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Tue
11
Sep
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Fighting for healthcare in rural communities

By WILL HURD

Do you ever need to make a phone call, but can’t get cell service? Or need to see a doctor, but the closest physician who can provide the care you need is over a hundred miles away? Unfortunately, these are real burdens that hundreds of thousands of folks I represent in rural South and West Texas experience each day and the reason why I continue to fight for increased access to vital services for all constituents, no matter where they live.

In today’s increasingly connected world, we can have the power to access information at our fingertips. However, today’s innovative technologies aren’t useful if you can’t get cell service, WiFi or reliable electricity.

 

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Tue
11
Sep
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Show us the money, let us see how tax dollars are spent

By KELLY SHANNON

It’s quite simple, really.

We Texans have a right to know how our taxpayer dollars are spent.

It’s our money. We, the people, choose our government. Our elected public officials represent us. They manage and spend our tax money. But we, the people, get to decide whether they are doing it well.

To do that, we need light shining on the workings of our government. But that essential element of our democracy is in jeopardy in Texas.

 

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Tue
04
Sep
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Giants who wouldn’t pull rank

By IDLE AMERICAN DON NEWBURY

 

Sometimes, selfless decisions are made without fanfare, yet come to light years later. We’re running short on noble decisions of late, yet those made decades ago by two prominent Arizonans--both affectionately “adopted”--are noteworthy. Senator John McCain’s recent death resulted in much reflection on his life of service to his country, including his imprisonment in Viet Nam for more than five years. When captors realized his prominence, they saw great public relations value in releasing him soon after imprisonment. He immediately balked, indicating that he would wait his turn. And he did,

 

Tue
04
Sep
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Flores best candidate for State Senate District 19

By ELECTION ENDORSEMENT

 

Early voting for the special runoff election begins next week, Sept. 10. This election, for State Senator for Senate District 19, is in many ways, the most important election in the history of the Senate District, especially for Republicans. Republicans, now is the time to step up.

 

Now is the time to stay strong! Now is the time to become warriors for Peter Flores who is a candidate for that office. As many of you know, Peter Flores retired as a Colonel Game Warden, Director of Law Enforcement in 2012. That position is the CHIEF Game Warden in the entire State of Texas – no small feat for a country fella from Laredo, Texas. Peter rose to the top of his field through hard work, a straight moral compass, and ethics that transcended cronyism. Peter Flores is not a career politician; rather he has been a career public servant and it is in that spirit that he seeks to represent the citizens of Senate District 19.

 

Tue
28
Aug
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Homeowners - Be wary of homestead exemption offers

By  BBB COLUMN

 

Mailboxes of new homeowners are often flooded with letters from companies looking to cash in on things you might need, like lawn care services or cable. Included in all the mail solicitations could be a letter offering to register you for a homestead exemption — for a fee. Recently a warning about this solicitation was issued by the Texas Attorney General’s Office. The official looking letter is titled, “Designation of Homestead Request Form” and its format looks similar to legitimate homestead exemption applications.

Homeowners who receive it are instructed to complete the form and send it in along with a payment to file the exemption. What appears to be a letter from an actual government agency is really a craftily designed solicitation. Homestead Recording Service is not a government agency, nor is it associated with any taxing authority

 

Tue
21
Aug
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Beginning Sept. 21, consumers can freeze their credit reports

By DEZARAY JOHNSON

In this digital age, we use technology to access all areas of our life. Everything from Google home and Alexa controlling our thermostat to online banking. Because of this more and more of our personal information is subject to online predictors. At this point, we have to work to protect ourselves. The Federal Trade Commission has helped us to implement procedures to assist in keeping our information safe.

In May, a new federal law, Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act was passed. Beginning Sept. 21, you will be able to Freeze your credit file.

 

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Tue
21
Aug
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The Stockman has an app! Read about our new way to receive news!

By MELISSA PERNER

Tue
14
Aug
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Newspapers: more than meets the eye

By BRENNA HALE

When I began my internship in June, I was amazed by how much work and time goes into publishing our weekly paper.

My first day of work was a Tuesday, so it was paper day for The Ozona Stockman.

Learning the six-step process that develops the pages of our paper onto plates that are ready to be fitted onto the press was one of the most interesting parts of my job.

 

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Tue
14
Aug
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Newsprint tariffs hurt small town newspapers

By ANDREW JOHNSON

It isn’t that easy to drop everything in the middle of the week and fly to Washington. If you’re a community newspaper publisher, going anywhere in the middle of the week is a challenge.

That is when the newspaper has to be edited, wrapped up in color, printed, labeled and distributed to readers.

 

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Tue
07
Aug
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Hurricane Harvey-affected campuses receive special evaluations

By Ed Sterling | Texas Press Association

 

AUSTIN — Some 109 independent school districts and charters directly affected by Hurricane Harvey are eligible for special evaluation in this year’s state accountability system, the Texas Education Agency announced Aug. 1. Based on data reported to the agency during the past school year, the affected districts and charters encompass some 1,188 eligible campuses. Among the submitted data are the numbers of displaced students and teachers and the impact on local school facilities and instructional time. Hurricane Harvey criteria announced in June represents a change to storm-related accountability adjustments when compared to prior

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