Columns/Opinions

Tue
21
Mar
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Putting the horse out to pasture

By LEE PITTS

I read an article by an economist that suggested in order to make a greater profit you should get rid of your horses and buy an ATV. Putting horses permanently out to pasture sounds like some diabolical PETA plan to me. Heck, the main reason I wanted to be a rancher in the first place was for the opportunity to climb aboard a horse on a regular basis.

It used to be the biggest coffee shop debate was between calf tables versus dragging calves to the fire. Now it's horses versus ATV's. While I admit to being in close proximity to a calf table once or twice, I've never owned an ATV. I'm sure my wife would like one and I can see a million instances where one might come in handy. But replace the horse? NEVER!

 

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Tue
21
Mar
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Session watch: bill filing for the 85th session ends

By CARLOS L. URESTI

The Legislature has passed the 60th day of the legislative session, which means bills that are not classified as emergency items can be heard and voted by the Senate from this point forward. Your definition of an emergency item may not be the same as your neighbor, but ultimately it's the Governor that has the final say on what is an emergency item. When an issue is important to your constituency, it’s always an emergency item, and I look forward to debating and voting on a number of important bills that have been filed to benefit our children, our families, and our state.

 

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Tue
14
Mar
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Do The Math

By LEE PITTS

I'm often asked by young students what they should study in college in order to become a professional writer. If I was one perhaps I'd know. Other than the four mandatory years of English in high school I've never taken a writing class in my life. Never. Not one. And I'd bet that two of my favorite writers, Mark Twain and Will Rogers, never took a class in creative writing either. A teacher these days would give Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn an "F" for not being politically correct.

Since my older brother was a brilliant mathemagician, my mother insisted that I follow in his footsteps and take every math class my high school offered. By the time I also took two hours of ag classes a day, a lecture and a shop class, I didn't have any time left to take typing. Which is how I've made my living, two fingers at a time. Peck, peck, peck.

Tue
14
Mar
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Texas must act now to repair damage to Public Information Act

By SUNSHINE WEEK

We Texans are fortunate when it comes to access to government information.

Correction. We were fortunate.

For more than 40 years, Texas’ open records law was one of the nation’s strongest. The Texas Public Information Act, originating during a time of scandal in the early 1970s, presumes all government records are available to citizens, unless there’s a specific exception preventing release of the document.

 

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Tue
07
Mar
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Bring Back The Blobs

By LEE PITTS

Eighteen states have sued the feds over some new twists to the Endangered Species Act. A species no longer has to be few in number to be listed, only its habitat has to be "endangered". There might be trillions of some long-eared bat but if its habitat is "threatened" as deemed by the feds, the bat could be considered endangered. And it gets worse. According to the lawsuit, "The final rules allow the services to declare areas occupied critical habitat that are not occupied by the species and could not support the species were it moved there." In other words, a species can be listed as threatened or endangered in areas where there aren't any, and never were. They can also be considered endangered in places where they could not possibly survive. Under the new rules the Atlantic Ocean could be considered endangered habitat for tigers, even though tigers can't hold their breath underwater all that long.

Tue
07
Mar
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House, Senate approve bills to protect children in foster system

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Both houses of the Texas Legislature last week passed bills to improve the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in response to Gov. Greg Abbott's call for emergency action to improve child protection programs.

Tasked with protecting children, elders and people with disabilities from abuse, neglect and exploitation, the DFPS, part of the Texas Health and Human Commission, has attracted attention in recent years for inadequate funding and staffing to meet obligations.

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Tue
28
Feb
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Continuing to provide the gold standard

By WILL HURD

When not working in DC, you can find me traveling to one of the communities in the twenty-nine counties across the 23rd Congressional District of Texas, to meet with constituents and learn about the issues most important to you. Sometimes I stop in halfa- dozen or more towns before flying back to DC on Monday. Why is this so important? Because my job is to serve as your Representative, and hearing from you face-to-face allows me to better serve you.

 

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Tue
28
Feb
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Texans collaborate for private property rights

By RICHARD THORPE III

 

When you defend a philosophy and try to create change for the better, there will be opposition from those who have a different philosophy and from those who like things the way they are. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) leaders and many other Texasbased organizations have taken an aggressive, offensive approach to eminent domain reform in the 2017 session of the Texas Legislature. These organizations have formed the Texans for Property Rights coalition to better defend against the opposition that has already begun to emerge.

 

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Tue
21
Feb
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Emergency items hit the Senate floor

By CARLOS I. URESTI

As we complete the first month of the 85th Legislative Session, the Senate has passed several pieces of legislation relating to the Governor's emergency items. Bills that address those emergency items are the only bills that may be heard during the first 60 days of the legislative session.

This session, Governor Greg Abbot proclaimed 5 emergency items in his State of the State Address. A few items that were widely expected to be included, such as private school vouchers, were left off the list.

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Tue
21
Feb
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The Funnies

By LEE PITTS

As a youngster I never dreamed I'd one day make my living as a writer, but that doesn't mean I didn't hope to be syndicated in newspapers and magazines nationwide. What I really wanted to be was a cartoonist. There was only one problem... I can't draw. I know what you're thinking, I can't write either but that hasn't stopped me from being a cowy columnist.

I grew up on the funny papers. Although we really couldn't afford it, my mother always made sure we subscribed to two newspapers. She knew it was important for our education. All my life I've read three things religiously every day: the sports and business sections and the funnies. It's no accident that I grew up to be an entrepreneurial sports loving humorist.

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