Commentary

50 YEARS AGO in the Standard

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JANUARY 20, 1971 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA youth had another banner stock show Friday and Saturday under almost ideal weather conditions. A total of 826 entries were paraded before judges and large crowds of spectators.

Leaf pick-up

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I would like to give the city street department a big thank you for the work they’ve done picking up the leaves. They have done an outstanding job.

‘Let’s do this!’

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I read with great interest the report that Hill Country Memorial Hospital wants to ramp up its vaccine distribution, and that paperwork is being submitted to become a “mass vaccine provider.” I want to commend CEO Jayne Pope and Hill Country Memorial Hospital for taking the steps to apply to be a mass provider, and making the effort to partner with others in the Fredericksburg community to speed up vaccine distribution. City, county, medical, business and other community leaders are ready to step in to provide what help is needed with volunteers and site locations.

Stay diligent

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We are writing to express our gratitude to Mayor Kiehne for maintaining the mask ordinance in place through February. As business owners, we required masks in our retail locations and production facility weeks before an ordinance was in place.

Wishes

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“If horses were wishes, beggars would ride” (Scottish proverb). True, but nevertheless I wish that Jeryl Hoover’s wishes (expressed in the Jan.

Freedom of Speech

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We are facing a crisis in America. It is the ongoing erosion of free speech and the suppression of important information critical to a free society. Christopher Dodd, a long-time Democratic Senator from Connecticut said: “When the public’s right to know is threatened, and when the right of free speech and free press are at risk, all of the liberties we hold dear are endangered.”

Hold accountable

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Like millions of Americans, I am saddened and outraged by last week’s assault on the U.S. Capitol building. I believe that we will eventually remember the shocking events of Jan. 6, 2021 in the manner we remember Dec. 7, 1941 and Sept. 11, 2001.

Applaud mayor

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I wrote a little over a month ago regarding my concern with the health of our community during this time of COVID-19. With a New Year and the coming of a new vaccine(s) for the virus, there is hope for that light at the end of the tunnel to look forward to.

Consequences needed for Capitol violence

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We all should be outraged at last week’s Capitol violence that occurred at the hands of selfproclaimed “patriots.” This act of insurrection caused five deaths and could have been fatal to many lawmakers who were present.