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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.

Look for more online

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.

Welcome to Editor’s Note

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.