Commentary

50 YEARS AGO in the Standard

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Over 200 members attended the Gillespie County Farm Bureau’s annual county convention Thursday evening at the American Legion Hall. A detailed soil survey of nearly 10,000 acres of land in and around the City of Fredericksburg has been completed.

A trying time for our FISD trustees

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When it began, no one knew how serious or how long the coronavirus pandemic would last. No one anticipated that seven months after it began it would have disastrous effects on human life, everyday interactions and what was a solid economy.

State revenue picture will be a challenge

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Any estimate of projected state revenues this year will be subject to uncertainty. As sure as it seemed an economic thaw was coming to the state, we had another spike in coronavirus cases.

Recognizing a paper’s value in ‘cancel’ era

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Last night, two of our reporters covered meetings by the Fredericksburg Independent School District Board of Trustees and the Fredericksburg City Council. As usual, they were the only media present. We livestreamed the school trustee meeting on our Facebook page, hoping to let the public take in what we were witnessing. We don’t charge the district for this and hope to upgrade our technology to eventually have better capabilities. I listened to the proceedings online, like a lot of other people.

Early voting starts October 13

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Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order and a Texas Supreme Court decision changed some counties’ plans for handling mail-in ballots for the Nov.

Hearing from both sides

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Cathy Collier Gillespie County Democratic Party Chair It didn’t have to be like this. Children separated from their grandparents; students learning remotely; an economy teetering on the brink of crisis; over 211,000 of our fellow citizens dead.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Taxes Ken Cooke is appalled by the report that, according to The New York Times, President Trump paid minimal taxes the last few years. I’d like to offer a few thoughts.

50 YEARS AGO in the Standard

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Joe H. Derrick Sr. of Stephenville received the first Lady Bird Johnson Highway Beautification Award during a program held Friday afternoon at the amphitheater at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park in Stonewall.

Support Oktoberfest differently in 2020

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This year will be an unforgettable Oktoberfest. Maybe not in the way we would prefer, but the sponsoring organization is hosting the first-ever digital Oktoberfest in light of continued COVID-19 pandemic risks posed by the usual crowds at Fredericksburg’s signature event.