Commentary

Coke Stevenson, LBJ and the mysterious Box 13

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Six days after the election, it looked like Coke Stevenson had beaten Lyndon Johnson in the 1948 Democratic Primary runoff for the U.S. Senate seat from Texas, but there was a little problem with arithmetic down in Jim Wells County.

Housing moves slow, but progress noted

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This week, the housing crunch in Fredericksburg hit home with our company. We are losing a great employee and her husband to a market close to Houston. They are two very hard-working people and we wish them nothing but the best. And while family connections were

A full decade of a bad decision

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Over the past decade, concerns about dark money in politics have taken a back seat to concerns about election rigging or maliciously using social media to influence outcomes. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t continue to strive for more donor disclosure. The sad thing is that the more time passes since the 2010 Citizens United decision, the more both parties get used to taking dark money.

Mile High Thoughts

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Women were the real winners of Sunday night’s match-up that featured the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers.

State Capitol Highlights

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AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 30 commented on a White House briefing about actions to stem the transmission of novel coronavirus in the United States.

Hindsights

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On March 19, 1977, at 2:30 in the afternoon, a lone mud dauber flew in low over South Grape Creek, darted around for a few minutes and landed on an empty beer can. The crowd of 8,000 went wild, scaring the daylights out of the nervous little critter who immediately lit out in the direction of Cain City.

Lights off for neighbors

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If you own an AirBnB, VRBO, HomeAway, guest house, vacation rental or B&B in Fredericksburg and have patio lights that you leave on, could you please consider your neighbors? In my block, the guesthouse on the block behind us has patio lights that get turned on when the guests are to arrive. Apparently, some guests like lights shining into the bedroom windows. And they like them shining into mine. Last year, during the holidays, the lights were left on for 10 days. If you — AirBnB, VRBO, HomeAway, guest house, vacation rental or B&B owner — demand that patio lights be on when your guests arrive, could you build a bigger fence? Because your lights don’t stop at your property line. I could turn on the floodlight on the back of my storage building that would flood your backyard. And I don’t have to turn it off — like your guests don’t have to. Do you really want me to become a jerk? Because I will. I don’t mind. Just like you, I don’t mind how you affect me. You can’t leave a review for me. But your guests can leave a review that there is a jerk that lives behind your guesthouse.

It’s census time and Texas needs us all

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Did you hear the one about the student doing a census count at an elderly woman’s home? He asked, “Ma’am, have you lived here all of your life?” She replied, “Not yet!”

Texas Type

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From the files: Regard for ‘a couple of locals’