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Wed
29
Jan
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Raising awareness of Human Trafficking

Raising awareness of Human Trafficking

PETE’S PERIÓDICO

Happy New Year, Senate District 19. I hope you enjoyed your holidays; between field Redistricting Committee hearings, interim charges, other Committee meetings, constant town halls and events across the District, this year is sure to be a busy one.

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Wed
29
Jan
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Don’t be led astray by fake meat marketing

Don’t be led astray by fake meat marketing

CATTLEMAN'S COLUMN

Recently, the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News ran a commentary piece from columnist Chris Tomlinson attacking beef in favor of plant-based proteins. Like most vegan marketing, it does a fantastic job of cherry-picking data and using opinion instead of facts and legitimate science.

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Wed
15
Jan
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Governor’s Domestic Terrorism Task Force meets at Capital

Governor’s Domestic Terrorism Task Force meets at Capital

STATE CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott last week convened the quarterly meeting of his Domestic Terrorism Task Force at the state Capitol.  

“We must work together to develop meaningful solutions to fully eradicate domestic terrorism in the Lone Star State,” Abbott said in explaining the purpose of the meeting. “Just as domestic terrorism takes many forms, this task force is committed to developing comprehensive and evolving defense strategies to ensure a safe and secure future for every Texan,” Abbott added.

Abbott’s office said the task force analyzed prevention strategies against domestic terrorism in the form of cyber attacks and discussed the importance of good “cyber hygiene.”

Task force members include Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and other high-ranking state, county and federal officials.

 

 

 

Wed
15
Jan
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Data on concert shows need for transparency

After years of delays and court challenges, the city of McAllen on Tuesday finally released information on how much of taxpayers’ money it paid singer Enrique Iglesias to appear at the 2015 holiday parade.

If anything, the information strengthens the argument for transparency.

With few exceptions, all information about government expenses must be public, and the reason is obvious: When the money is taken by force from taxpayers, they have a right to know how it’s being used.

The city based its refusal to provide the information on a 2015 state Supreme Court ruling that severely broadened the kind of information that could be exempted from the Texas Public Information Act in the name of protecting market secrets.

 

 

 

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Wed
15
Jan
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The Greenlash Has Begun

The Greenlash Has Begun

Ladies and gentlemen, the Greenlash has begun. All along the urban/rural interface the peasants are revolting. Those who used to cuss the farmer now flock to farmer’s markets.

They cursed cows until the cow pastures were filled with grapes sucking up all the water, so now they want the cows back. They hated fossil fuels, so they bought into the hybrid and electric car craze only to discover that the electricity that powered their car came from coal, natural gas or oil. They wanted all the dams torn down until they realized they were what lit their homes and powered their Prius.

Those who destroyed the ranching, mining, fishing and timber industries now bemoan the shortage of affordable housing and the dearth of gold and silver that make their I-phones work. They complained about the high cost of beef and salmon steaks until they realized they were the ones who over-regulated the cowboys and fishermen to death.

Wed
15
Jan
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor,

I have not forgotten the summer of 2015 when CCCCSD hired a chemical company to spray unwanted vegetation around the alleyway between Avenue H and I. The chemical killed several oak trees along that alleyway, including a 30 something oak tree we had planted when we moved to Ozona. It was a very windy day and the spray went carelessly everywhere to places it was not included. The green leaves immediately began to fall from the tree. All affected were advised to sock the water to them which we did to no avail. As soon as a leaf appeared, it fell like leaves in the fall. There are a few of us left who remember the chemical fiasco at the Civic Center, which killed all of the tree there.

 

 

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Wed
08
Jan
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A banner year for Texas in Washington

A banner year for Texas in Washington

U.S SENATOR GUEST COLUMN

With the first partisan impeachment vote since the Civil War complete, the spotlight will now shift to the U.S. Senate. Taking part in an impeachment trial is a solemn responsibility, and one I take extraordinarily seriously. But beneath the never-ending stream of headlines about impeachment, it’s been easy to miss the stories about everything else happening in Washington. This was a busy year, and together, we’ve notched a lot of wins for Texas.

Last week, Congress passed two major pieces of legislation to strengthen America’s military. The defense funding bill will provide a nearly $20 billion increase over last year’s funding levels, 98 new F-35 aircraft, which will be built by Texans in Fort Worth, and the largest pay raise in a decade for our troops.

Wed
08
Jan
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It is possible to start a business without any capital

It is possible to start a business without any capital

BUSINESS TIPS

As an advisor, I see many businesses of all shapes and sizes. Typically, when I meet with a startup venture the main topic of discussion is financing.

However, like many ideas, it takes not only an innovative and well thought out plan but some capital as well. There are however ways to reach your goal of one day owning your own business. This may mean taking your idea and reverse engineering your path to success.

Wed
01
Jan
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Inside Out

Inside Out

There really are only two kinds of people in this world, those who prefer being inside and those who prefer being outside. I have devised this little test to see which kind you are.

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Wed
01
Jan
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Here’s to 2019!

Here’s to 2019!

CATTLEMAN'S COLUMN

With Thanksgiving and Christmas just finished and the new year just ahead, the holiday season is a great time to reflect on the past year and start thinking about the road ahead.

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