always tomorrow’s edition.” Often times it’s recounted when we’re trying to shrug off a boneheaded mistake that makes us wish we hadn’t gotten out of bed that morning. It’s a way to remind ourselves that, while we deeply regret that mistake and will be beating ourselves up about it for days, weeks and years, in some cases, we’ve got to move on to the next day’s edition where we hope to do better.