Columns/Opinions

Thu
14
Aug

Saying Goodbye To A Legend

Mental illness does not discriminate. It affects young and old, rich and poor, happy and sad. The death of Robin Williams shocked everyone. Whether you remember him most from his role in the TV series Mork and Mindy, his Oscar winning performance in Good Will Hunting, his hilarious character in Mrs. Doubtfire or his ever popular Disney character Genie
from the movie, Aladdin – Robin Williams (or the characters he plays), have touched your lives.
 
Thu
14
Aug

A Repackaged Sales Job

Single-minded fanaticism is usually the telltale sign of the crackpot. Could we be witnessing the latest instance?
Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) was anointed by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to lead yet another congressional investigation of Benghazi. By its mere creation, the House Benghazi Investigation Committee falls into the same recurring pattern of willfully undermining the Obama administration’s governing authority, criticizing the federal government for alleged inability to function properly, and encouraging many to doubt the Obama administration’s legitimacy
 
Mon
11
Aug

Remember When?

A diminutive brunette, Miss Jo Lynn Petras, who represented the Holman local, was chosen Fayette County Farm Bureau Queen. The daughter of Mrs. Millie Petras and the late Edward Petras, Jo Lynn was to compete in the District XI contest at Katy. Cactus Pryor of KTBC-TV in Austin was the emcee at the Fayette County event
 
Mon
11
Aug

Know Your Rights!

As you know, Justice Court is the new name for small claims court in Texas. As far as the law is concerned, you may always represent yourself in any court. The real question is whether you should. Generally, a court proceeding can be complicated, governed by rules with which you probably are not familiar. Without an attorney, you are at a disadvantage in a formal legal proceeding.
 
Thu
07
Aug

Technology vs. Common Sense

When I was reading Linda Lehmann’s column (see right hand side of page 4) at the beginning of this week, I had no idea that I was about to face my own technology woes. It all started because I needed to order a new computer for the office.
I was trying to save some money so I looked on eBay to see if they had any good deals.
 
Thu
07
Aug

Czech Immigration and Education

From the very beginning, Czech emigrants in the 19th century began showing their patriotism and devotion to their new
homeland. A letter to the editor about that subject was written by a Czech emigrant for the January 14, 1889 edition of the Svoboda, a Czech newspaper with a circulation of 4000 readers that was published in La Grange by Augustin Haidusek.
 
Mon
04
Aug

Remember When?

July 4-7, 1964 Four occupants of a 1955 Ford escaped with minor injuries when their westbound car slammed into the guardrail at the Ellinger “Y” on Hwy. 71 at 2:30 a.m. Saturday. The front end was badly damaged so the vehicle was hauled to the nearby Schulze Garage. The Austin driver had apparently fallen asleep at the wheel. Plans were being finalized for
the Fayette County Fair set for September 18-20. 
 
Mon
04
Aug

Know Your Rights!

Q. I was sexually assaulted at my apartment. I am very scared to live there and asked the landlord if I could terminate
my lease. He said if I left early I would be breaking the lease and would continue to owe rent. Do I have the right to leave?
A. Until recently, you did not have the right to terminate your lease if you were sexually assaulted at your apartment. Today,
however, a tenant who is the victim of a sexual assault may terminate the lease 
 
Thu
31
Jul

Political Party Platforms Revisited

A recent column in the Fayette County Record drew attention to the contrasts between the 2014 platforms of the Texas Democratic Party (TDP) and the Republican Party of Texas (RPT). The article observed that “the difference is jarring”,
and helpfully suggested that the interested reader should consult the platform texts, which are available on-line.
 
Thu
31
Jul

Winedale Could Be What it Once Was

As a former chairperson of the Winedale Advisory Council, I find your article dated July 7, 2014 (in the Houston Chronicle)
both informative and misleading. It is misleading in that it fails to describe the positive cultural and educational programs conducted in the Winedale buildings that are not connected with the early and deteriorating settler homes. Indeed, these programs were very much in keeping with the goals with Ima Hogg had in mind for the use of Winedale
 

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