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Thu
04
Jun

Stay on your guard for identity thieves

In most cases, a determined thief is a successful thief, and the digital age has opened a whole new arena for thieves to practice their cunning. In addition to stolen and forged checks, identity theft and fraud have become regular occurrences.
 
Tue
02
Jun

Big Thicket invites visitors on a Fungi Foray

Big Thicket National Preserve and the Big Thicket Association invite members of the public to be part of a immersive opportunity, as civilian scientists,to participate in fungal research and specimen collection. Fungi researcher David Lewis will lead a research trip in the Lance Rosier Unit of Big Thicket National Preserve on Saturday, June 13, 2015, to collect and document mushroom species. Participants   

 

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Thu
28
May

Greeley goes west to warm Texas welcome

The New Orleans Picayune in a May 27, 1871 editorial echoed  he same concern Horace  reeley expressed about his trip to Houston, when the New York publisher wrote, “I go to Texas reluctantly.” The Crescent City newspaper hoped “nothing will occur during the expected visit to thesouthwestern section that may mar his pleasure or leave upon his memory an impression derogatory   

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Thu
28
May

Obama’s ISIS strategy under fire

A “setback.” That’s how the Obama administration understated the fall of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, whichlies just 70 miles west of Baghdad. We hardly think it a mere setback that the so-called Islamic State gained control of Ramadi this past weekend. 

 

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Thu
21
May

Agreement on state budget evades House, Senate

AUSTIN — June 1 is thelast day of the 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature. From now until then is  all the time that remains for the House and Senate to decide if they’re going to agree on a 2016-2017 state budget. Both chambers could be ordered to meet around the clock until an agreed-upon budget is passed, if House Speaker Joe Straus and/or Lt.Gov. Dan Patrick deem it necessary or worthwhile. Any proposed agreement would originate in a House Bill 1 conference committee composed of five House members and five Senate members. House members are: Appropriations Committee Chair John Otto, R-Dayton and Vice Chair Sylvester Turner, DHouston; Trent Ashby, RLufkin; Sarah Davis, R-Houston;and Larry Gonzales, RRound Rock. 

 

Thu
21
May

McCain joins waste watchers

Last month, these pages related the findings of Oklahoma Republican Rep. Steve Russell’s “Waste Watch” report, which continued the tradition of former Oklahoma senator and government watchdog Tom Coburn’s annual “Wastebook” reports by highlighting examples of government waste. The inaugural edition of “Waste Watch” identified 10 examples of government waste totaling $117 million. 

 

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Thu
07
May

House, Senate produce disparate versions of tax relief

AUSTIN — Legislation approved by the House and Senate last week reveal widely differing views on how to bring about tax relief to Texans in fiscal years 2016 and 2017. Speaker Joe Straus lauded the preliminary approval of House Bill 31, legislation to reduce the state sales tax from 6.25 percent to 5.95 percent, resulting in a$2.66 billion revenue decrease, and House Bill 32, legislation cutting the franchise tax paid by many businesses by 25 percent and resulting in a statewide revenue decrease of $2.56 billion. Both bills were written by House Ways and Means Chair Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, along with several members credited as coauthors.

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Thu
07
May

Stop the ‘Global Warming’ hysteria now

The nation's real gross domestic product in the first quarter of this year grew by  a disappointing 0.2 percent annual rate, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Wednesday. Jason Furman, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, attributed the economy's underwhelming performance to "notably harsh winter weather" during the first three months of 2015.

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Tue
05
May

RobertViator Jr.

To the voter’s of the city of Vidor: When I ran for city council of ward 6 in 2013 there was no line item in the city budget for road repair, even though the mayor had been in place for two years at that
Fri
01
May

House, Senate state budget conferees roll up sleeves

AUSTIN — With barely more than a month left in the regular session of the Texas Legislature, it’s time for the House and Senate to do whatever can be done to reach an all-points agreement on House Bill 1, the state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 
 

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