Commentary

Rights vs. obligations

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With social distancing and precautionary activities underway in response to COVID-19, there have been a number of people asserting their right to do as they please. Some note they are willing to accept the consequences of their actions.

State bolsters virus testing efforts

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AUSTIN — Texas continued to feel the effects of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic last week as Gov. Greg Abbott and advisors worked on a plan to ease his statewide stay-at-home order.

Best things about an awful virus

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I’m trying to find a silver lining in all this pandemic business and I think I’ve succeeded. It started with a shift in my attitude about small things like hand washing. I must admit that before the coronavirus, I sometimes shirked my responsibilities in the hand-washing department.

OK to share concern for health and economy

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Let’s get this straight: Being concerned about COVID-19’s drastic effect on the business economy and being concerned about the risk of more exposure and getting sick are not mutually exclusive.

Please support magazine advertisers

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We have held our semi-annual GoFredericksburg Visitors Guide magazine for more than a month since it was returned from the printer.

What is the value of your local news?

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One of the few silver linings during this pandemic chapter in American life is that some people are realizing the value of local news. With our frenzy of postings, visits to our website have nearly quadrupled as people look for the latest on this crazy, virus-fueled chapter of our lives.

Orders move state toward re-opening

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In line with signals from the White House to restart the nation’s economy, Gov. Greg Abbott on April 17 issued executive orders to move the Lone Star State toward normalizing citizens’ activities during the COVID-19 crisis.

Bad movies good for the soul

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I have a confession. I love terrible movies, and this shelter-in-place, stay-at-home or safer-at-home order we have going on has given me the perfect excuse to indulge. And if I’m being honest, these bad movies are also helping keep me sane.