Columns/Opinions

Thu
17
Apr

Happy Tax Day?

Is there such a thing as a happy tax day? I think not. Death and taxes are cause for little celebration, yet both are necessary
evils. Yes, this is the time of year that we all think about taxes. And we should, we pay lots of taxes. Only a couple months have passed since we all paid our property taxes
 
Thu
17
Apr

Sometimes the Handwriting on the Wall is Just Graffiti

In the past few weeks, there has been much ink spilled on these pages over the subject of party switching. The recent  primary elections featured candidates on both sides of the aisle who had recently switched political parties. One letter- riter suggested that a few local candidates had “read the handwriting on the wall” and switch to the Republican Party. So, I  thought it might be useful to take a look at that handwriting 
 
Mon
14
Apr

Carmine News

Carmine Lions Club will sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt in the Carmine City Park on Saturday, April 19 from 1-3 p.m. for children up to age 12. The Easter bunny arrives at 1 p.m. Games and treats will be available 
 
Thu
10
Apr

Recipes and Memories

It can be overwhelming. They are on the back of soup cans, in newspapers and magazines, on the back of boxes, entire
websites are devoted to them, and the question is still asked, “What’s for dinner?” Recipes are not hard to find at all 
 
Thu
10
Apr

Spring Has Sprung

Spring has sprung, or so the saying goes. Around Fayette County that means baseball, baby calves and bluebonnets. Growing up here, I’ve seen my fair share of all three. As a kid, there were two things to do for fun in the spring/summer
months – play or watch baseball and go swimming 
 
Thu
03
Apr

Vietnam Veterans Monument is Placed

Forty-one years after the last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam, the new Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument was dedicated in a March 29 ceremony attended by a crowd of thousands, including veterans, active duty military, families, friends and relatives. Some 3,417 Texans died or are unaccounted for in Vietnam, according to the State Capitol  Preservation Board.
 
Thu
03
Apr

A Toddler’s Story

Parenting is never easy. Each stage of a child’s development brings unique challenges. As infants, my children were totally dependant on me for everything. Without me, my child would literally die. I was their source of food, nurturing, and personal hygiene. When they become toddlers, they begin to exert some independence. As a mom this was a very trying time
 
Thu
27
Mar

Party Affiliation Does Make a Difference

I congratulate Fayette County for sending twice as many voters to the polls this month than the statewide average.
A record breaking 4,256 citizens of Fayette County braved the weather and cast a vote in the Republican Primary 
 
Thu
27
Mar

The Blame Game

I have the privilege of working with hundreds of wonderful young people as they learn the joys of making music together. When students begin learning their instruments, there are many squeaks, squawks, and other strange sounds. In an amazingly short period of time, the cacophony becomes an amazing and joyous sound. Over time, we develop that sound into ever-increasingly complex pieces of music. We begin with short tunes with all of the instruments playing in unison
 
Mon
24
Mar

Know Your Rights!

You can’t keep money you receive by mistake. Q. Do I have to give money back to a bank that gave me $50 too much? I went to a drivethrough window to make a credit card payment. When I left, I realized they gave me to much  money back. I immediately returned in good faith to give back the overpayment, but the teller said everything was fine, “I was not overpaid.” Can I keep the money? 
 

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