Commentary

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.

Action taken to slow deadly virus

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AUSTIN — Texas is more invested every day in promoting increased and thorough hand washing, disinfecting surfaces and social distancing to reduce cases of the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

LOOKING BACK AT ... Deer hunting with JFK and LBJ

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It seemed only natural that a visit to Gillespie County by the guy about to become the most powerful man in the free world coincided with the opening of deer season, although I do have trouble seeing John Fitzgerald Kennedy of Massachusetts sitting in a Hill Country deer blind dressed in camo soaked in Buck Bomb.