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Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Letter: PEC reforms haven’t reined in bloated budgets

Wimberley resident Merle L. Moden writes that reforms that made at Pedernales Electric Cooperative more transparent and accountable to its members have not put a dent in the organization’s ‘excessive spending’

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Letter: Mau sticks foot in mouth with ‘single mom’ remark

Dripping Springs resident Gary Conner writes to rap candidate Wes Mau’s knuckles for asking his opponent how she would balance being a single mom with the demands of being the Hays County District Attorney

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Bartee Haile: Houston fought his toughest battle with the bottle

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE On Feb. 18, 1839, Sam Houston spoke at the first temperance meeting ever held in the Texas town named for him, but after lecturing loud and long...

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Brad Rollins’ Blog: Donna Campbell can’t face the facts, can’t tell the truth

State Sen. Donna Campbell emerged bloodied and bruised — but as defiant and disingenuous as ever — from a candidate forum hosted last week by the Hays County Republican Party Executive Committee.

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.

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Lamar Hankins: A silver lining in attacks on Affordable Care Act

Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR HANKINS The legal cases filed against the Affordable Care Act requirements that health insurance include contraceptive coverage have opened, potentially, a Pandora’s Box. The Catholic order of nuns – Little...

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Bartee Haile: Young Howard Hughes goes to Hollywood

After two years of battling censors and teasing the public with a titillating ad campaign, Howard Hughes premiered his much-anticipated western “The Outlaw” at a San Francisco theater on Feb. 4, 1943.

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Bartee Haile: Texas was a regular stop in Houdini’s travels

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE Following a weeklong engagement at the Majestic Theater, a cheering crowd saw Harry Houdini, escape artist extraordinaire, off at the Dallas train station on Jan. 22, 1916....

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Freethought San Marcos: Gateway drug stupidity and the war on drugs

— Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS There are three good reasons, apart from getting high, to support the legalization of marijuana (cannabis) in the US:  it has medical uses, it will correct one...

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

H-E-B gets go-ahead from Wimberley council

H-E-B’s plans to build a 46,500-square-foot grocery store on the campus of the shuttered Bowen Intermediate School has predictably stirred passions among certain residents loath to accept changes to an eccentric village they tend to like as-is.

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