Commentary

Wed
01
Oct

Candidates debate with election on horizon

A debate scheduled Sept. 29 pits Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) against Dan Patrick (R-Houston,) two state senators who are vying to succeed David Dewhurst as lieutenant governor in 2015. Van de Putte, a pharmacist in private life, has served in the Senate since 1999. Patrick, a radio talk show host, was first elected to the Senate in 2009. Whoever wins will preside over the Senate. On Sept. 30, a second debate between state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) and Republican Greg Abbott, Texas attorney general, gives voters another look at the two competing to succeed Rick Perry as Texas’ next governor.
 
Wed
24
Sep

BCISD upcoming school bond election support

Dear Editor:
I am writing in support of the upcoming school bond that will be on the ballot on Nov. 4, 2014. I had the pleasure of serving this past spring on the Community Advisory Committee, which met for seven weeks to listen to all of the proposals for the much-needed infrastructure repairs and improvements to all of the various campuses in Burnet County Independent School District.
 
Wed
24
Sep

Davis, Abbott answer questions in McAllen forum

With fewer than six weeks until election day on Tuesday, Nov. 4, the first of two scheduled gubernatorial debates was held in the Rio Grande Valley city of Edinburg on Sept. 19. Democratic Party nominee for governor Wendy Davis, a state senator from Fort Worth, and Republican Party gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott, Texas attorney general, fielded questions from Carlos Sanchez, editor of The Monitor, a daily newspaper in McAllen, and Telemundo’s McAllen news anchor Dalila Garza.
 
Wed
17
Sep

Texas, Mexico exchange words over border force

While the governor and group of trade-with-Texas promoters were in Japan and China last week, the 13th anniversary of the “9-11” terrorist attacks on the United States was broadly observed. Perry acknowledged the anniversary from afar and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who serves as acting governor when Perry is out of the state, also made a similar, solemn statement on Sept. 11.
 
Wed
10
Sep

Judge rules revisions to abortion law unconstitutional

By Ed Sterling.

United States District Judge Lee Yeakel on Aug. 29 struck down two provisions in House Bill 2, legislation passed by the Texas Legislature in the second special session of 2013, amending the state Health and Safety Code to restrict access to abortion services.

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Wed
03
Sep

Court rules school finance system unconstitutional

By Ed Sterling.

When the Texas Legislature convenes on Jan. 13, 2015, lawmakers will have the job of revising the state’s school finance system…again. This task was made necessary on Aug. 28, when state District Judge John Dietz ruled the current finance system violates these four state constitutional standards: the state property tax prohibition and the education clause requirements of adequacy, suitability, and financial efficiency.

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Wed
27
Aug

County processes governor after felony indictment

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry on Aug. 20 walked the block and a half from the Governor’s Mansion to the Travis County Courthouse, presented himself for arraignment by a state district judge and routine booking procedures, spoke at a five-minute press conference and left. Perry was indicted on Aug. 15 by a Travis County grand jury on felony charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. Perry entered a plea of not guilty to either charge.

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Thu
21
Aug

Superintendent urges parents to join in this school year

By Keith McBurnett.
 
In just a few days, the 2014- 2015 school year will be kicking off. We are excited to welcome new and returning students back to class on Monday, Aug. 25. Two keys to our success as a learning organization is parent involvement and effective communication. Decades of research show that when parents are involved at their children’s schools, students have higher grades, test scores and graduation rates; better attendance; increased motivation; better self-esteem; lower rates of suspension; decreased use of drugs and alcohol and fewer instances of violent behavior.

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Thu
21
Aug

Grand jury indicts Perry on two counts

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — A Travis County grand jury on Aug. 15 indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. Count I alleges Perry, on or about June 14, 2013, intended to harm Rosemary Lehmberg, Travis County district attorney and chief of the state’s Public Integrity Unit, by intentionally or knowingly misusing public property in withholding funding approved by the Texas Legislature for the operation of the Public Integrity Unit.

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Sat
02
Aug

When the floods come, LCRA will be ready

By Phil Wilson.

If you grew up in Texas, you’re probably familiar with the adage that our state’s weather is one long drought interrupted by an occasional flood. We’re currently in the seventh year of a severe drought that may eventually prove to be worse than the drought that gripped the Colorado River basin from 1947 to 1957.

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