Commentary

Wed
31
Jul

Meanwhile in Colorado: 52˚ at 12,000 feet

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By Connie Swinney

Everyone agrees that “everything is bigger in Texas.”

But somehow when we planned our excursion to Colorado, I did not anticipate how much the features of that state could overwhelm a lifelong Texan such as myself.

The first time I ever saw Colorado, it was during a drive-by. I was 22 years old, when I took a bus to Ogden, Utah (curiously, my first time ever to visit a place outside of Texas) to retrieve a 1985 Jeep Wrangler from an old college friend and drive the vehicle back to my hometown of Big Spring.

The bus rode the interstate for much of the trip, so I must have slept through the parts of the trip where I might have viewed mountain ranges. It was the trip back in the jeep through Utah, over to Wyoming and into Colorado that I experienced a sight that left me awestruck.

At one point, after several hours of driving, I looked over and noticed a snow-capped mountain range.

Wed
31
Jul

Camp Rule #1: don't bug out!

We all need a getaway every once in a while, a chance to leave our daily work behind, sit back, and enjoy the simpler things in life.

Our escape, when we aren’t traveling to the beach, watching a NASCAR race, or going on a cruise, is a nice, relaxing camping trip. I adore waking up with the sun and birds and enjoying the sounds of nature around me as we slowly start our day, and falling asleep to the sound of crickets chirping among the rushing of a river.

There are many aspects of camping that I truly enjoy, and each trip always leaves me with a sense of peace - and anticipation for our next trip.

Wed
17
Jul

City website useful tool for residents

If you haven’t perused the City of Burnet website (cityofburnet.com) lately, you may be missing some valuable information.  Whether you are looking for upcoming events, pending ordinances, or just general information about the city, the City’s website is a good place to start.  

The most frequently requested information is conveniently listed on the “Top Topics” tab of the Home Page.  That’s where you will find access to a myriad of topics from meeting agendas, garage sale permits, forms permits and applications, GIS mapping of the city, job opportunities and the staff directory just to name a few.  A quick survey of the other tabs at the top of the Home Page will link you to a volume of information. The tabs on the bottom of the Home Page are quick links to other frequently requested topics including online payments (utility and court), My Permit Now (the permitting module), forms, and the City’s Code of Ordinances.  

Wed
17
Jul

Texas artists keeping country music alive

I grew up on the good kind of country music. The timeless music and lyrics that are still making an impact on the world after generations. Country is the only genre my parents listened to (and remains so), and it is a wonder that I knew who Britney Spears was, but I still shook it up a little with her music every once in a while. 

But the one genre I always went back to was country, and it still reigns supreme in my heart. Something about country music soothes the soul, makes my feet tap along to the beat, and occasionally makes me sing at the top of my longs – normally in the car when no one is around to hear me.

Wed
22
May

Sun tea: hydrating humans and fertilizing roses

Roses

Roses like high levels of fertility, especially nitrogen. Thus, they need to be fertilized in March, June, and lightly in late August. Base your selection of fertilizer analysis on the results of a soil test. For June feeding, utilize fertilizers in which at least half of the nitrogen is in the slow release or slowly available form. In late August, apply fertilizer in which the nitrogen is readily available.

Thu
16
May

Fuchs' House survival crucial to county's preservation

Throughout Burnet County lies a history so rich and always worthy of preserving. One piece of history at risk of being lost in time is the Fuchs' House, located in Horseshoe Bay. Nestled among the trees off of Stagecoach lies a house that has withstood the tests of time for approximately 140 years, and with the efforts of a strong community, I hope to see it thrive for 140 more.

The Fuchs' House was built in the late 1870's for Conrad Fuchs and his wife, Anna, and their family. The patriarch of the Fuchs family, Pastor Adolf, his wife Luise, and their children came from Germany in 1846 and made a home for themselves in Texas, building and continuing homes and relationships over the years.

Many family members passed through the area over time, contributing to the ever interesting history of the area. The house served not only as a home, but a stagecoach stop (the stables are located under the house and it is a sight to see!), a community school, and a post office.

Wed
08
May

Voting: not to be taken for granted

One of my proudest moments involved watching my daughter go into a voting booth for the very first time at age 18.

She walked up to the electronic machine appearing nervous at first then determined. All she needed to do was recall the video she watched as a guide to using the device to offer herself a little comfort.

After she voted, she left the booth wearing a smile. We voted early and other than she and I, the election judges were the only people in the room.

They began clapping for her as she walked up to me. My daughter's smile got even bigger.

It was not only a proud moment for her but everyone else in the room.

Both my children also voted in their first-ever presidential election in 2016, which became one of the most historic events in our lifetime.

Wed
08
May

HCCAC, law enforcement heroes to area children

Something as simple as taking a moment for a conversation with a child can make a world of difference in that child’s life. Children are special little people and need to be treated as such; they need to know they are important and we as a society need to help them realize this by taking the time to show them how much they mean to us.

I built strong bonds with many children throughout seven years working in the childcare field and learned so much about their little minds in that time.

Wed
08
May

Area's historic houses deserve chance

By Caryl Calsyn

Special to the Bulletin

Too many homes of historical value have been torn down or left to rot. Horseshoe Bay has only one still standing and that is the Fuchs (Fox) House and is one of only a few in Burnet County. The house was an important part of our past and can once again be an asset to the community.

Wed
17
Apr

Top officeholders join together in push for funding solution

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen on April 10 released a joint statement promoting a twofold method for the 86th Texas Legislature to curb property tax increases across the state.

“Texans are fed up with skyrocketing property taxes. At the beginning of the legislative session, the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker laid out an agenda for property tax relief through the passage of Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 2 to limit property tax growth,” the state's top officeholders said.

SB 2 and HB 2, the not-yet-approved property tax reform bills, would reduce the revenue growth increment used for determination of the rollback tax rate from 8.0 percent to 2.5 percent for taxing units other than small taxing units unless the voters in a small taxing unit election decide to opt-in to the proposed new voter-approved tax rate procedure.

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