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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Freethought San Marcos: Sweet land of liberty

Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS Fifty years ago when I graduated from high school and began solidifying my political beliefs, I looked at the world I had grown up in and started deciding what mattered. The first thing that mattered to me was equal rights for minorities – those folks who

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Freethought San Marcos: Texas funeral a case study in failure of regulation

Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS In 1984, sweeping new regulations written by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) went into effect. The regulations, which are referred to as the Funeral Rule, were intended to keep...

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Freethought San Marcos: Ballot initiatives illustrate bogus Republican values

Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS When I look at the most pressing issues of our time, I see the following: the economy is running barely above the stagnation level, we continue to drain...

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Freethought San Marcos: A Republican mind is a terrible thing to waste

“The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.” — Thomas...

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Freethought San Marcos: Respect for freedom of conscience missing in Hays County

As reported by The Mercury a few days ago, Hays County Commissioner candidate Sam Brannon refused to stand and participate in the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of a Commissioners Court meeting about a year ago.

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Freethought San Marcos: Lt. Colonel reveals futility, folly of our war in Afghanistan

Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS How quickly Americans lose interest in war when so few families are affected by its consequences. The wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan have done little more than...

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Freethought San Marcos: Fighting back against bullies, stalkers, and those who would intimidate

Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS “Voice of Choice”  offers an effective way to counteract those who would deny us liberty. Its approach was born out of the experiences of those trying to secure...

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Freethought San Marcos: Disinformation that poisons public discourse

Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS Sometimes education is not the answer, at least if the question is one that involves politics. A 2008 Pew report supports this proposition. What one believes about political...

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Bartee Haile: Senator gives up seat to run for governor

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE On Mar. 14, 1956, Sen. Price Daniel went on statewide television to offer his services as governor. If 25,000 viewers encouraged him to leave Washington, he would...

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Freethought San Marcos: Gasoline prices, political nonsense and oil speculators

Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS None of us like paying higher prices for gasoline. Some of us can’t afford the price increases we have seen the last few weeks and months to get...

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