Columns/Opinions

Wed
09
Jul

Texas confirms State’s first Chikungunya Case

The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed the state’s first human case of chikungunya, a viral disease that can cause fever and severe joint pain and is spread to people by mosquitoes. The patient recently returned to Texas from a trip to the Caribbean where chikungunya has been causing human disease since late 2013. 
 
Wed
09
Jul

The Idle American

A half-century ago, the late Nat “King” Cole crooned about the Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer. The lyrics probably “fit” US life in the early ‘60s, but hardly so today. Current summers seem jampacked. There are “wall-to-wall”
activities, early ‘til late, particularly for youngsters.  
 
Wed
02
Jul

Help children find loving homes this Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is a holiday that brings together families and friends to celebrate the nation that we call home. For children in the Texas child welfare system, home can be an unstable place that changes month to month.
Last year, more than 46,600 Texas children were in the child welfare system, waiting to be placed in permanent homes 
 
Wed
02
Jul

The Price they Paid

Have you ever wondered what happened to those men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked
and burned. Two lost their sons in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons captured
 
Wed
25
Jun

The Bend News

The promise of rain has not been too good so far, just a few light showers. We can always hope for more. Other parts of Texas east and north of us have really been getting more than they need all at once, which is
causing some flooding. 
 
Wed
25
Jun

The Idle American

Honest-to-goodness columnists who write scatter-shooting accounts on miscellaneous topics often refer to such pieces as  “potpourri.” This has always impressed me, since my using the word always requires a visit to
Webster or Google—my predictable response to a Spell Check squiggle. 
 
Wed
18
Jun

The Idle American

Just as his granddad and dad before him and more recently his own son, Dwain Bruner has risked much on fair play, business ethics and hard work—as well as occasional blind hog luck. It was surprising, though, that
one of his first problems in business would involve theology  
 
Wed
18
Jun

Texas Parks & Wildlife launches first new conservation license plate in a decade

For the first time in a decade, motorists can help support Texas State Parks by purchasing a new conservation license plate design that pays homage to generations of campers who have stayed overnight in Texas State Parks. 
 
Wed
11
Jun

Severe drought calls for conservation throughout basin

There is nothing more important to our communities than a reliable water supply – our homes, our businesses, our very lives, depend on it. As we enter the seventh summer of this severe drought – and despite the recent rain in Central Texas – it is more essential than ever that everyone in the lower Colorado River basin do their part to conserve water. 
 
Wed
11
Jun

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott

On father’s day, dads across Texas will be celebrated from the Panhandle to the Rio Grande Valley. It is on this special day that dads receive the praise and thanks they deserve year round for the countless sacrifices they make
for their children. Some sacrifices are larger than others, but all are a common part of fatherhood
 

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