Commentary

A justice concerned with true equality

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We don’t often think about Supreme Court justices in our daily lives, but the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg brought reflection about how she helped change life for the better, particularly for women.

Grateful to conscientious commissioners

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We gave a high-five to city council members three weeks ago when they lowered the tax rate for locals, and this week we do the same for Gillespie County Commissioners. Virtually no person, no job, has been unaffected by the coronavirus and its effect on the economy.

Sweating it out is good for the soul

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I write this sore but grateful from after three sets of tennis with friends. After six months of isolation, “holing up” at home, and mostly avoiding interactions with others, I have been ecstatic to return to the tennis courts at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park to get in time with friends from the Fredericksburg Tennis Association.

Get your flu shot, governor says

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While scientists race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is urging everyone to get a flu shot.

Autumn: A chill pill for America

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Autumn has arrived — and it couldn’t come soon enough. I love this time of year — the brilliant colors, the chilly air, the sweet yet tart taste of apple cider, and the smell of oak burning in a firepit.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Ripple effect This begins with my deepest gratitude to the Hill Country Community Needs Council as they went ahead and approved my costly car repair. In turn, I thank all who have contributed monetarily or in any way to aid others.

50 YEARS AGO in the Standard

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Editor’s note: Doh! Did we blow it. Last week’s placeholder text, meant to provide a word count for our writer for this column, was inadvertently left in and printed. We apologize for that error and have last week’s and this week’s 50 Years Ago column printed below.

As visitors return, let’s be conscientious

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Coronavirus hasn’t run its course yet and some are predicting it could last well into 2021. But local businesses are dealing with the seemingly constant changes, continuing that storied Fredericksburg hospitality, and welcoming back locals and visitors.

Elections are fights, settled by voters

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It’s election season, peak time for the power of negative thinking. With voters making their decisions about what to do when the polls open in October — just a month from now — politicians aren’t talking about solving problems.

Pandemic messes with Texas

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Even during a pandemic, it’s best to not mess with Texas. Texas Department of Transportation officials noticed more personal protective equipment — face masks, wipes and gloves — on the side of roads and highways, so they called in the big guns for a new round of “Don’t mess with Texas” commercials.