Commentary

Wed
26
Feb

Park entrance needs attention

Popularity of park causes traffic back-up on crowded days; solution needed

By Ken Esten Cooke— With spring break just around the corner, we’d like to draw attention to a popular springtime attraction that poses a potential danger.

The entrance to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, located about 15 miles north of Fredericksburg on RR 965, needs attention. The no-shoulder, two-lane farm-to-market road is unforgiving when coupled with today’s driving habits and park crowds. On weekends when the park hosts 5,000 or more people (they total 250,000 annually), cars are backed up and blocking the road for hours at a time.

Wed
12
Feb

It’s so nice to have a man around the house

By Danny Hirt —

When it comes to domestic tranquility, I always try to remember the sage words of advice from my personal life coach, Dr. Phil — “Happy wife, happy life!”

This suggestion is a restatement of the backwoods expression, “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!”

But there is truth in what the good doctor says. And it’s become a life strategy that’s worked well for me.

Now, guys, don’t get the wrong idea. I’ve not turned into some kind of Caspar Milquetoast as I proceed through my married life. Just the opposite; I think I’m on to something that is helping my marriage.

Let’s look at it this way — being married is a partnership of a very personal nature. We’re in it for the long haul, so why not make the best of it.

And making the best of it for the husband should include helping out around the house, as well as other things.

Wed
12
Feb

Fact sheet info 'was not threat to sue'

By Kent Myers, City Manager —

Last week there was an article in the Standard-Radio Post about the city election on May 10 that will include a proposed amendment to the city charter. This article has resulted in a number of inquiries to City Hall.  I am writing this to respond to these inquiries.

Prior to submitting the charter amendment petition, the city attorney and I met with about seven local citizens who were proponents of the petition. We told this group that we were in the process of developing new financial management policies and would try to address their concerns in our new policies. 

Wed
05
Feb

The Russian roulette of narcotic drug use

Super Bowl Sunday was dampened in spirit by the early morning reports of the death of this generation’s greatest actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Whether you enjoyed him in “Capote,” “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Mission: Impossible, III” or a slew of other films, it is a notable loss of another great artist to drug use.

Hoffman, the stage and screen genius, died of a heroin overdose, the same drug that escorted jazz innovator Charlie Parker to an early death, killed rockers Janis Joplin and Dee Dee Ramone, and ended the life of young actor River Phoenix.

Like everyone, I thought, “What a waste,” as I contemplated this man just five months younger than myself, an artist on top of the acting world, winner of the highest awards and accolades, owner of a healthy estate, and father of three young children. What makes people who seem to have everything tempt death by inching up to the line with substances they know to be fatal?

Wed
05
Feb

When worried about hackers, cash is king

By Ana Veciana-Suarez— Back in the day, a hack was not an act but a person – a writer who elevated the use of cliches to an art form or an artist too lazy to stray from a tried-and-true formula.

Hack now means something altogether different. The mere mention of the word spurs us to scrutinize our credit card statements, and for good reason. If you’ve ever had your identity stolen, you know that getting your financial house back in order can be as long and painful a process as a flare-up of shingles. As debilitating, too.

Wed
05
Feb

FISD encourages the question, ‘Why not you?’

NASA, SpaceX employees don’t let small-town stigma hold them back

By Ken Esten Cooke— The Super Bowl and space exploration don’t have many common traits. But the attitude of “can do” permeates both things where an NFL star quarterback and local high school graduates are concerned.

Russell Wilson — the comparatively short, non-prototypical quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks — was raised right. He told reporters after Sunday’s big game: “My dad used to always tell me, ‘Russ, why not you?’ And what that meant was believe in yourself, believe in the talent God has given you even though you are 5 foot 11, and you can go a long way.”

Those reinforcing words are invaluable to a child’s confidence. We should all encourage our children to be so secure in themselves and their talents. It’s a big world out there — and a big universe, too.

Wed
05
Feb

A miracle child to support

Help ‘Sweet Marley’ by ordering a shirt, wearing it on surgery day

By Ken Esten Cooke— There is a special gal in town who needs our support in her ongoing tough battle with a rare disease.

Marley Bedford, the three-year-old namesake of “Sweet Marley’s” yogurt and sandwich shop, will have another surgery on Feb. 17 to address complications of Rhizomelic Chondro Dysplasia Punctata, or “Rhizo,” a rare disease that affects fewer than 100 children nationwide.

Most children with the disease don’t live to see their first birthday, yet Marley is not three and has walked and talked, far more than was ever expected.

Wed
29
Jan

Crime Stoppers gives law a helping hand

It’s “Crime Stoppers Month” in Texas, and we take time to recognize the growth and popularity of this organization as well as all the volunteer time and effort given by our local entity’s board of directors.

Crime Stoppers, Inc. was founded in 1976 in Albuquerque, N.M., as a way for the public to give a helping hand to law enforcement agencies. Using citizens to solicit tips on crime was a novel concept at that time, yet these days we must do our part to help guard against everything from violent crime to petty theft.

Tony Klein, chairman of the Gillespie County Crime Stoppers group, reminded that while citizens can help stop criminal activity, they themselves may also be in for some reward money.

The hallmark of the organization is that it guarantees anonymity for those who call in a tip (or text or submit via the organization’s website, as current technology allows).

Wed
29
Jan

We complain it's cold, but it's all relative

By Sherrie Y. Geistweidt

 

What will Sunday’s weather have in store for us?

What’s so special about Sunday, other than Feb. 2 being the date of the Band Boosters’ turkey dinner, niece Kallie’s birthday and the Super Bowl?

Why, it’s Ground Hog Day — the day when we all find out if this unbearably cold winter weather lasts for six more weeks or if warmer temperatures are just around the corner.

There was a day last fall when the first cool front arrived that I vowed to never again complain about the cool weather after the hot dry summer was fading away. I complain that I’m not a “sun worshipper,” and then come about mid-February, I’m complaining again that I don’t like the cold, either. So which one is it?

Wed
22
Jan

More to do on water conservation issues

Comptroller states water challenges go far beyond voter-approved $2 billion

By Ken Esten Cooke— The years-long drought has amplified what is a growing concern for Texas and its economy: the need for ample supplies of fresh water.

As of last October, about 27 percent of the state’s community water systems were under voluntary or mandatory water restrictions (including Fredericksburg’s).

Though voters in November approved $2 billion in seed money for water projects statewide, much has yet to be done, and we are hopeful that encouraged innovations will bring about ways to create, reuse or otherwise tap into previously unused water sources.

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