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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.”

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...

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Will Conley: La Cima puts economic transformation within San Marcos’ reach

The Hays County commissioner writes that a proposed 2,031-acre master planned development presents opportunity to an impoverished city by expanding single-family housing and offering corporate employers a campus where they can be proud to set up shop

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Terri Hall: Donna Campbell’s double-cross on toll roads

The freshman senator’s newfound love for toll roads will cost her constituents hundreds or thousands each year in hidden taxes.

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Lamar Smith: Don’t fix Healthcare.gov, deep-six it

In this guest column, the veteran Central Texas congressman says hearings of the House’s Science Committee he chairs uncovered gaping security flaws in Healthcare.gov that expose users’ personal information to hackers. Smith writes, “It’s clear that not...

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Guest Column: A lifetime of service, more to come

San Marcos City Council candidate BILL TAYLOR says he has a track record of making solid decisions in the crucible of San Marcos politics.

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Guest Column: How about a little dissent on city council?

City council candidate THOM PRENTICE says San Marcos needs a good shaking up — on issues ranging from street signage to roundabouts to new development.

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Freethought San Marcos: How Hays County government promotes religion (Part 3)

— Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS How Hays County Government Promotes Religion Part 3: The Constitutionality of Its Religious Practice In Part 1 on this topic, I explained how the Hays County Commissioners...

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Guest Column: Taking San Marcos from good to great

City council candidate MASON MURPHY says the San Marcos City Council should treat each opportunity to recruit major new employers as an “Olympic moment,” an organized, dazzling effort.

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Freethought San Marcos: Eliminating conflicts of interest in city government

Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS For at least the last two decades many appointees to public office and some city council members in San Marcos have had conflicts of interest that are ignored...

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