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Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Letter: PEC has made ‘truly noteworthy’ strides in past five years

Outgoing PEC board president PATRICK COX writes that “The cooperative continues to evolve into a best-in-class organization, working to reduce controllable costs and maintaining some of the strongest reliability statistics in the industry. … This evolution is no accident.”

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Commentary: Why Texas universities scored big during this legislative session

Texas State University Chancellor BRIAN McCALL writes that lawmakers made a firm commitment to higher education at a time when other states are struggling to keep their colleges and universities open, accessible and affordable.

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Commentary: How to save Texas’ crumbling parks

ANDREW SANSOM, who leads the San Marcos-based Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, writes in support of proposed legislation that would “firmly dedicate future appropriations of the sporting goods sales tax exclusively to state and local...

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Commentary: Texans deserve details of bullet train plan

KYLE WORKMAN, president of a grassroots group opposed to a Dallas-to-Houston bullet train, writes, “For those of us concerned about protecting our land, livelihood and way of life, the Dallas-to-Houston high-speed rail proposal has simply raised too...

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Letter: Wimberley wastewater plant puts Blanco River at risk

Driftwood resident SUSAN COOK writes that Wimberley’s plans to discharge treated wastewater effluent into Deer Creek is “passing off a problem of one set of citizens to create an irreparable harm to another set of citizens, along...

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Letter: Put San Marcos CISD classroom funding in the classroom, not a new admin building

San Marcos CISD trustee candidate JOHN McGLOTHLIN writes, “For the last ten years, the community has spent a bunch of money to build world-class facilities; now we need to put all our resources and attention in the...

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Commentary: The Christian case for legalizing marijuana

State Rep. DAVID SIMPSON writes, “I don’t believe that when God made marijuana he made a mistake that government needs to fix. The time has come for a thoughtful discussion of the prudence of our prohibition approach...

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Commentary: How ‘Selma’ misses the mark on my father’s Civil Rights record

In a guest commentary, LUCI BAINES JOHNSON writes, “While it is crucial to recognize that African-Americans' sacrifice and service were unparalleled, it is also important to know that they were not alone.”

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Letter: ‘Rule of capture’ shouldn’t be absolute for commercial groundwater pumpers

Hays County Pct. 3 Commissioner WILL CONLEY writes that a for-profit company’s efforts to develop a commercial well field over an un-regulated patch of the Trinity Aquifer warrants ‘a great deal of concern.’

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Commentary: What Texas learned from the last boom gone bust

In this commentary, former state chief revenue estimator BILLY HAMILTON writes that no one really knows what plunging oil prices will mean for Texas’ economy, but rising fears of a 1980s-style recession are overblown — at least...

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