Commentary

Tracking COVID-19 with fax machines — really?

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Beep, beep, beep, errrrkkkk. That screeching noise is the chorus of overwhelmed fax machines in Harris County and beyond receiving thousands of pages of COVID-19 test results.

Support for those who feed us

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Most every business is struggling these days, but few have been impacted as much as restaurants and bars. We want to lend our support to a bill in Congress that would provide relief.

Let’s search together for capital ideas

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AUSTIN — Ed Sterling wrote this column for almost three decades, so let’s open by celebrating his contributions to the Texas Press Association and its members. Ed was the calm, steady voice keeping us informed and interested.

My children are like viruses

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I can’t figure out how, as a parent, I can give my two teenagers the tools they need to deal with this ever changing COVID-19 situation. What I’m finding out is that it is my teenagers who are giving me the tools I need to maneuver my way through this ever-changing time.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Think of HCM team Each day, I have the privilege of leading the most remarkable team of healthcare heroes, people who come to work at HCM every day with a deep dedication to their work — a dedication to caring for their patients. And caring for these patients is the WHY behind what they do.

50 YEARS AGO in the Standard

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The 75th annual Gillespie County Schuetzenfest will open with a parade down Main Street on Saturday morning. As soon as the parade is over, the group will move out to the Bear Creek Shooting Range for the Schuetzenfest to be held Saturday and Sunday.

Start of school still has many questions

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Oh, for the days of back-to-school shopping being our main latesummer concern. While everyone wants school to begin and get some semblance of “normal” back, there are still a lot of questions about implementing classroom instruction, sports activities, cafeteria breaks and many other areas without facilitating the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Eyes of Texas are on its budget shortfall

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Texas comptroller Glenn Hegar on Monday said the state will end fiscal 2021 with a $4.6 billion shortfall in revenue and legislators will be charged with meeting the challenges of a global pandemic and balancing books.

We all choose our response to storms

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I am checking out of everything for a short while. The mountains of West Texas, plus its sparse population, are calling. And to be honest, I have been wanting to disappear since this entire coronavirus began.