Commentary

Consider others, have faith in our freedoms

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Thank you, Mayor Gary Neffendorf and the city council, for having the courage and care to institute an ordinance for people to wear masks in the city. As visitors stream back into the county, Gillespie’s numbers have quadrupled over the past several weeks.

Spike in cases shows need for vote by mail

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As COVID-19 cases surge across the state, Gov. Greg Abbott is urging Texans to stay home as much as possible to slow the virus’s deadly spread.

Governor caps bars in light of virus

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AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the state to slow down the reopening process for bars and other venues as coronavirus-related infections, hospitalizations and deaths continued to increase in Texas last week.

Masking my flaws, insecurities

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I’ve been trying to keep a positive attitude during this coronavirus pandemic. Since all the normal rules of decorum have been bleached out of my household, I’ve learned to re-adjust my values and daily schedule. A good example of what I mean is the fact that I had a piece of cake for breakfast this morning. On more than a few occasions, I’ve had a glass of wine or two with lunch.

50 YEARS AGO in the Standard

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Three days of festivities are slated for the Fourth of July Festival, Thursday through Sunday at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

The challenges of the coronavirus continue

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Readers, we are doing our darndest to bring you an accurate picture of this county’s challenges with the novel coronavirus. Dealing with different information sources, lag time between different agency reporting and a constantly changing information picture has its challenges.

Would you sign a blank check?

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Most people would answer that question with a resounding “no” — they want to know how much, for what, why and who will benefit from the use of their money. But if you think your obligation to participate in your local government ends once you voted, you are signing a blank check.