Commentary

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Taxes Ken Cooke is appalled by the report that, according to The New York Times, President Trump paid minimal taxes the last few years. I’d like to offer a few thoughts.

50 YEARS AGO in the Standard

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Joe H. Derrick Sr. of Stephenville received the first Lady Bird Johnson Highway Beautification Award during a program held Friday afternoon at the amphitheater at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park in Stonewall.

Support Oktoberfest differently in 2020

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This year will be an unforgettable Oktoberfest. Maybe not in the way we would prefer, but the sponsoring organization is hosting the first-ever digital Oktoberfest in light of continued COVID-19 pandemic risks posed by the usual crowds at Fredericksburg’s signature event.

Health underfunding hampers virus efforts

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In a conservative state, it’s no surprise Texas does not lead the way in health funding. In 2019, it was 40th among the 50 states, spending just $17 per person.

Truth should guide all in the Oval Office

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Brother, can you spare a dime for the President of the United States? Seems he needs it. On Sunday, a report by The New York Times showed the 45th Commander in Chief had paid little to nothing for 18 of the past 20 years in federal income taxes.

Texas’ bullet train on fast track

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Texas’ first- and third-largest cities could be in daily commuting distance from each other via the high-speed Texas Central Railroad. Proponents of the proposed bullet train hailed two historic milestones last week: The Federal Railroad Administration released its rules of the road for the project and approved the environmental review and route for the track between Houston and Dallas.

The Domino Parlor

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didn’t know Willkommen from Auf wiedersehen the first time I wandered into the I Domino Parlor in Fredericksburg. It was the summer of 1981. I was the new guy in town, looking for a fast game of Moon or 42, but there wasn’t a domino in sight.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Keep safety rules I visited with a man recently who lost his wife to COVID-19. She contracted the disease in early July when new infections were exploding in Texas.

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.