Commentary

In our fields, signs of hope and spring

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The grey days of winter and early spring, combined with this coronavirus malaise, have made for depressing times as many of us stay in our homes, leaving only for the necessities.

Through times both thick and thin

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Daily I look up at the photo of my grandfather, who ran our hometown paper from 1936 and continued to work until the day he died at age 84. (There are pics of my greatgrandfather and my father, too, all inspiring publishers.)

Texas disaster declaration granted

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AUSTIN — President Trump on March 25 issued a major disaster declaration for the state of Texas as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Peter’s Hall

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When Ed Peter built a large wooden dancehall behind his saloon and restaurant in Fredericksburg, it quickly became an important part of community life. Peter’s Hall was a gathering place for people of all ages and an amusement center unlike any other.

A man and his family

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His name was Bert. He was a first-generation American, son of a German tailor.

Local business needs us more than ever

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Local businesses routinely get asked to support every type of organization with donations, whether monetary, in-kind, gift cards or advertising in programs. Amazon.com and other national online retailers never support Fredericksburg’s organizations, yet because of their convenience a lot of dollars get sent their way.

Even in dark times, ‘Sunshine’ needed

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Sunshine Week, which promotes open government at all levels, passed last week in the flurry and worry of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on society. We are usually a staunch promoter of Sunshine Week, but like many other important issues, it went on the back burner in these pages.

The toilet paper apocalypse

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Normally, I stockpile two-ply rolls from my favorite warehouse club store. However, this hasn’t been a usual month in my household.