Seeking “higher standards” from banks

Y’know…  I am all for businesses making a profit for services rendered. It’s the American way and helps sustain our way of life. Lord knows I sure don’t mind people paying a pittance to read my daily reporting on the comings and goings of Henderson-Rusk County.

However, I do have a problem when my loyalty as a customer is trivialized and or abused.

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81 years of local news

On my desk sits a copy of the Oct. 4, 1930,  edition of the Henderson Daily News, not a copy of the paper but a printed out version of the original.

I daresay an original paper would be far too delicate to handle being shuffled around my desk.

The Oct. 4, 1930, edition represents “Volume 1, Number 1” of our long run as the official paper of record for the city of Henderson and, by extension, the people of Rusk County.

Emblazoned across the top in large “second coming” type, the paper reads: “Joiner’s Wildcat a Gusher!”

“Located on Miller Farm, seven miles west of Henderson, announced as Rusk County’s first producing oil well — estimated at 5,000 barrels,” the story continues.

The reporter, who is not named in a byline, writes that overnight the “staid old town of Henderson” (his words, not mine!) had become a fast-growing seat of the state’s newest oil field. My own hometown of Overton went from 400 or so farmers and ranchers spread out around the railroad to nearly 4,000 roughnecks and merchants.

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Why we do what we do…

Sunday marked the end National Newspaper Week and for those of us in the field of print journalism I hope it was spent considering from where we have come and to where we are going.

To the casual observer it seems that newspapers are on the way out, quick to be replaced by personal handheld and Internet technologies that can update users on news worldwide in real-time. Papers in large markets report a downturn in advertising revenues and many mid-sized and small town newspapers are either going to a purely Internet-based format or shutting their doors forever.

Well, it might just be the bluster of a newspaperman unwilling to give up his livelihood, but I think any reports of our demise have been greatly exaggerated.

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“…as is the habit of some…”

A few days ago I came across the quip: “sitting in a pew no more makes you a Christian than sitting in the driveway makes you a car.”

I get it, it’s quite clever. I interpret it to be a sort of broadside against the perceived assembly of hypocrites who simply attend church out of a misguided sense of religion by osmosis. That if one thinks all it means to be an adherent to the teachings and example of Jesus Christ is to simply “show up” then they are sorely mistaken.

This is true, and a sentiment I would encourage heartily. But there is still more to this story.

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