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17
Apr
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Keeping cool and finding trustworthy AC repair

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BBB COLUMN

Slowly but surely, that famous Texas heat is returning, and will be back in full force before we know it. It’s important to be prepared in case you begin experiencing problems with your air conditioning unit or just need a preventative maintenance check.

According to energy.gov, furnaces and air conditioners need their filters cleaned and changed every couple of months. A dirty filter can also increase energy costs and damage equipment. So, while your allergies may be caused by cedar or mold, regularly maintaining your home’s heating and cooling systems can improve the air quality of your home, cut energy costs and help alleviate allergies.

Common air conditioner problems include a low or leaking refrigerant, issues with the thermostat, a clogged drain or a dirty filter.

 

 

Wed
10
Apr
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United Way of the Concho Valley supporting West Texas

UNITED WAY

Here are two reasons I give to the United Way of the Concho Valley: Breadth. And depth.

After months of painstakingly reviewing grant applications, visiting local and area nonprofits, and thoroughly vetting those organizations, the United Way has agreed to contribute $755,000 to 19 programs administered by 16 agencies.

Those groups include the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Angelo and Menard, the Children’s Advocacy Center, the Concho Valley Regional Food Bank, the local family shelter, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of the Concho Valley, The Ozona Community Center, West Texas Counseling and Guidance, and the YMCA. The full list is available for viewing at uwconhcovalley.org .

Wed
10
Apr
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Russia is a threat: ‘We can’t fall into their trap of eroding trust in our democratic institutions’

HURD ON THE HILL

Here’s something you won’t hear on cable news: Special Counsel Robert Mueller, our intelligence community and Republicans and Democrats in Congress all agree that Russia is a threat. For over two years in Congress, I’ve fought for my friends in the intelligence community as a member of the House Intelligence Committee. Russia has been a primary focus of the Committee’s work because of repeated and persistent attempts by Vladimir Putin to challenge international norms and undermine the United States and our allies. Russia has one goal: to erode trust in our democratic institutions.

Wed
03
Apr
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What about food sensitivities and allergies?

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HERE'S TO YOUR HEALTH

The symptoms of food intolerance or sensitivities, and food allergy are similar, but the differences between the two are significant. Eating a food to which you are intolerant can leave you feeling badly but a true food allergy could be life-threatening.

A food intolerance response takes place in the digestive system. It occurs when you are unable to properly breakdown the food. This could be due to enzyme deficiencies, sensitivity to food additives, genetic expressions, or reactions to naturally occurring chemicals in foods. Often, people can eat small amounts of the food without causing problems.

According to an article by Ryan Andrews, MS, MA, RD, RYT, CSCS, appearing on the Precision Nutrition website, “A food intolerance, or a food sensitivity occurs when a person has difficulty digesting a particular food. This can lead to symptoms such as intestinal gas, abdominal pain or diarrhea.

 

 

Wed
03
Apr
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House, Senate continue to move closer to passing budget

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STATE CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

AUSTIN — Last week, with 60 days remaining until the end of the 140-day regular session of the 86th Texas Legislature, the House and Senate vaulted closer toward finalizing a state budget.

On March 27, the House of Representatives voted 149-0 in favor of HB 1, its version of the state budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. The lower chamber’s bill allocates some $251 billion to cover the two years and puts $9 billion more than the current budget into education reform, including a teacher pay increase and pension funding, and property tax reform.

SB 1, the Senate’s version of the state budget, is scheduled for more early-April hearings in the Senate Finance Committee before coming to a Senate floor vote.

 

 

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Wed
03
Apr
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The Cuddling Kind

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LEE PITTS

Every once in awhile I’ll hear about an idea that makes me slap my forehead and say, “I wish I’d have thought of that.” Cow cuddling is one of those ideas.

According to writer Linnea Zielinski, people are paying big money to cuddle and play with cows. She says it’s all part of something called “animal centric holistic health.”

To which I say, “Huh?”

Linnea says that cow cuddling is for people who just can’t get into meditation and she insists that cuddling with a cow will slow down your heart rate. “They will pick up on what’s going inside and sense if you are happy, sad, feel lost, anxious or are excited and they will respond to that without judgement, ego or agenda.” She also says cows are sensitive and intuitive characters.

 

 

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Wed
03
Apr
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Making a better Texas

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PETER FLORES

We have passed the halfway point of the 86th Texas Legislature; under 70 days remain to make a better Texas. Through my work as a Texas Senator, I try to embody Sam Houston’s definition of leadership: “A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under.”

That’s my goal this Legislative session: leave Texas better than I found it. In this effort, the Texas Senate has already passed almost 30 bills––most with unanimous approval. I was a coauthor on six of those bills (Senate Bills 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, and 12).

Senate Bill 500, the supplemental appropriations bill, was among the bills with unanimous support. This appropriation comes on top of the general appropriations bill we are crafting in Senate Finance Committee. Every session, this bill gives the legislature the opportunity to address specific issues the state is facing with onetime appropriations.

 

 

Wed
27
Mar
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Air pollution from Deer Park tank fire sparks lawsuit

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STATE CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

AUSTIN — Images of a stream of billowing dark smoke drew the nation’s attention last week to a fire that engulfed 11 petrochemical storage tanks at the Intercontinental Terminals Company about 15 miles southeast of Houston in Deer Park.

On March 17, Gov. Greg Abbott ordered that all state resources be made available to local and industry officials and urged residents to heed the warnings of local officials. Governmental bodies in nearby affected areas ordered residents to shelter in place because of concerns about unhealthy air quality. Deer Park Independent School District and other districts canceled classes for several days.

Wed
27
Mar
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Watermelon People

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IT’S THE PITTS

In today’s society where up is down, right is wrong, man is woman and woman is man, the biggest lie of all is that the folks who live in huge, crowded cities with polluted air and constant noise are the environmentalists and you who live under clear skies and the only noise is created by a cow, a cricket, or a coyote are somehow evil defilers of the environment. What has the world come to when all you have to do to be green is write a check once a year to the Sierra Club, fret about the ozone layer and have a bumper sticker on your car that says, “Bring back the bison, sing back the swan?”

Wed
27
Mar
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Some of the secrets of Texas government aren’t supposed to be secrets

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STATE ANALYSIS

The desire to keep government open and transparent, so that the rest of us can look in there and see what’s going on, is often in tension with the preference for secrecy common to people in high places — or low ones.

That second urge is natural: Lots of people want to peek in the neighbor’s house, but most don’t like it when their neighbors peek.

The first urge is important. You ought to be able to see what elected and appointed officials see when they’re making decisions: who they’re talking to and about what, what they’re reading, what their aides are telling them, which lobbyists and contractors and other favor-seekers are lurking.

 

 

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