Columns/Opinions

Fri
03
Apr

For military personel it’s all cut and dry

The U.S. Military lives by a set of specific laws that apply to all members. This set of laws is called the Uniform Code of Military Justice and it is pretty cut and dry. As an officer, or enlisted you are taught these laws in boot camp, you live these
laws and for many, continue to live these laws long after your service is complete.
 
Fri
27
Mar

House passes human trafficking, border security bills

Bills to address the illegal importation and exploitation of persons and to protect the state’s border with Mexico moved through the Texas House last week. They were the first major statewide legislation to be approved by the body since Jan. 13, the opening day of the 140-day session.   
 
Fri
27
Mar

Spring is in the air

The smell of fresh cut grass permeates the air. The sounds of mowers and children playing can be heard in the background. But, you can still hear the quiet gurgling of the new water fountain in the fish pond at Ruben Gomez Eastside Park.  
 
Fri
20
Mar

Lawmakers seek to control elements of state spending

Debates over the Texas House and Senate versions of the state budget lie ahead, and movement toward setting budget controls to blend into a final, agreedupon budget for 2016-2017 emerged in low-numbered bills filed last week
 
Fri
20
Mar

Rail Safety is for everyone

The Hearne Chamber has purchased several new shovels for use at future groundbreakings. Hearne’s Ace Hardware was kind enough to paint them gold before delivering them to the chamber.
 
Fri
13
Mar

Senate bills set stage for tax, debt relief

A trio of leading Texas 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.
 
Fri
13
Mar

The changing face of Hearne A decade of progress

“There’s been more  growth in Hearne in the past ten years than I’ve seen in my lifetime,” commented a longtime Hearne resident. “We must be doing something right.” Consider these past decade additions: AMA’s, Holiday Inn Express, and St. Joseph Family Medicine welcome visitors to town.
 
Fri
06
Mar

Senate panel passes legislation to fund state highways

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.
 
Fri
27
Feb

Governor gives lawmakers his state budget priorities

On Feb. 17, Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his first State of the State address during a joint session of the Texas House and Senate and released his recommendations for the two-year 2016- 2017 state budget. In his 43-page Governor’s Budget document, Abbott said he aims to: “Constrain the size and growth of government. Reduce agency spending. Suspend,  reduce, and eliminate unnecessary taxes and fees.
 
Fri
27
Feb

Political agenda top order for council

As a business owner in Hearne, a constant state of frustration looms whenever the topic of the Hearne City Council is brought up. Over the past two years, our city government has been in the national media spotlight, set precedence at a court in Waco, littered local television stations with lots of headlines none of which were favorable and remains an embarrassment to local businesses.
 

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