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Penitentiary Valedictorian A Commencement Speech from Captivity to Freedom

            I’ve written a lot of stories.  Seven years ago, this very publication – The West Texas Tribune, was the first newspaper that printed my work, outside of my school paper in college. I was a beat reporter for the sports page and eventual sports editor for The Rambler at my Alma Mater, Texas Wesleyan ...

November and other Elections

By Joe Starkey Who should I vote for? Should I choose a person whose face looks like mine? Should I choose a person that goes to my church? Or should I look very carefully at what the person says and even more carefully, at what the person does, to make sure that their standards and ...

The Ten Commandments – Are They Relevant for Today?

September 8,2019 9 pm By Dale Miller Peer Counselor Abilene, Texas             With all the social media available today it seems that getting the Word of God out in something more than a blurb or blip or sound byte, can be a challenge. Often folks just don’t agree with what your opinion is or even ...

A Message to Mayor Pete from a Latina Mama: “Don’t Force Your Sexual Ideology on Me and My Children”

Yes, be polite to us, and we will be polite to you. But we know that we are in an intense battle over the hearts and minds of our children. Mothers are very good at educating and protecting our children from harm when we believe they are in danger. This time, that danger is the ...

Prescription Drug Pricing: Safety of Savings? Why not BOTH?

Despite the ever-growing partisan divide, an olive branch extends across both sides of the aisle with the unifying initiative to address prescription drug pricing. While everyday American’s pocketbook peril at their local pharmacy is rarely publicized, the price gouging of the EpiPen and other specialty drugs make national headlines as profit margins soar up to ...

Elizabeth Warren Responds to Biden Allegations: “I Believe Lucy Flores” A Nevada Democrat accused the former vice president of touching her inappropriately.

Former Nevada State Rep. Lucy Flores (D) accused former Vice President Joe Biden of touching her inappropriately when he campaigned for her in 2014. Before a campaign event for Flores’ lieutenant governor bid, Biden allegedly came up to her from behind, put his hands on her shoulders, smelled her hair, and kissed her on the ...