Commentary

Postal service is too valuable to let fail

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If any industry has a lovehate relationship with the United States Postal Service, it is the newspaper industry. Our local postal drivers are dependable and get our product to the customer on time and intact, and we know a lot of them by name.

Governor, president spotlight pandemic

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AUSTIN — Texas, along with the rest of the nation and the world, continued to battle the COVID-19 pandemic last week as cases and deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus increased.

This town’s crazy local politics

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Fredericksburg, Texas in the early 20th century was believed to be the largest unincorporated village in the country. It was a community of 2,000 people, clustered along and a few blocks either side of Main Street, with no city government and no city services.

Road to economic recovery will be long

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Judging by this weekend’s visitor traffic, it might be said our area’s economy is on the road to recovery. But it is likely going to be a very long road.

Rural care one of Texas’ ‘Greatest Needs’

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Did anyone catch the “60 Minutes” report Sunday about rural healthcare? That industry, in the most isolated and economically depressed parts of Texas, is on life support.

What I would give for a hug from Mom

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Do I chance a visit to Mom for Mother’s Day? Do I drive to my hometown to give her a hug and a bottle of wine and risk bringing this unseen, viral illness to her? Or do I just sit this year out and hope for a quick reduction in COVID-19 cases?

Business reopened on limited basis

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AUSTIN — An executive order issued by Gov. Greg Abbott to reopen in-store retail shopping, dine-in restaurants, movie theaters, museums, libraries and more took effect May 1 and will continue through May 15.

A view from the Hill Country

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The world has changed. In the span of 90 days, an unlikely viral emissary from Mother Nature has issued forth from a market in Wuhan, China and spread across the globe with dizzying speed and crushing effect. Who could have thought such a tiny, invisible strand of RNA with a flimsy protein coat arranged in a crown-like array, quite pretty on electron microscopy, could wreak so much havoc? We are now finding out.