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Mon
03
Jul
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Words matter: if we want our country to be better, we need to be better

By WILL HURD

When I was an undercover CIA officer, I served alongside real patriots. I got out of bed each day knowing that my colleagues and I were standing tall against those trying to harm America. For almost a decade, I was the guy in the back alleys at four o’clock in the morning chasing terrorists in groups like al-Qaeda, and collecting intelligence on threats to our homeland. Unfortunately, that’s not the only job I’ve had where the life of my friends and colleagues were threatened.

 

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Tue
27
Jun
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Old Crows and Wild Turkeys

By LEE PITTS

"Do you happen to know what kind of bird that is sitting on the back of your cow there?" asked the trespassing tourist, peering through a pair of high dollar binoculars.

"Around here we call them cow birds," I replied. "It is quite a common sight to see a bird dining on the back of a cow, proving the theory that two really can live as cheaply as one."

"Well, I'll have you know that I have traveled around the world looking at birds and I can tell you from experience that is not a Common Cowbird."

 

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Tue
27
Jun
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West Texas figures out why Abbott hates public schools

By LONN TAYLOR

Tue
20
Jun
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BBB offers advice for choosing the right summer camp for your child

By HEATHER MASSEY

Summer camp can be an exciting time in a kid’s life when memories and friendships made last a lifetime. Whether it’s a day camp, sports camp at a local university or a private overnight camp in the mountains, Better Business Bureau serving the Heart of Texas recommends that you research the camps you are considering.

According to the American Camp Association (ACA), more than 14 million children and adults attend camp each year, and there are more than 14,000 day and resident camps across the U.S. It’s great to have options, but with so many to choose from it can definitely be an intimidating task.

 

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Tue
20
Jun
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Procrastinate Now

By LEE PITTS

Today or not today, that is the question. Will you finally fix the toilet your wife has been nagging you about, or will you man-up, offer up a flimsy excuse and live to plunge another day?

I hate to admit this men, but I'm not a procrastinator. The only time I delay is if it involves the dentist, dusting, wallpapering, water heaters, or a new toilet. Other than that, I have the opposite problem. If my wife says one morning that we're gonna need a new refrigerator in the coming year, by supper time I'm plugging in our new side-by-side. I will have acted hastily and paid way too much for a worn out display-model of plastic and scrap iron and every day until that ugly sucker dies my wife will ask, "What kind of fool would buy such a thing?"

 

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Tue
13
Jun
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Lean state budget approved by legislature

On May 29, another 140-day term of the Texas Legislature came to an end. Working with less revenue, with shortfalls forecasted by the Texas Comptroller due to the economic downturn in oil and gas prices, the Legislature nonetheless put together another two-year state budget. The final version passed the House with the support of 135 members (with 14 Democrats voting against it).

Importantly, Texas law requires a balanced budget. Additionally, this 2018-2019 budget keeps state spending increases under population growth plus inflation, staying well below all constitutional spending limits.

 

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Tue
13
Jun
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Interim committee gives legislature a new chance to improve open government laws

By KIRK WATSON AND TODD HUNTER

Five of the most frightening words to hear from elected officials from all levels of government are these: “I’m all for transparency, but….”

The phrase following the “but” is usually an excuse to weaken government transparency, not protect it.

 

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Tue
06
Jun
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'Texas Miracle' comes down to earth

By ROSS RAMSEY

A “sanctuary city” immigration bill derided as a vehicle for institutional racism. A voter ID law designed to mollify a federal judge who found the existing law an example of intentionally discriminatory legislation. Redistricting maps repeatedly labeled intentionally discriminatory and unconstitutional by a number of other federal judges. Efforts to put more money into the public education system — and to lower local property taxes — died. So did an effort to leash local government property tax increases by requiring voter approval over hikes of a certain size.

Tue
06
Jun
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Tips to keep in mind when door-to-door sales representatives start knocking

By HEATHER MASSEY

This summer, Better Business Bureau serving the Heart of Texas advises you to be on guard the next time a sales representative knocks on your door. During the spring and summer months, home security systems or alarm businesses hire traveling sales agents to go door-to-door, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Tue
30
May
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Honoring those for making the most honorable sacrifice

By WILL HURD

With Fort Bliss to the West, Joint Base San Antonio to the East and Laughlin Air Force Base in between, the 23rd Congressional District of Texas has a very special relationship with our nation’s military. For Memorial Day, there is an abundance of parades, concerts and commemorative events to honor those who did not return home because they made the ultimate sacrifice - giving their lives to defend our freedoms.

For many people in my district, every day is a reminder of the parent, sibling, child or battle-buddy that traded their life to fulfill an oath to the United States of America. The impact of a life lost too soon does not end for these families once the three-day weekend is over. For them, they must continue on without a loving mother, a father to play catch with, or a brother to have their back. The tens of thousands of rolling gravestones at 135 National Cemeteries are a constant reminder of the souls who have laid down their lives for ours.

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