Commentary

Austin once home to Civil War foundry

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A century and a half before anyone would think of producing a “Keep Austin Weird” bumper sticker, voters in the capital city did not always model the rest of Texas.

Open hearts best way to combat Black Swan

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High profile. Hard to predict. Rare. Those are the traits of a Black Swan event. And that is what we are living through presently with the threat of COVID-19. Social media seems to fuel the fires of

Timeless wisdom of C.S. Lewis

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The following from C.S. Lewis, the late British writer and lay theologian, has been making the rounds in the wake of the latest global pandemic. It was written in 1948 after the dawn of the atomic age, which ushered in a new threat, new fears and uncertainty.

Reminders of what matters in 2020

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The start of the New Year has been nothing short of overwhelming, exciting and even a little uncertain. And we are only halfway through March.

Statewide disaster declaration issued

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AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on March 13 declared a state of disaster in all Texas counties and listed actions agencies are taking to contain and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, a contagious flu-like respiratory disease.

We can all take steps to mitigate virus harm

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It’s amazing how quickly things have changed within a week. After feeling this coronavirus threat would simply blow over, and was perhaps blown up by the national media, it has continued its creep into the country and, with no vaccine, has gotten worse in other countries.

The basics tenets of open government

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Whatever our political views, certainly we can agree we have the right to know how local government in Texas is conducting business. How are taxpayer dollars spent? Who is influencing decisions?

A fast-thinking fisherman

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Except during a feeding frenzy when they’re willing to eat just about anything, fish must be outsmarted to be caught. When they aren’t biting, an angler has to offer something that will tempt a fish — even when it’s not particularly hungry — to chomp down on a morsel that just looks too good to pass up.