Commentary

Feel short-changed? Lots more life ahead

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It won’t be the same. But that’s OK. Graduation will still be held, but mostly with classmates and two (hopefully masked) family members. It will likely consist of parents and no crazy cousins or proud uncles hollering, holding signs and bringing bouquets.

Reopening on a wing and a prayer

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Perhaps the most unnerving thing about this unseen COVID-19 virus that has upended life, is just how little we know about it. We can’t see it and those who carry it may be infected yet not show signs for days, potentially spreading it to those they come in contact with.

Texas bolsters efforts to reduce spread

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AUSTIN — Testing, sanitizing and emergency food benefits increased as Texas entered its third month of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

On COVID-19, context is critical

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“She was driving 55 miles per hour.” “He lied.” Without context, you cannot evaluate the significance of these statements of fact. Was she in a school zone (too fast), on I-10 heading toward El Paso (too slow), or on Highway 16 just south of Friendship Lane (just right)? Was he lying under oath to a judge (illegal), telling a fishing tale to a buddy (not illegal), or a soldier resisting interrogation by an enemy (heroic)?

Challenging stereotypes about Gen Z

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I don’t know about y’all, but I’m tired of hearing about the coronavirus. It appears as if all other newsworthy stories ceased to exist once the western world began taking the virus seriously and now the only breaking news that scrolls across the bottom of the screen is related to COVID-19.

It’s the end of an era for Fredericksburg

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It is always tempting to say government officials “aren’t doing enough” or “aren’t moving quickly enough.” We see it a lot here, where a few newcomers are impatient with the pace of change in rural towns.

Pandemic points to ponder on schools

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As we continue forging this global pandemic and learning how to deal with it, one former Bush cabinet secretary made good points on how to serve our public schools during this.