‘Bout the same age

August 26, 2014

We were bout the same age when we were young’uns. ‘Zat right, you say? Yeah, we probably still are. She was really a lot older than me when we were little because I was five and she lacked one month being two years older.

Public engagement

August 19, 2014

Public engagement is a lofty goal. When interested parties on multiple sides weigh in, better outcomes and real buy-in from “We the people” can lead to robust discourse. Is it is a myth? Is it worth the effort? Does it really matter? Through a series of steps in the past year, our office has steadfastly worked with Texas Parks and Wildlife (the Department) to bring us to a point of announcing an impending true public engagement vehicle that is being  assembled.

Stick em up...friend

August 12, 2014

This week I’d like to write about a disturbing trend in our society, that, while not particularly new, is getting worse and worse as time goes on. As I recall it from my pre-Department of Education public school history classes, not to mention the hundreds, or possibly thousands, of history books (which according to my wife are all still hanging around our house), that I’ve read, one of the big reasons our Founding Fathers revolted was to put an end to ‚“Taxation, without representation”.

Tax free time again!

August 5, 2014

It’s hard to believe that the annual general merchandise Tax Free weekend is nearly upon us. Stores are running ads for ‚“back to school” clothing and equipment, and even those without children to clothe and equip are planning shopping sprees for the coming days. Before racing out to take advantage of these sales, however, it is well worth the time involved to balance the check book, and double check the outstanding bills. Back to School too often is the fore runner of a hot check special, ‚“Back to Court”..

A journalist’s journey back to Sweetwater

July 29, 2014

A few years ago, I moved to a new town and took a new job, which eventually morphed into a new career.
That town was Sweetwater and the job was working as a staff writer here at the Reporter.
I had always written as a hobby, but I had never worked in the newspaper business prior to my time here. Heck, I wasn't even a journalism major, having studied psychology at a college in upstate New York, where I was born and raised.

Texas’ best kept secret

July 22, 2014

Bob and I rarely leave town together. We recently took a weekend to wander to Fredericksburg…not for the peaches, the crafts, or the amenities, but to explore the National Museum of the Pacific War. Amazingly, this monument to those involved in the Pacific Theatre of World War II is not a federal facility; it is under the auspices of the Texas Historical Commission. Fredericksburg, as many know, was the birth place of Admiral Nimitz. When he retired, the people of the community wanted to honor him.

On a ballet, is “bonds” short for bondage?

July 10, 2014

Having recently written a fairly pointed column about how the people in Austin are busy working to vote themselves a lot more municipal debt, in the form of bonds, imagine my chagrin when the local city government where I live announced it was going to form a citizens committee to look into having a bond election. Notice that I didn't say "imagine my surprise". Sadly, it doesn't surprise me at all when a municipal government starts asking for a bond election, but I do find it depressing.

Someone else’ shoes

July 10, 2014

When I was growing up, one of the more constant refrains in my household was “how do you suppose that made ___ feel”? Admittedly there were times when we were talking about my brothers that I really didn’t care how it made them feel, and may have hoped that it hurt, at least a little bit. As a general rule, that question was enough to make me stop and think…and often modify my behavior.

“With parade, parties and prayerful thanks”

July 1, 2014

Tuesday is a special day that will be celebrated around the nation with parades, outdoor concerts, fireworks (where not prohibited and where safe!), and general fun. Honored as the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, it is one of the few holidays honoring our nation that has not lost its significance. Few people remember the day that the Constitution was finally ratified, or the days that our various wars ended. Fewer people attend Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day services each year.

Who let the dog bite?

June 24, 2014

Summer… that time when people are outside, children racing in and out… the flies come in and the dog gets out. Or, in the alternative, the dog is let out in the morning and allowed to determine its own course until evening. One sure sign of summer is the calls to the courthouse about dog bites.

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