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Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Freethought San Marcos: Religion ubiquitous and influential in America

Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS   If you have been an adult any time in the last sixty years, you should be aware that religion is perhaps the most ubiquitous institution, after government, among Americans.  Beginning with the push against the Communist menace in the 1950s, which led to the increased

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Letter: PETA praises SMPD for snagging parked dogs

TERESA CHAGRIN, who works for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, says a San Marcos police officer did the right thing by seizing two dogs left in a parked car at H-E-B earlier this month.

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Letter: Woman outraged over ticket for leaving dogs in parked vehicle

Austin resident JENNIFER SHEPARD say she’ll never spend money in San Marcos again after being issued an $414 ticket for leaving two dogs in her car while shopping in H-E-B.

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Commentary: Making ‘yes’ really matter

JOHN McGLOTHIN writes, “bond elections have marked peaks in community interest in the schools, but the interest has always waned before we see the real change we need in local education. This is because new buildings do...

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Letter: Time to get serious about improving our schools

— — EDITOR: Many claim a commitment to investing in our youth and their education. But most are unfamiliar with the costs — let alone the value — of those commitments. Years ago, I was privileged to...

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Letter: Vote for Hamilton’s résumé, ‘real world’ experience

Writing in support of San Marcos CISD school board candidate Michelle Hamilton, TOBY HOOPER says, "I did not find a politician, someone who simply wants to be elected.”

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Letter: Sen. Ted Cruz is mad at the Mercury

— — EDITOR: Columnist Lamar Hankins recently made a number of  false claims against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (“Questions that Rafael Edward ‘Ted’ Cruz won’t answer.“) The San Marcos Mercury has a responsibility not to distribute false...

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Commentary: GOP should avoid immigration trap

Before deciding what to do about immigration, Republicans should first decide what not to do. They should not buy in to the Obama/liberal Democrats’ plan to legalize every person who is in the country illegally.

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Remembering Bob Barton, 1930-2013

Bob Barton wasn't ever altogether satisfied with the world around him, but he fought against it and laughed with it, never showing rage or buffoonery and always wanting a better everything for everybody -- except for the...

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Brad Rollins’ blog: A beautiful alternative to alcohol ban

By now, I hope it is clear to my friends on the San Marcos City Council that a ban on display and consumption of alcohol in city parks is bad policy and worse politics.

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