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EDITOR’S NOTE: Reacting to terrorism

It has been surreal to watch as France tries to cope with the horrific terrorist attack that happened in Paris earlier this month. I imagine that what we’re experiencing is similar to the feelings the rest of the world had as they watched the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, looking on with feelings of disbelief and fear.


We’ve written about TAPS Public Transit a lot lately. For anyone who doesn’t know, the area’s public transportation provider is in a severe financial crunch that arose, at least in part, because of “gross financial mismanagement,” as Grayson County Judge Bill Magers told us in September when we began to crack open this egg .

EDITOR’S NOTE: Yes, but how?

Wow, what a show, right? If you didn’t catch the GOP debate Thursday night it was something to behold. This debate is aptly being described as the least boring presidential debate perhaps ever. And TV ratings from Thursday night proved it.

Changes coming for single-copy customers

Beginning Sunday, Aug. 9, single-copy customers may notice a few changes. First after several years with no increase to the stand prices, the cost of the Herald Democrat will be $1 on weekdays and $2.25 on Sundays. With memberships as low as $13 a month for EZPay, now is a good time to sign up for a subscription.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Playing politics

Say what you will about the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage Friday, but the derelict responses from Texas’ state leaders were simply ridiculous. I’m looking at you, Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton. Instead of figuring out what the state needed to do to comply with the high court’s ruling, these two took the opportunity to score cheap political points.

Access the Herald Democrat’s redesigned e-Edition free this week

In conjunction with the launch of the Herald Democrat’s improved, daily e-Edition, the paper is offering a free week of access to everyone. With the look and feel of the paper’s print copy and the added convenience of anywhere-access from your phone, tablet or desktop computer, the e-Edition is a smart way for Texomans to get in-depth coverage of the news they care about.

The right question about the death penalty

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?”

Tension keeps us in check

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.

Do better tomorrow

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.

Disturb us

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.