Commentary

Wed
07
Sep

Shootin' Straight: The other political candidates

By ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/ BURNET BULLETIN

 

Why has this election degraded to choosing what many are calling “the better of two evils?” This is the question I have been plagued with over the last several months.

The two-party system is the worst degradation of American politics, and now unfortunately we are seeing the consequences. The ugly, mud-slinging battle between Republican and Democratic candidates in this election, and even a little mud-slinging between party members, has displayed why the two-party system is driving American politics further into extremism.

Wed
31
Aug

Built Ford tough

BY WAYNE CRAIG/BURNET BULLETIN

 

 

I have a lot of athletes to do some extended bragging on this week, I’ll start with Tyler Ford.

Burnet’s elusive tough running Ford proved to be just like the slogan ‘Built Ford Tough’. He averaged 10.7 yards per carry and his efforts didn’t end on offense.

Tyler was getting the job done in every phase of the game and No.4 has fans excited for more.

There was a birthday boy on the field Friday night and with a three touchdown performance it might have been a wish come true for Sterling Galban.

Hats off to you too Koby Edwards those passes didn’t reach their targets on their own.

Reid Dalrymple, Seth Carpenter, Austin Davis, and Coleman Posey are other names that echoed over the loud speaker regularly.

Burnet’s varsity offensive line earned an Attawaytogo, you guys know who you are.

Thu
28
Jul

BCISD Superintendent Newsletter

BY KEITH MCBURNETT/ BCISD SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

 

Thu
07
Apr

69 Club is the new 27 club among celebrities

Editorial by Lew Cohn

 

Human beings have a preoccupation with death which has dated back to the earliest of our ancestors. As a species, we try to come to grips with our own mortality by trying to make sense of it any way we can. One such way is by recognizing patterns in the demise of others, especially celebrities, whose lives seem to shine brighter than our own, and in some cases, burn up faster as well.

It has been well documented that a great number of creative artists, whether musicians or singers or even those dedicated to the visual arts, seem to shuffle off their mortal coil on or after their 27th birthday but before their 28th. Known as the “27 Club,” its roster of members read like a Who’s Who of the afterlife.

Thu
07
Apr

Swim legend Tex Robertson's influence, altruism deserve recognition

You would be hard pressed to find someone who had a greater impact on life in Burnet County in the past 60 years than Julian “Tex” Robertson. But the legacy and legend of Tex Robertson goes beyond his fame as a champion swimmer and swim coach to his innovation in the sport and his altruism for the people of the Texas Hill Country.

Born in Sweetwater, Tex Robertson learned to swim at an early age in the creeks and horse troughs of Texas and California, where he moved as a teen. His dedication to improving his craft earned him a spot on the University of Michigan Wolverines' swim team, where he competed in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships, setting several collegiate records in the sport.

Showing his versatility, Robertson would join the 1932 US Men's Olympic Water Polo team as an alternate while he was still a student at Michigan, earning a bronze medal as an alternate on that team.

Wed
16
Mar

This Week in Texas History

U.S. Navy caught running guns to Santa Anna

 

While on patrol off the Mexican coast on Mar. 20, 1836, the Invincible vanquished an enemy man-of-war and seized an American blockade runner on the high seas. It was all in a day’s work for the Texas Navy.

During the darkest hour of the Lone Star Revolution, Jeremiah Brown put to sea in a converted slave smuggling schooner. As captain of the Invincible, his mission in the aftermath of the Alamo massacre was to keep Mexican vessels bottled up in port and to stop third countries from supplying Santa Anna with war materiel.

A month before the Battle of San Jacinto, a merchant ship brimming with military hardware slipped out of Matamoros harbor. To ensure that the freighter rendezvoused with ground forces in Texas, the man-of-war Bravo provided an armed escort.

Wed
16
Mar

They keep tearing down this Old Coot's memories

Every time I read my print edition replica of the Houston Chronicle online, I read where they’ve’ torn down something else from the great memories of my past. (The headline reference to Old Coot, is a club I organized a few years back. Anyone either past retirement age and/or disenchanted with what young whippersnappers are doing to our world can be a member.)

Latest in the Sad Headline Category is the announcement that they knocked down the old Houston Club building. No, I didn’t belong to the club or any other such bastion of exclusivity but my first job upon graduation from college with that wonderful JOURNALISM DEGREE was as associate editor of a magazine for an association headquartered in that building. 

Wed
16
Mar

Full 5th Circuit to hear Texas voter ID case

The entire U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will review Texas’ controversial voter identification law.

A majority of the judges of the Fifth Circuit on March 9 voted in support of an “en banc” rehearing of oral arguments in Veasey v. Abbott, a case challenging the law. No date for the rehearing has been set.

The case stems from Senate Bill 14, a law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011, which requires prospective voters to present an acceptable form of photo identification along with their voter registration card in order to cast a ballot.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton praised the development, saying: “Today’s decision is a strong step forward in our efforts to defend the state’s voter ID laws. Safeguarding the integrity of our elections is a primary function of state government and is essential to preserving our democratic process. We look forward to presenting our case before the full Fifth Circuit.”

Sun
21
Feb

Marine from South Texas helped raise the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima

A young marine from South Texas was one of six American fighting men caught on camera on Feb. 23, 1945, raising the Stars and Stripes on a Pacific battlefield called Iwo Jima.

Harlon Henry Block was born in 1924 at Yorktown and grew up on 40 acres in the Rio Grande Valley. The third of six children, he had one sister and four brothers.

Harlon’s mother missed the city life of San Antonio and never quite adjusted to the hardscrabble existence down on the farm. Finding comfort and encouragement in the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Belle Block put in long days nursing the terminally ill in order to send her children to the local Adventist school.

Harlon may have been the most religious of the Block kids, but that did not mean he was a pushover. More than once he stood up to the principal, and the last time, when he refused to snitch on a vandal, got him kicked out of school.

Sun
21
Feb

Supreme Court halts EPA abatement rule

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Feb. 9 heralded the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 order that put on hold a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule requiring power producers to cut back on the release of pollutants emitted mainly from coal-burning operations.

In reacting to the order, Paxton and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, the leaders of a coalition of 29 states and state agencies, declared victory over the rule referred to as the Obama Administration’s “Clean Power Plan” or as the EPA “Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units.” 

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