Commentary

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’

Life lessons from a Laker

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We don’t often take up sports issues in this space, but the sports world lost an influential athlete over the weekend — one who reached into succeeding generations.

Suit filed for online motor voter registration

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Last week, the League of Women Voters of Texas and other plaintiffs filed a federal lawsuit claiming Texas violates the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) by not providing voter registration with driver’s license applications online.