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Tue
05
Nov
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Saluting veterans, active military

Day is done, gone the sun, From the lake, from the hills, from the sky; All is well, safely rest, God is nigh. Fading light, dims the sight, And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright. From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night. Thanks and praise, for our days, 'Neath the sun, 'neath the stars, neath the sky; As we go, this we know, God is nigh. Sun has set, shadows come, Time has fled, Scouts must go to their beds Always true to the promise that they made.
 
Tue
05
Nov
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Appeals court grants stay in abortion law case

AUSTIN — A three-judge panel of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Oct. 31 granted the state an emergency stay, allowing a certain contested portion of the Texas abortion law to remain in effect for the time being. The action stems from a case brought by Planned Parenthood Greater Texas Surgical Health Services and more than a dozen other plaintiff entities and individuals who filed suit to stop the state from enforcing two new portions in  the abortion law, Chapter 171 of the state Health and Safety Code. 
 
Tue
05
Nov
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Free For All

We have an annual Halloween ritual in which my wife buys three bags of Halloween candy knowing full well that we NEVER, EVER, get trick or treaters. Then she says, “Oh, well I guess I’ll just have to eat it myself.” (As if  she’s making a big sacrifice.) The reason we don’t get trick or treaters is because we live on a very steep hill on the edge of a state park where all sorts of frightening things are found, like bears, mountain lions and Sierra Club  members. We miss seeing all the cute little tikes in their costumes so this year we invited ourselves to some friend’s house for Halloween where they said we could answer the door and hand out candy. 
 
Tue
29
Oct
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Businesses need to monitor their online reputation

America’s Funniest Home Video (AFV) has provided an opportunity for the general public to laugh at the antics of small children, goofy grandparents and funny animals. Now with the Internet, this type of video is available  nstantly through a myriad of online portals. 
 
Tue
29
Oct
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Public officials should acknowledge that Texas DREAM Act benefits all

W illiam B. Travis, one of Texas’ founding fathers, was an undocumented immigrant. Born in 1809 in South Carolina, he arrived in Texas—what was then northern Mexico—in 1831, after the Law of April 6, 1830, made his  mmigration illegal. The rest, of course, is history. Despite his undocumented status, he went on to become a prominent figure in Texas lore, sacrificing his life in 1836 as commander of Texas' forces defending the Alamo.  
 
Tue
29
Oct
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Early voting turnout looks strong

Texas voters will decide the fate of nine proposed amendments to the state constitution in the coming election. Early voting began Oct. 21 and runs through Nov. 1. Numbers reported Oct. 25 showed that voting is on track to  utpace turnout in recent elections. 
 
Tue
22
Oct
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For Proposition 6 - because we can't just wait for rain

Texas voters have an opportunity next month to give Mother Nature a helping hand. Proposition 6 on the Nov. 5 ballot would provide $2 billion from the rainy day fund to the State Water Plan, and voter approval represents the crucial first step in securing our economic future. 
 
Tue
22
Oct
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Federal shutdown ends but issues remain

AUSTIN — A federal shutdown arching over Texas and the rest of the nation since  Oct. 1 resulted in the temporary closure of many facilities and the furloughing of millions of employees. 
 
Tue
22
Oct
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Breast cancer awareness

Twenty-six years ago, the word “cancer” was often spoken in a whisper, as if saying it out loud invited the disease Americans then considered a death sentence. The words “breast cancer” was barely spoken at all, as if people's minds were working like those crude Internet filters that block any phrase containing the word “breast.” 
 
Tue
15
Oct
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Our free press has rights - and also responsibilities

T he First Amendment is very clear in its 45 words that it protects a “free press” along with our rights to religious freedom, free speech and the rights to assemble and petition. But the Founders, in effect, placed a responsibility on that free press in return for being the only profession named in the Bill of Rights: The news media were to be a “watchdog on government,” providing us with the facts, perspective and sometimes contrarian views that help citizens better chart the course of their government. 
 

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