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Fri
21
Feb
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Faces & Places

“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.” ~ Doug Larson

Yes, I know I’m rushing it because we are still a month away, but I can see that the earth is beginning to wake up and start the party. Those tiny purple ground covers are rubbing their little buds and beginning to cover my yard. Spring is a season of new beginnings; I guess maybe God thinks we deserve another chance. The farmers and home gardeners start planning. Bright bushy-tailed animals seem more excited, especially the new calves that believe they can jump and run like race-horses. No one tells them they can’t.

Fri
21
Feb
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2 Cents Worth

2 Cents Worth

Hurrah the sun is shinning and looks like it's going to be a wonderful, beautiful day, and I am so glad. Joe and I have walked the last few days and enjoyed this sunshine. He is going to try to get his onions in the ground today, he tired Friday and the mud come up over his shoe!!!!! Snow just piled up in his garden spot, then the rain on top of that really made it wet. Okay, the rain we heard it thunder February 10, so all of you old timers like me, it will frost on April 10, so don't put out anything that you can't cover up.

Fri
14
Feb
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State defends system of choosing presidential electors

State defends system of choosing presidential electors

STATE CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

AUSTIN — Texas Deputy Solicitor General Matthew Frederick on Feb. 6 defended the Electoral College system in a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Frederick, arguing on behalf of Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton, maintained that Texas’ method of appointing presidential electors is consistent with the U.S. Constitution’s requirement that “each state shall appoint, in such manner as the legislature thereof may direct, a number of electors, equal to the number of senators and representatives to which the state may be entitled in Congress.”

As most other states do, Texas appoints presidential electors on a winner-takes-all basis to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in a statewide election.

Fri
07
Feb
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Know open government rights by remembering these basics

Know open government rights by remembering these basics

Whatever our political views, certainly we can agree we have the right to know how government is conducting business. How are taxpayer dollars spent? Who is influencing decisions?

Access to information allows us to speak up and hold public officials accountable, while a lack of transparency diminishes trust in government.

The Texas Public Information Act and Texas Open Meetings Act are the state’s main open government laws. Based on recent frequently asked questions about these laws, here are a few important reminders:

Requested information must be provided promptly. That means as soon as possible and without delay. It’s a misconception that a governmental body, once it receives a written request for information, can wait up to 10 days to make the records available. Ten business days is the deadline under the Public Information Act for the governmental entity to ask for a Texas attorney general ruling if it is attempting to withhold information.

Fri
07
Feb
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2 Cents Worth

2 Cents Worth

CAROL GREENWAY-HOLLAND

Good morning to all of you, beautiful last few days and looks like it's going to be another beautiful day today, we have been enjoying them. Joe said, "Now Carol I'm not going to have a garden this year.!!!!! Okay what ever you want, well took one day of pretty weather, Carol I think I'm going to get the tiller out and put out me some onions, and I sure do like those fresh squash and cucumbers and tomatoes, well we got the tiller out and started tilling his garden. Lance come and he said, "I sure am glad to see you here's the tiller!!!!!!" Lance finished the job and Joe was really glad, he gave Lance his supper for the night, and sent home with him some cooked pork ribs. Lance said, "Ill come back and help you again for cooked pork ribs!!!!"

Fri
31
Jan
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How much time do we have?

How much time do we have?

About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new

Constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:

A Democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of Government.

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Fri
31
Jan
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2 Cents Worth

2 Cents Worth

CAROL GREENWAY-HOLLAND

Good morning to all of you, we are back in Aspermont and glad to be home. We enjoyed our visits but this old sandy land sure looked good!!!!! We enjoyed our weeks stay at Port Aransas, visited with all of our friends, enjoyed watching all the ships come into our land, and the dolphins and the wind suffers put on us a show, the dolphins all the time, the wind suffers on the weekend. They still have lots of remodeling to do but they are trying to get it all together once again, the fishing piers still are not finished, and the south jetty is still needing to be repaired, the Turnbull Birding Center has it's walkway finished and people can enjoying watching the birds, and so many professional people are always down there taking pictures. Joe and Lori did not get to go out on the boat to fish because the bay was too rough and it rained two days, so we all rested and visited.

Fri
31
Jan
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Governor applauds White House approval of women’s health funding

Governor applauds White House approval of women’s health funding

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott said Jan. 22 that a Trump administration decision reestablishes the federal partnership for the Women's Health Program in Texas.

Abbott issued a statement concerning the approval of the 1115 Waiver for Healthy Texas Women:

"The Lone Star State is once again in partnership with the federal government to provide meaningful family planning and health services while fostering a culture of life. This collaboration is a symbol of our commitment to championing the lives of Texas women. I am grateful to President Trump and his administration for approving this waiver and for his commitment to protecting the unborn while providing much-needed health resources to Texas women."

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Fri
24
Jan
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Governor requests presidential disaster declaration

Governor requests presidential disaster declaration

STATE CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 13 asked for a presidential disaster declaration for three counties that sustained widespread damage attributed to severe thunderstorms, straight-line winds, hail and tornadoes.

The stormy weather on Oct. 20-21 hit Cameron, Dallas and Erath counties. Abbott's request includes public assistance and hazard mitigation.

"The State of Texas is committed to ensuring the people of Cameron, Dallas and Erath counties have the resources they need to continue rebuilding the public infrastructure," Abbott said. "With the help of our federal partners, these communities can rebuild quickly and gain access to important recovery resources. I ask that the president swiftly grant this request in order to expedite valuable support to these counties."

Fri
17
Jan
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Faces & Places

"Humor is mankind's greatest blessing."~ Mark Twain

Blank paper and blank walls bother me a lot. I can't stand them, and I always have to find something to break the silence of plain old white and make it pop. Putting words on paper is easy, but finding the right picture to put on the wall is challenging and can be costly .

. I've searched and searched, but nothing would work until I happened upon a framed 5ft. x 2ft. wall-art inscribed with, "Blessed" in large black letters on a white background. The price was perfect, but it would take grace and creativity to get it in and out of the shopping cart without scratching it or busting a knuckle or two.

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