Columns/Opinions

Thu
07
May

House, Senate Produce Disparate Versions of Tax Relief

AUSTIN — Legislation approved by the House and Senate last week reveal widely differing views on how to bring about tax relief to Texans in fiscal years 2016 and 2017. Speaker Joe Straus lauded the preliminary approval of House Bill 31, legislation to reduce the state sales tax from 6.25 percent to 5.95 percent, resulting in a $2.66 billion revenue decrease, and House Bill 32, legislation cutting the franchise tax paid by many businesses by 25 percent and resulting in a statewide revenue decrease of $2.56 billion.

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Mon
04
May

Muldoon Fire Department Meeting is this Thursday

By JOAN IVY
The Muldoon Volunteer Fire Department will be holding their monthly meeting on Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. at the fire station. All interested residents and land owners are invited to attend. The fundraiser results will be discussed at the meeting.

Fri
01
May

House, Senate State Budget Conferees Roll Up Sleeves

By ED STERLING
Texas Press Association
AUSTIN — With barely more than a month left in the regular session of the Texas Legislature, it’s time for the House and Senate to do whatever can be done to reach an all-points agreement on House Bill 1, the state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. A widely reported sticky area in the estimated $211 billion budget is over which taxes to cut and how much to cut. House and Senate conferees will meet this week. From both ends of the Capitol, the budget has a ways-and-means inertia to it, with House leaders pushing for cuts in the state sales tax rate and the state franchise tax. Senate leaders favor more emphasis on cutting homeowners’ property tax rates, a job traditionally in line with the normal functions of local governmental bodies.

Fri
01
May

Diabetes: It’s Not Always in the Family

By REGINA KEILERS
The Fayette County Record
Diabetes – a disease that causes high blood sugar levels: yes. A disease that affects over 300 million people worldwide: yes. A disease that only affects people who are overweight: no. While being overweight can increase your chances of developing diabetes, you don’t have to be overweight to develop it. It is a disease that creeps up on people. In my dad’s family, there were multiple cases of diabetes, (I think all of his brothers and sisters had it at some level.) His mother died at age 49 from complications related to her diabetes, so I have been on the lookout for it to affect me. My mother, on the other hand, has no history of diabetes in her family. She has always been a tiny person, able to eat whatever she wanted– with no repercussions. Her highest weight was about 125 lbs. and that’s when she checked into the hospital to deliver me! Well, that is not the case any more.

Mon
27
Apr

Winchester News

by Bobbie Hajek

 

Fourteen people attended Neighbors Night Out at the Hajeks on Wednesday, April 22. Lots of good food and much fellowship was had by all. Winchester Cemetery Assoc. The Winchester Cemetery Association has a $1,000 scholarship and would like to give it to a local student at their annual membership meeting on May 3, at St. Michael’s Park in Winchester.
 
Mon
27
Apr

Muldoon News

by Joan Ivy

 

Devon Boehnke’s granddaughter Annie Pospisil married Cody Zimmerhanzel on Saturday, April 18 in Hungerford. Joining in the celebration from Muldoon was grandpa, Devon Boehnke, Uncle Harold and Aunt Virginia Boehnke, Great Aunt Lilly Mae Boehnke who got chauffeured to the event by Kim and Tony Mori and also in attendance was James, Joan and Bobby Ivy.
 
Thu
23
Apr

Grammar Police

Pet peeves. I think we all have them, it’s just that what is one person’s pet peeve is often something that doesn’t bother the next person. For me, one of my pet peeves is grammar – or to be more specific using words that are grammatically incorrect.
 
Thu
23
Apr

Bluebonnets Abound

By LINDA LEHMANN

 

The bluebonnets bloom and people and their cameras come out in droves. Between March and May, the beautiful blue flower is a draw for any flower lover. But, how many of us know the facts about the Texas bluebonnet – the official state flower of the Lone Star State? It became the state flower in 1901. Its scientific name is Lupinus texensis. Other names for the bluebonnet are buffalo clover and wolf flower.
 
Mon
20
Apr

Remember When?

La Grange City Council opened two bids on tractor-mounted (belly-type) mowers and referred the proposals to the street and bridge committee for study. Janssen Bros. bid $2,502.79 for a Massey-Ferguson 135 tractor with 60-inch mower and Rosenberg-Todd offered a Farmall 140 with a similar size mower for $2,165. The council voted to purchase two CB radios for the fire department’s booster truck and the police chief’s car. It was reported several firemen were purchasing their own sets to improve communication, especially at rural fires.

 

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Thu
16
Apr

Senate Passes Bill to Remake Public Integrity Unit

By ED STERLING

AUSTIN — Statewide authority to investigate and prosecute public corruption would be moved out of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office under Senate Bill 10, legislation approved by the Senate on April 9. Sen. Joan Huffman, chair of the Senate State Affairs Committee, wrote the legislation under which the Texas Rangers, a division of the Department of Public Safety, would reestablish and support the state’s Public Integrity Unit and assume the initial investigatory role when 
a complaint is filed against a public official.
 

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