Columns/Opinions

Fri
03
Jul

Officials react to decision on federal health care law

Pursuant to a 6-3 decision by the United States Supreme Court on June 25, health insurance policies will stay on course for Texans who secured coverage through a federally facilitated exchange under the U.S. Affordable Care Act.
 
Fri
03
Jul

Though no laughing matter but it’s kind of funny

The world according to Webster’s Dictionary: Marriage — noun 1. The legally or formally recognized union of a man and a woman (or, in some jurisdictions, two people of the same sex) as partners in a relationship. “a happy marriage”
 
Fri
26
Jun

Governor makes final decisions on bills passed by Legislature

Governor Greg Abbott on June 20 completed the task of reviewing all bills that were passed by the Texas Legislature. He had until midnight on June 21 to get the job done. 
 
Fri
26
Jun

Heritage or hate? You tell me.

It never seems to fail to make the news — the confederate battle flag, otherwise known as the rebel flag. Seen by some as a symbol of hate, others a symbol of heritage and from a historians position, just another flag in a long line of flags flown for a war. 
 
Fri
19
Jun

Federal court of appeals rules on abortion law

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals  for the Fifth Circuit on June 9 upheld the constitutionality of House Bill 2, the state abortion law revised by the Texas Legislature in a July 2013 special session.
 
Fri
19
Jun

New bid; one Trump

You have heard it before, the question that makes the rounds on social media, morning talk shows and late night monologues, “will Donald Trump run for President?
 
Fri
12
Jun

Governor decides fates of bills passed by Legislature

Governor Greg Abbott has until June 21 to give bills recently passed by the Texas Legislature his final consideration before signing them, letting them take effect without his signature or vetoing them.
 
Fri
12
Jun

Past transportation projects

The remnants of a series of concrete locks are still visible in the Brazos River just north of where the FM485 Bridge crosses it. These were built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about 100 years ago, between 1910 and 1920.
 
Fri
05
Jun

The power of fur

By Dennis Phillips

It’s hard to imagine what humans are capable of doing to animals. You see the stories; they flood the Internet, mainstream
media and even within a community. In my years of doing this job I have had the unfortunate duty to report cases of animal cruelty.
 
Fri
05
Jun

Legislature passes budget as session wraps up

By Ed Sterling; TPA

Four days before the June 1 end of the 84th regular session of the Texas Legislature, both houses finally agreed after months of deliberation on a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. A 10-member conference committee worked
out differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget. The House vote on final adoption of House Bill 1 was 115 ayes to 33 nays; the Senate vote was 30-1. HB 1 awaits approval by Gov. Greg Abbott.
 

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