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Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Commentary: Let’s base Hays County water policy on science, not guesswork

Hays County Pct. 3 Commissioner Will Conley writes that he will ask the county judge and fellow commissioners to help fund an initiative to “develop the science and monitoring that we need to make informed decisions” about groundwater pumping from the Edwards and Trinity aquifers in Hays County.

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Letter: San Marcos River will ‘indisputably be changed for the worse’

San Marcos resident HALEY JOHNSON writes that removal of Cape’s Dam will destroy a stretch of river ideal for disabled veterans who find haven there.

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Commentary: Controversial Dripping Springs sewage plant makes economic, environmental sense

Former State Rep. PATRICK ROSE writes that failure to build a proposed wastewater treatment plant in northern Hays County would ‘cripple our response in serving even the most conservative of growth estimates.’

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Commentary: Obama hasn’t learned the lessons of his past failures

In a guest commentary, U.S. Rep. ROGER WILLIAMS writes that, “I have very little reason to believe that President Obama will suddenly reverse course and work with Congress and lead the American people during his final year...

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Commentary: It’s time for an Austin-San Antonio regional airport

San Antonio City Council member JOE KRIER writes that Interstate 35 corridor leaders should ‘seriously discuss the creation of a regional airport — a DFW for Central Texas.’

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Commentary: Don’t let professor’s sloppy work obscure the facts about Cape’s Dam removal

THOMAS HARDY, the Meadow Center’s chief science officer, says there is ‘no credible scientific evidence’ that removing Cape’s Dam will harm wildlife in the San Marcos River as a University of Texas biology professor dramatically asserted this...

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...

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...

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