Commentary

7:45am

Tue January 6, 2015
Commentary

History Matters: Poor communication caused more turmoil in the War of 1812

Treaties can put a stop to war. But as Commentator Gary Joiner points out, battles wage on after a war ends, as was the case with the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine.

Read more

7:45am

Fri January 2, 2015
Commentary

Hen Subscription Contest boosted newspaper readership in Madisonville, Texas

Henry B. Fox, publisher of the Madisonville Meteor, used chickens to boost his subscriber base.
Credit Courtesy Gary Borders

One of my main jobs as a publisher is to sell newspapers. That might appear blindingly obvious to most folks. But on many occasions throughout my four decades in this business, readers upset with a story will say, accusingly, “You’re just trying to sell newspapers.” That always struck me as akin to telling a car dealer, “You’re just trying to sell cars.” Well, duh.

Read more

7:45am

Thu January 1, 2015
Commentary

What Was I Thinking for January 1, 2015

Brian O'Nuanain

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain share his trial and tribulations as he begins his post holiday diet,...once again. 

Read more

7:45am

Tue December 30, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: Father Time gets little respect in fast times

The legendary, late folk singer Pete Seeger wrote: "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." But commentator Gary Joiner wonders why there isn’t enough time to spare today -- even to appreciate timekeeping technology through the ages?

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine.

Read more

7:45am

Fri December 26, 2014
Commentary

Gary Borders: Zephyr's stadium lights spotlight competitive six-man football matchup

With help from coaches of both teams, the Trinity School of Texas Titans come to grips with their loss against the Fredericksburg Heritage Christian Eagles.
Credit Gary Borders

As sunset approached, the sky streaked with pastels of orange and blue, and a full moon beginning to rise, the six-man football state championship got underway at Bulldog Field in Zephyr. That’s in Brown County, on the edge of West Texas, in goat country. Seemingly out of nowhere, the stadium lights appeared after our 306-mile drive. We pulled into a gravel parking lot, dust filling the air. Zephyr means “gentle, mild breeze.” Wind was ruffling the American flag near the concession stand.

Read more

Pages