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Tue
15
Apr
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LBJ School hosts civil rights summit

AUSTIN — President Barack Obama and former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush spoke at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library’s Civil Rights Summit, held April 8-10 in Austin. The summit marked the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s efforts culminating in Congress’ passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Johnson’s signing the bill into law on July 2, 1964.
 
Tue
15
Apr
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It's about time

Some aspect of time steals quietly into our psyche in all conscious moments, and our use or abuse of it is central to much poetry, lyrics, scripts, conversations— you name it. Time, we’ve long claimed, is—or is not—on our side. Though it deserves unending respect, its import is easily kicked to the side, like a soft drink can on life’s highway.
 
Tue
08
Apr
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Big Bend National Park – a national priority

Big Bend, my childhood playground, is the story of beauty told through millions of years of volcanic activity and constant erosion. Visitors can hike along paths once covered by ocean, and catch a glimpse of rare birds or Mexican black bears, themselves vacationing at the park  
 
Tue
08
Apr
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Fear Of Feathers

I’ve made a career of making fun of chickens and the people who raise them. I take some small degree of pride and pleasure in the fact that my second best-selling book was the I Hate Chicken Cookbook! And I really do. Hate  chicken, that is. As a writer I’ve made no secret of the fact that I think all fowl are foul 
 
Tue
01
Apr
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Out Of Order

The accused entered the court room wearing on orange jump suit, with his arms shackled to his waist. He looked for his wife’s friendly face amongst the angry crowd while outside the courthouse the police and the National Guard kept an angry crowd at bay. They carried signs that read, “Free Food” and “Down With Ag”. 
 
Tue
01
Apr
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Taking care of veterans - a must

Few jobs if any jobs contribute more to our safety as a nation than service in the military. Literally, our troops protect our lives and all we hold dear. In return, our country must maintain for every  veteran an ongoing commitment
to their health care. Our VA system has a long way to go, and the VA must adapt quickly to modernize itself and meet the needs of a new generation of veterans while keeping its promise to care for our more elderly veterans. 
 
Tue
25
Mar
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Look for hard, soft skills in hiring employees

When hiring employees sometimes we find ourselves in a bind on what to put more emphasis on, soft or hard skills? The perfect combination is ideal but often difficult. For many job positions hard skills will be the area to focus but for many  other businesses related to customer services or sales, soft skills might become paramount to make a decision when hiring. 
 
Tue
25
Mar
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Coaching beyond the game

The stillest water at greatest depth has much in common with a recent retiree at Sul Ross State University in Alpine. Dr. Chet Sample also runs deep, having provided exemplary leadership that encouraged scholarship ahead
of intercollegiate athletics.  
 
Tue
18
Mar
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Women farmers - a growing trend in Texas

During Women's History Month, we recognize the generations of women who shaped our society through their tireless work and commitment to family and community. Among these women are female farmers who tamed Texas and survived by living off the land.   
 
Tue
18
Mar
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Agencies must update FOIA regulations

This Sunshine Week, the National Security Archive is  reporting that 50 out of 101 agencies have not updated their FOIA regulations since the OPEN Government Act of 2007. Even fewer have updated since President Obama committed to improving the FOIA in 2009. One, the Federal Trade Commission, hasn’t updated its regulations since 1975! Luckily, the House of Representatives and the White House are, belatedly, taking up the case. 
 

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