Columns and Opinion

Letter to the Editor

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Editor, Last week San Saba’s Baylor Scott & White Clinic moved down the street to its new location near the courthouse square in town (from 2005 West Wallace to 200 East Wallace). We are enjoying the new clinic building as we learn the workflow at this site.

State Capital HIGHLIGHTS

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Observers welcome quiet opening to Legislature The Texas Legislature opened quietly, which delighted everyone after the violence inside the U.S. Capitol the previous week.

Hill Country Naturalist

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Back in April I wrote a column titled “A lifetime Involved with Nature” about a TV series documenting David Attenborough’s life as a worldwide nature explorer and film maker and things he could teach us all. I am repeating much of that column below to introduce Attenborough to everyone who doesn’t know about him.

Happy Herman's Hideaway

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Hello, my San Saba loves, and how have you been since last we spoke? As I typed that I realized it sounded as if you speak to me when I write my column, and I suppose in my dachshund head, you do. I always try to consider your feelings, your sensibilities, your hearts when I write, and so you do speak to me. I have been thinking so much about common courtesy, kindness, gentleness, consideration, respect and humanity lately. I truly believe mankind has gotten a bit off track on those qualities of late. And dachshunds may act spoiled, but they never waiver on loyalty or the ability to be loving, selfless beings.

Doug’s Doorstep

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Batteries are a necessity in some cases. The automobiles that we drive will not start without a battery. We have cordless tools (drill, saws, etc.) that use a rechargeable battery. When you do not have electricity where you are working, these come in very handy. The telephones and wireless devices we use have need of battery power to keep them active and usable. The hearing aids we use need batteries so we can communicate with one another.

La Palabra de Dios Dice

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Romanos 1:1-17 Pablo, siervo de Jesucristo, llamado a ser apóstol, apartado para el evangelio de Dios, que él había prometido antes por sus profetas en las santas Escrituras, acerca de su Hijo, nuestro Señor Jesucristo, que era del linaje de David según la carne, que fue declarado Hijo de Dios con poder, según el Espíritu de santidad, por la resurrección de entre los muertos, y por quien recibimos la gracia y el apostolado, para la obediencia a la fe en todas las naciones por amor de su nombre; entre las cuales estáis también vosotros, llamados a ser de Jesucristo; a todos los que estáis en Roma, amados de Dios, llamados a ser santos: Gracia y paz a vosotros, de Dios nuestro Padre y del Señor Jesucristo.

Newspapers challenge removal of rate cap established by Congress

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On January 12th, the News Media Alliance and the National Newspaper Association – representing thousands of local newspapers across the United States – have joined a legal challenge of an order by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) that would effectively eliminate a Congressionally-mandated limit on postal rate increases for Periodicals and Marketing Mail, which since 2006 has required postal rate increases to remain within a statutory price cap tied to the Consumer Price Index.

State Capital HIGHLIGHTS

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New House speaker lays out challenges The 87th session of the Texas Legislature opened Tuesday with COVID-19 encompassing every aspect of what the lawmakers do, according to new House Speaker Dade Phelan. “COVID, obviously, it will be a blanket over the entire session,” Phelan told his hometown TV station, KFDM Channel 6, in Beaumont.