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U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Texas redistricting maps


U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Texas redistricting maps AUSTIN — The United States Supreme Court voted 5-4 on June 25 to approve 10 of 11 disputed Texas House and congressional redistricting maps used in the state’s 2014 and 2016 elections. The court ruled that only Texas House District 90 in Fort Worth was gerrymandered along racial lines and therefore […]

Community news matters and our community matters to us


Community news matters and our community matters to us The shooting that took place on Thursday that took the lives of five Capital Gazette journalists – Robert Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara and Rebecca Smith – is heartbreaking. That the Gazette still managed to get a newspaper out despite this horrific tragedy has captured the nation’s attention at the […]

The voice of democracy


The voice of democracy Many journalists across America are grieving over the murders of fellow members of the press at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, MD.  We mourn their loss from afar. While they were dealing with one of the most horrendous acts they may ever witness, the staff was still able to publish a paper that very next […]

Road trip reveals a bit of history

Don’t you love road trips to places you’ve never been? And then, when you find out about a tidbit of historical information … it is even better! I had the chance to drive some small Texas roads this past weekend while heading to our Texas Press Association conference held in Conroe. The scenery was really pretty with rolling hills and […]

Senate panel conducts hearings on school violence, safety


Senate panel conducts hearings on school violence, safety AUSTIN — A panel of Texas Senate members on June 11 and 12 received input about ways to improve security on public school campuses. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who presides over the Senate, formed the legislative body’s Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Safety following the May shooting at Santa […]

Being bullied—being a survivor


Being bullied—being a survivor Many of us have been bullied as children. It happened to me when I was in first grade and several times later. The first time was when I was “beaten up” when I was on my way home. I wasn’t permanently damaged physically, but it hurt emotionally. When I told my parents about it I was […]

… it RAINED!!!


… it RAINED!!! I’m not sure if I missed it, but weren’t we supposed to have a 60 percent chance of rain on Monday? I’m not going to complain too much, since it did rain on Tuesday.  I do understand that the percentage that is mentioned in weather forecasts is based on the actual viewing/listening area. Plus, I found out […]

Summertime salad for Dad


Summertime salad for Dad I thought for the next few summer months that I would share a recipe every now and then. And since Father’s Day is this Sunday, this may appeal to your dear old dad. My dad loved cantaloupe and cucumbers, but we never made a salad with both ingredients together. His favorite salad was cukes, onion, tomatoes […]

Governor offers safety plan designed to prevent shootings at schools


Governor offers safety plan designed to prevent shootings at schools AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on May 30 joined state and local leaders in Dallas and San Marcos to unveil his School and Firearm Safety Action Plan.  The governor’s plan came 12 days after the Santa Fe High School shooting in which 10 people were killed and 10 people were […]

Homeward bound, but how?


Homeward bound, but how? Anyone who knows me fairly well knows I like trains and train travel. I have since my early childhood. And I have made some memorable trips by rail. But one stands out because of the very unusual nature of the train—a mail train operated by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe. And there were other memorable […]

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