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Tue
10
Mar
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Texas Senate bills set stage for tax, debt relief

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — A trio of powerful state senators, along with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, on March 5 jointly announced the filing of legislation they coauthored to cut taxes and pay off state debt. Patrick, who presides over the 31-member Senate, Senate Finance Chair Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound; Senate Business & Commerce Chair Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler; and Senate Finance Vice Chair Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, each delivered brief statements.

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Tue
10
Mar
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Then And Now

BY LEE PITTS

I'm starting to feel older than dirt. And I swear there is soil in our garden that I knew when it was rocks. Oh, how a few decades can change your outlook on life. At age 25... "Sure I can ride that horse. Haven't you got anything tougher than that?"

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Tue
03
Mar
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Senate panel passes legislation to fund state highways

AUSTIN — The Senate Transportation Committee on Feb. 25 tentatively approved two pieces of legislation that would take a portion of various motor vehicle related taxes and dedicate that money to road and bridge construction and maintenance. Senate Bill 5, enabling legislation, and Senate Joint Resolution 5, which would put a constitutional amendment on the November

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Tue
03
Mar
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Gaining competitive advantage, raving fans

Unless your business is in a monopolistic market, you are in competition with other businesses for your customers’ dollars. What is your (and your competitors’) ultimate goal? The answer is obvious: to gain competitive advantage. It is to be the choice of your customers. What strategies are you using to gain competitive advantage? Are you offering products not available to competitors through agreement with your vendor(s)? This is fairly common practice in local and regional markets and can be successful if it is a product or service in high demand. It can be especially successful when the product can’t be replaced by a comparable product from a different manufacturer or provider

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Tue
24
Feb
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Cattle Barons

Being a son of a proud member of the Daughter of the American Revolution it pains me to say this but the British played a big role in the founding of the range cattle industry in this country. Because the number one son in England inherited everything, the "bastard" sons occasionally got shipped here. I think it was kinda like being the middle child, of which I am one. The Brits wasted no time in trying to take back America by running their animals on free public rangelands.
 

 

Tue
24
Feb
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Education, a national priority

From kindergarten through college at Texas A&M, I’m a proud product of the Texas public education system. I was fortunate to attend schools with dedicated teachers and my parents took my education very seriously. But not every child is as lucky as I was. Many don’t have the same opportunities to learn from the best, preparing them for life and the chance to move up the ladder of success in our country. This is not only a travesty for these individuals; it’s bad news for our nation.
 
Tue
17
Feb
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What are your thoughts on vaccinations?

"My kids were vaccinated. So was I. I have a cousin who was left with brain damage and epilepsy after contracting measles at age six. The vaccine hadn't been invented yet. And my sister died from meningitis at age 13. Again no vaccine had been invented. I was only two at the time. She would have turned 67 today. Vaccinate... please." 
 
Tue
17
Feb
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Energy Security equals National Security

A little more than six years ago an application for the project  nown as the  Keystone XL Pipeline was filed with the U.S. government. A lot can happen in six years. We’ve seen amazing and useful inventions like the iPad hit the shelves.
 
Tue
10
Feb
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A budget that works for all Texans

by EVA DELUNA CASTRO
 
We have a great opportunity in Texas this legislative session. We can make schools stronger by hiring more teachers to ease overcrowded classrooms. We can ensure that more kids have access to quality health care. We can support community colleges, a key down payment on the workforce of tomorrow. And we have the money to do all of this responsibly while keeping our savings account flush. We’re a strong state, with a golden opportunity to prove that we value health and education. But we’re on track to squander this opportunity. Why?

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Tue
10
Feb
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Where is the common sense?

Dear Editor,

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