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Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Freethought San Marcos: Religion corrupts advance directives and medical care

Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS When 33-year old Marlise Munoz, a Fort Worth mother of a young child, suffered an apparent brain aneurysm in November, she was 14 weeks pregnant.  The hospital told the family that she was brain dead, the standard for determining death in Texas (“irreversible cessation of all

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,...

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Freethought San Marcos: How Narvaiz can beat Doggett

In this column, Lamar Hankins — no fan of former San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz — offers tongue-and-cheek advice for her second campaign for U.S. Congress.

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Bartee Haile: Kyle Rote’s cousin also starred on the gridiron

Never count your chickens before they're hatched in front of a Texan

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Freethought San Marcos: How right-wing rants poison political discussion

— Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS The internet is a marvelous tool when used honestly and correctly, and with recognition of its limitations.  Not a week goes by that I don’t find in...

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Bartee Haile: Erratic Lamar never lived up to his potential

The highs and lows of a Texan with a large debts and a larger soul

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Letter: Reader likes Tacoma’s Hayward for city manager

In a letter to the editor, San Marcos resident GRIFFIN SPELL says one of the five finalists stands above the rest for City Hall’s top administrative position.

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Freethought San Marcos: The debates of 1787 foreshadowed today’s health care debate

— Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS If the Social Security debate is a reliable precursor of the debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), a/k/a Obamacare, we will likely be...

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Lamar Smith: Don’t fix, 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 that expose users’ personal information to hackers. Smith writes, “It’s clear that not...

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Freethought San Marcos: Failures of the court-appointed attorney system

Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS Twenty-three years before Michael Morton was wrongfully sentenced to life in prison, another man, Clarence Earl Gideon, was wrongfully sent to a Florida prison for five years for...

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