Columns/Opinions

Fri
19
Dec

A great escape proved possible

By Dennis Phillips
 
Very little is really known about the three-man escape from America’s infamous Alcatraz Prison in 1962. More than 50 years ago, Clarence Anglin, John William Anglin and Frank Lee are believed by some to have done what prison officials from 1934 to 1962 had said was impossible; escape from Alcatraz State Penitentiary.
 
Fri
19
Dec

Panel sets $7 billion minimum for Rainy Day Fund

By Ed Sterling
 
On Dec. 11, a Senate-House joint committee empanelled to adopt a sufficient balance for the state’s “rainy day fund” approved $7 billion as the floor for it. Properly titled the Economic Stabilization Fund, the oil and gas tax-fueled pool of money was created by constitutional amendment in 1988 when oil was selling as low as $10 a barrel, causing state coffers to run thin.
 
Fri
12
Dec

Before I get to Christmas

With the holidays fast approaching, it is easy to overlook the little things, and if you are not careful the big things too.
First I want to acknowledge the accomplishments of the Robertson County Football teams
 
Fri
12
Dec

Perry directs state agencies to screen employees

Gov. Rick Perry on Dec. 3 ordered state agencies to check the employment eligibility of current and prospective employees by using E-Verify, an Internet-based system that allows employers to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.
 
Thu
04
Dec

Suspected shooter dies in confrontation with police officer

Police responded to reports of gunfire in the capital city’s downtown area around 2 a.m. on Nov. 28. An estimated 100 shots
were fired in about 10 minutes, hitting buildings including the Mexican consulate, police headquarters and the federal court building.
 
Thu
04
Dec

Bad taste and bad form Mrs. Lauten

There are just things that are unwritten in this world, and verbally attacking children is one of them. It is bad form to point a judgmental finger at the children of political figures, especially those in the first family.
 
Thu
27
Nov

Washington D.C. mayor for life dies at 78

By Dennis Phillips
 
Former Mayor of Washington Marion Barry has died. Barry passed away on Sunday and the cause of death is unreleased at this time. Barry was elected four times as Mayor to a city that embraced his work for the “common man” and was named Mayor for life. Barry’s political career was surrounded by controversy, including a 1990 drug sting operation that sent Barry to jail for six months. The FBI and Washington Police Department in a hotel room filmed Barry smoking a crack pipe, but that conviction would not stop the outspoken leader.
 
Thu
27
Nov

Perry, Abbott react to Obama’s announcement on immigration

By Ed Sterling
 
Fri
21
Nov

Spigot is open: Flow of legislative bills, resolutions begins

On Nov. 10, dozens among Texas’ 31 state senatoors and 150 state representatives, including a few members-elect who won’t be sworn for nearly two months, jumped right in and filed legislative bills in advance of the 84th regular session of the
Texas Legislature, which convenes on Tuesday, Jan. 13 
 
Fri
21
Nov

Year around is the season for giving

In my career I have been blessed to met and interact on a community level with many different people. I have met the famous, from Stevie Ray Vaughn, President George Bush and former Gov. Ann Richards, just to drop a name or two, but the
real blessings in my career is when I get to met someone that should be famous, for their deeds and the life story they share with those around them
 

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