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Saturday, March 5th, 2016

Letter: Don’t betray stewardship of Stokes Park

FRAYE STOKES writes, “How dare the city "play God" with a risky experiment? The wiser and more conservative choice and keeping faith with our trust in prudent stewardship will be to take the steps needed to restore and preserve this beautiful place.”

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Letter: Let’s restore, not remove, Cape’s Dam

EDITOR: Only people spending taxpayer dollars approve of massive surgical procedures without getting more than one opinion. Thus I was deeply disappointed Monday evening at “City Hall” when, after listening to almost three hours of one-sided presentation supporting the destruction of...

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Letter: No one is ‘omniscient’ about best option for Cape’s Dam

In a rebuttal to commentary we published last week, University of Texas biology professor MOLLY CUMMINGS writes that the San Marcos City Council should “take advantage of the wealth of local scientists that have different perspectives on...

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Letter: Destroying Cape’s Dam = Destroying critical habitat

MOLLY CUMMINGS, an University of Texas biology professor, writes that the San Marcos City Council should not rely on a Texas State University biology professor’s findings that removing historic Cape’s Dam will not harm the San Marcos...

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Letter: United Way will be good steward of $400K in flood recovery donations

United Way of Hays County board chair KIM PORTERFIELD writes, “by working together in a transparent and collaborative manner, Hays and Caldwell counties will emerge from this natural disaster stronger and healthier.”

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...

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...

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.’

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Letter: Don’t let abused children slip through the cracks during summer break

Since teachers are often the first to see signs that a child may have been abused, community members must pick up the slack when school is out of session, CASA of Central Texas Executive Director NORMA CASTILLA-BLACKWELL...

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