Columns/Opinions

Wed
10
Jun

Governor decides fate of bills passed by Legislature

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — 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. By June 1, the last day of the Legislature’s 84th regular session, some 819 House bills and 504 Senate bills earned final passage, plus two House Joint Resolutions and five Senate Joint Resolutions.
 

 

Wed
10
Jun

Together, we will push forward

By Roger Williams
 
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, we were delivered what we so desperately needed but far too much in far too short of time. In a cruel twist of fate, Texas is now recovering from the worst flooding in recent history. The last few weeks have been marked by death, destruction and disbelief. Loved ones have been lost. Houses, belongings and memories have been washed away.
 

 

Wed
03
Jun

Congress: What war powers?

If we are going to send U.S. forces into dangerous places, they need to go in with the public backing that comes from a formal authorization hammered out in Congress. A few weeks ago, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia made a small splash in the press when he took Congress to task for failing to authorize our nation’s ongoing war against Islamic militants.
 
Wed
27
May

Tax relief package jointly announced

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus on May 21 jointly announced a $3.8 billion tax relief package for Texas businesses and homeowners.
 

 

Wed
27
May

Honoring generations of Texas heroes

By John Cornyn
 
On Memorial Day, we honor the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our land of liberty. We pay tribute to a long list of American heroes—from those who fought and died to win our independence, to those who stormed the beaches at Normandy and the South Pacific to liberate millions from tyranny.
 

 

Wed
20
May

State budget remains focus during last days of session

AUSTIN — June 1 is the last 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 HouseSpeaker 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.

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Wed
20
May

The way forward for Congress

Wed
13
May

Why newspaper public notices?

If you happen to be reading this editorial, you probably are among the majority of Bosque County residents who rely on
the newspapers as their primary source for local news. And to date, the principal way local, county and state agencies remain transparent to the citizens is through public notices.
 
Wed
13
May

Conferees struggle toward budget compromise

For the Texas Legislature to accomplish its main purpose, the passage of a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 must be achieved. The five House and five Senate members of the Conference Committee on the budget, House Bill 1, have
been working together since late April.
 
Wed
06
May

Family antiques

For the first time since my return to Texas, there’s matching cookware hanging from the pot rack. This is the first time I’ve had a completely new set since my early twenties. Back then it was Revere Ware. My family all had Revere Ware, so I wanted it too. Sadly, it was left in Florida. Somewhere in our storage shed lurks what’s left of the sets my parents and aunt owned. Someday – when the weather’s not too extreme and the snakes aren’t crawling – I’ll brave that shed to find it     

 

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