Commentary

Vaccine thanks

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I would like to send a huge “Thank You” to the Texas Department of State Health Services and Hill Country Memorial Hospital for the great job they did on the COVID-19 vaccine administered on Jan. 14 at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Vaccine priorities

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COVID-19 vaccine priorities from the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) were released this past weekend which put the most vulnerable to COVID-19 as the lowest priority! Why? Why are all the least vulnerable staff (mostly all under age 65) being vaccinated first? The hospitalizations and deaths will remain high as long as the most vulnerable don’t get treatment! TDEM vaccination priorities: Phase 1: Hospital and long-term care staff, EMS, home healthcare, long-term care staff. Phase 2A: Outpatient medical staff, non-critical transport staff, health care in correctional facilities, free-standing medical and urgent care facilities, pharmacy staff, “last responders,” school nurses and teachers, Phase 2B: People over 65 or 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition.

Wear a mask

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Wearing a mask, washing your hands, social distancing is not a Republican or Democratic issue. Governor Abbott has issued an executive order that a state of disaster continues to exist in all counties in Texas due to COVID-19.

‘Voter fraud’

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It really amazes me that the Democrats, and their cronies, actually believe they can convince 75 million Trump voters that there was no fraud. They are so predictable, I was trying to get someone to take my bet in December that come January they would be all be saying this exact same thing. This is what the Democrats do to demonize their opponents.

Distribution

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In Bosque County, the COVID-19 vaccine was administered to senior citizens last week. The latest information from Hill Country Memorial states that they are still working on a plan to administer the vaccine.

Vaccine is promising, but patience needed

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It’s understandable that people are anxious about getting the vaccine. And there is some sunrise on the horizon where this is concerned. But we will all still need patience when dealing with the systems put in place when full-bore distribution and administration becomes available.

January is Crime Stoppers Month

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January has been declared Crime Stoppers Month in Texas, and we salute this organization that has had a hand in solving hundreds of thousands of crimes since its inception in 1976. Crime Stoppers programs enable citizens to anonymously report on crimes for cash rewards, helping to put criminals behind bars and assisting in crime reduction efforts.

Some screentime for German Hill Country

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Want to see a good movie with some Hill Country ties? Check out “News of the World,” which was released on demand last weekend. Christine and I curled up on the couch to watch Tom Hanks’ portrayal as “Captain Jefferson Kidd” in 1870 Texas.

Observers welcome quiet Lege opener

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The Texas Legislature opened quietly, which delighted everyone after the violence inside the U.S. Capitol the previous week.

Hal and Charlie Peterson — Big Dreams

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Hal “Boss” Peterson left the family ranch at 15 years old to work at Mr. Weston’s garage at the corner of Water Street and Sidney Baker in Kerrville. By the time Boss was 18, he and his brother Charlie owned the place. The Peterson Garage and Auto Company became the cornerstone of a family business empire.