Columns/Opinions

Thu
23
Apr

Senate passes version of 2016-2017 state budget

AUSTIN — The Texas Senate on April 14 passed its version of the 2016-2017 state budget. Because the House- and Senate-approved budgets are $1.6 billion apart, five Senate members and five House members will be appointed to a conference committee to resolve differences. The Senate’s version of the budget totals $211 billion in state and federal funds to pay for state services over the nexttwo fiscal years. Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, who spearheaded the writing of the legislation,   said the budget is one that “will keep our state strong,  prosperous and compassionate.”

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Thu
23
Apr

Advance from fast food to earn a better wage

Fast food workers rallied throughout the country Wednesday to demand wages of $15 an hour — more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25. A demand for tax breaks would have make more sense. Reporters interviewed wage protesters and relayed the hardships endured by Americans cooking and serving cheap food in return for meager pay.“It’s hard to provide for my daughters with $8.75 (an hour),” said Jumal Tarver, a 36-year-old McDonald’s worker in Manhattan, N.Y. 

 

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Tue
21
Apr

Letter to the Editor

For over 40 years, many others including myself have fought vigorously to change the political atmosphere of this county/and the state.
Thu
16
Apr

Senate passes bill to remake Public Integrity Unit

AUSTIN — Statewide authority to investigate and prosecute public corruption would be moved out of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office under Senate Bill 10, legislation approved  y the Senate on April 9.

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Thu
16
Apr

,Apple a day may not keep the doctor away

Say it ain’t so. Don’t disillusion us by spoiling one of the most repeated and honored of adages. Unfortunately, there’s no preventing it. Research findings published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine cast doubt on whether an apple a day keeps the doctor away. 

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Thu
09
Apr

House passes state budget after long debate

AUSTIN — After 17 hours of floor debate and hundreds of amendments considered, the Texas House of Representatives on April 1 passed House Bill 1, a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 that appropriates $209.8 billion.  

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Thu
09
Apr

Drivers don’t need any distractions

The evidence continues to mount in the argument against using cellphones while driving. A new study finds that distractions play a huge role in teen drivers’ crashes. And the distractions come from sources that shouldn’t surprise anyone at this point: conversations with passengers and talking on cellphones.

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Thu
02
Apr

House, Senate continue with primary task: adopting budget

The House Appropriations Committee on March 24 unanimously approved the General Appropriations Act (House Bill 1) — the first hurdle toward passing a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. The committee’s chair, stateRep. John Otto, R-Dayton, and the 27-member committee’s  work earned the praise of House Speaker Joe Straus, who said HB 1 is “a responsible,  disciplined plan that sets the right priorities for a growing state. It addresses education and transportation, it increases transparency and it will allow the House to provide meaningful  tax relief.” 

 

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Thu
02
Apr

Time to be aware of two-wheelers

You’ll begin to see more and more motorcycles and bicycles on the roads and highways as the weather warms. Some sort of public safety announcement should be made this time of year to alert drivers to be aware of their counterparts. We shouldn’t perceive two-wheelers to be menacing travelers. They are entitled to drive on the roads if they are licensed to do so.

 

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Tue
31
Mar

Senior Beach Blanket Bingo set for May 5

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Family and Consumer Science Agent Fallon Foster along with the Committee on Aging would like to invite the Senior Citizens to our 46thAnnual Senior Citizens Rally Day

 

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