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Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Bartee Haile: Zapata fought for the forgotten peasants of Mexico

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE To keep Emiliano Zapata and his peasant army out of Mexico City, troops loyal to a rival revolutionary occupied the capital on Aug. 13, 1914. The ancient village of Anenecuilco dated back to the Aztec empire. In 1607 during the first century of Spanish rule,

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

This Martian Life: Stand behind your words

In this farewell installment of "This Martian Life," Sean Wardwell calls out cowards who post slights against others under assumed names, and announces his impending move to Kansas.

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

This Martian Life: One nation, under many

In "This Martian Life," Sean Wardwell takes on the matter of prayer at San Marcos City Council meetings by arguing that your rights are only as good as those of people you despise.

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Take redistricting away from partisan interests

In this installment of "This Martian Life," Managing Editor Sean Wardwell argues that redistricting is too important to be left to elected representatives.

Monday, May 25th, 2009

This Martian Life: On Memorial Day

Memorial Day is about more than a day off, a trip to the river or bargain hunting. It's much more than kitsch or sloganeering, which means it's much more than we too often make it.

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Timing on new ethics policy questionable

Sean Wardwell argues that the timing on the new ethics policy for Hays County is questionable, and that one good deed does not erase past mistakes.

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

New times call for new data

In "This Martian Life," Sean Wardwell argues that the county doesn't serve itself well to make parks funding plans based on a nine-year-old survey.

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Process justifies county pay raises

In "This Martian Life," Sean Wardwell argues that Hays County Commissioners can't be faulted for taking pay raises, nor should the process for justifying those raises cause such commotion.

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Scanning the mark on the beast

In "This Martian Life," Sean Wardwell discusses the commotion about a new San Marcos requirement that pet owners microchip their dogs and cats for registration.

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Past as prologue: How to win a city election

How did Susan Narvaiz win her third mayoral term in San Marcos despite losing most of her support on the north side? By taking lopsided margins on the south side, where her challengers did little campaigning.

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