With the budget, the President calls the shots

Published Saturday, February 21, 2015
By Lee Hamilton

It may not be obvious from the news coverage, but a good bit of Congress's 2015 agenda just landed on Capitol Hill with a thud. I mean this literally.

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Chico trustee explains vote on bond issue

Published Saturday, February 21, 2015
By W.E. "Bill" Hand

I feel as an elected member of the board of trustees of Chico Independent School District, I should explain why I voted as I did, against the bond election that is going to be presented to you, the voters.

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Legalized Pot

Published Saturday, February 21, 2015
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Lake life is a distant memory

Published Wednesday, February 18, 2015
By Kristen Tribe

"The lake" and all it entails - afternoon swims, favorite fishing holes and crispy sunburns - have been part of my family's standard summer for decades.

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Abbott joins other governors in urging against veto

Published Wednesday, February 18, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Feb. 12 announced he had joined a coalition of 24 governors in signing and sending a letter to President Obama that urges the nation's chief executive "to reconsider his threat" to veto legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Lent Taxes

Published Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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Corporate wisdom

Published Saturday, February 14, 2015
By Bob Buckel

I am far from the smartest investor who ever lived, but give me credit. At least I never bought stock in RadioShack.

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Critical services depend on strong contract oversight

Published Saturday, February 14, 2015
By Jane Nelson

Our commitment to Texas' most vulnerable citizens is a sacred responsibility.

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Dogs of War

Published Saturday, February 14, 2015
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Apollo 11

Published Saturday, February 14, 2015
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Public service information regarding the goose

Published Wednesday, February 11, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

Definition of the term goose: "To sharply poke or pinch someone. Derived from a goose's inclination to bite at a retreating intruder's hindquarters."

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Senate panel hears testimony on funding needs

Published Wednesday, February 11, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Last week, the Senate Finance Committee began groundwork for its budget-writing duties with public hearings on four consecutive days.

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Open letter to ISIS

Published Wednesday, February 11, 2015
By Mark K. Jadrych

So, you thought that by burning the young Jordanian pilot alive you would deny him paradise and his 72 virgins.

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American Sniper

Published Wednesday, February 11, 2015
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Supporting troops means more than watching a movie

Published Saturday, February 7, 2015
By Jake Harris

There's a scene in "American Sniper," Clint Eastwood's film about Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, where Kyle takes his young son with him to the auto shop to get his truck tuned up.

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Got a lift?

Published Saturday, February 7, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

There was a man who lived a quiet life and without much fanfare, worked for years, made many friends, served faithfully through his church, and died a few years ago at the end of a long and fruitful life.

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More guns would make Texas safer

Published Saturday, February 7, 2015
By Brian Bernardo

I read the article in the Messenger today ("More guns make no one safer," Bob Buckel, Jan. 31). Then I reread it.

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Anti-Vaxxer Neglidence

Published Saturday, February 7, 2015
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Strong as ever: Messenger’s Update approaches middle age

Published Wednesday, February 4, 2015
By Brian Knox

A member of the Messenger family turned 39 Monday and got its customary visit from thousands of loyal readers. I get to spend time with this dedicated news provider every morning, and afternoon, and sometimes on the weekends, and occasionally, even in the middle of the night. News never sleeps, and neither does Update.

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Budget-writing process begins in Senate committee

Published Wednesday, February 4, 2015
By Ed Sterling

On Jan. 28 the main work of the Texas Legislature started when the state budget-writing Senate Finance Committee met at the Capitol.

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