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Cartoon: Gary Oliver

Cartoon: Gary Oliver

January 28th, 2011

Cutting tourism spending hurts at home

January 28th, 2011

Many readers are aware that the next Texas state budget will include drastic cuts in state services, especially education and health care. It is estimated that it will take a 17% overall cut in spending to balance the budget.  Some programs and regions will be hit harder than others. The state tourism marketing budget is …

Libraries need our support

January 28th, 2011

As the Texas Legislature seeks to balance the state budget by cutting, cutting, cutting, one of the most painful of those cuts will be to almost totally defund Texas’ public libraries. Funding for public libraries was also cut during the Great Depression. The result was that only large cities and wealthy people had access to …

Voter ID legislation bad for Texas

January 28th, 2011

Emergency legislation will take the fast track at the Texas State Legislature this week.  At a time of state budget crisis our leaders in Austin will focus on something they consider more urgent:  whipping up fear of illegal voting with Senate Bill 14.

Having worked hard on non-partisan voter turnout campaigns in my county, I know …

Cartoon: Jim Bridges

January 28th, 2011

I won’t seek re-election to U.S. Senate

January 21st, 2011

By KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON

United States Senator, Texas

To my fellow Texans:

For the past 17 years, it has been my greatest honor to serve the people of Texas in the United States Senate.  Working for the citizens and communities of our state is a privilege.

I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for re-election …

The world wide web and its wonders

January 21st, 2011

By LONN TAYLOR

Some people say that computers have destroyed our sense of community. People no longer go bowling on Wednesday nights but stay home and tap away in front of their computer screens, the argument runs. That may be so, but I would suggest that computers have also enabled people to join new communities, too, …

Cartoon: Jim Bridges

Cartoon: Jim Bridges

January 21st, 2011

Cartoon: Gary Oliver

Cartoon: Gary Oliver

January 21st, 2011

Marfa Meds lands a grant

January 18th, 2011

I am pleased to announce that Marfa Meds has received a $25,000 grant from the Brown Foundation. Thank you, Brown Foundation, for providing our community with funds not only supporting Marfa Meds, but numerous other organizations and events in Marfa.

Marfa Meds opened its doors as a pilot project for the Texas State Board of Pharmacies …

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