Columns/Opinions

Thu
16
Jan

We (Are) The People

When I was a kid growing up in Austin, I was in the band at school. (I know – big surprise there.) In band, I did all the usual
stuff that band kids did – the auditions (we called it District Band back then), the contests, the football games, and the trips. Lots of great memories were made. Like most kids, I had no idea how all of these activities came to be.
 
Thu
16
Jan

Dentaphobia and Root Canals

Dentophobia, or fear of the dentist. Do I have it? In a word – yes. My rational mind tells me that there is nothing to fear, but the moment I walk into any dentist office, my irrational mind takes over. My blood pressure rises. My heart starts to race. I can’t stand to have any type of pain in my mouth.
 
 
Thu
09
Jan

Water, Water Everywhere

Water. You don’t realize how much you use it until you can’t. This week we were without water for a time at our office. We
experienced frozen pipes at The Fayette County Record. Luckily, it only lasted for a few of our working hours, but it sure was
inconvenient. Why did this happen? I forgot to wrap the outside pipes. We were lucky it only froze and the pipes didn’t burst.
 
Thu
09
Jan

Attorneys General Fire Off Letter to Sebelius

AUSTIN — U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius received  a letter dated Jan. 2 from 10 state attorneys general, expressing concern over recent action related to the enforcement of the federal Affordable Care Act.
 
Thu
02
Jan

Endings and New Beginnings

This week has been one of endings. Endings of many things – but for me, endings of the lives of three women who touched my life in three very different ways. The first was of a classmate – a person who I shared a portion of my childhood with. We were confirmed together. We graduated from high school together. We had two of each of our children in the same year and watched them get confirmed and graduate high school together. Our paths crossed many times throughout those years  nd
now, she’s gone.
 
Thu
02
Jan

Dewhurst Eyes Health Services

AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Dec. 20 delivered charges for the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services to tackle before the 2015 Texas Legislature convenes. Dewhurst, who presides over the Senate, ordered the panel of nine senators to study what is being done by the state to enhance the health of Texas women. He also called on the committee to assess the effectiveness  of programs designed to improve mental health for all Texans
 
Thu
19
Dec

Merry Christmas

By LINDA LEHMANN

American Atheists launched a billboard in Times Square in Midtown Manhattan that declares Christmas is better without Christ. The billboard proclaims “Who needs Christ during Christmas”. Public Relations Director Dave Muscato states, “Most people don’t care about any religious ties to the season because church and religion are not what Americans care about during this time of the year
 
Thu
19
Dec

Christmas Traditions

By REGINA KEILERS

Merry Christmas. Felis Navidad. Frohliche Weihnachten. Veselé Vánoce. No matter how you say it, the sentiment is there.  The holiday season is upon us. The time to make merry and wish good tidings in the future to our fellow man is here.
Many families have Christmas traditions that they hold dear. For some it’s attending Midnight Mass as a family, or waiting to  decorate the tree until Christmas Eve. For others, the traditions evolve – that’s the case with our family.
 
Thu
12
Dec

Remembering a Great Man

By REGINA KEILERS

Apartheid. I first became aware of this term while in college. I had a professor who, in teaching us about it, said that to  understand the meaning of the word, you only had to look at the pronunciation. She pronounced it apart-hate, explaining to us that it meant to keep separate (apart) because of hate. I knew historically that we as a country have the shame of treating people of different races badly, but I was appalled that it still could be going on. I grew up after segregation had become illegal. I have friends of all races. They are my friends first, their race is just something about them that makes them unique.
 
Thu
05
Dec

Tackling Obamacare Today

By DAVID DELUCA

Well, if you’re reading this, we have survived another two weeks since our last meeting. The Republic has not fallen 
and the First Amendment has not been repealed. To hear the right-wing noise machine, one would have expected storm
troopers to be marching in the streets by now and an utter breakdown of civilization. The Patient Protection and Affordability 
Act has survived another month and fire has not rained down from the sky. Life as we have known it has continued to exist on the Earth 
 

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