Senate panel passes legislation to fund state highways

Published Wednesday, March 4, 2015
By Ed Sterling

The Senate Transportation Committee tentatively approved two pieces of legislation Feb. 25 that would take a portion of various motor vehicle related taxes and dedicate that money to road and bridge construction and maintenance.

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What’s your story?

Published Saturday, February 28, 2015
By Jake Harris

We've rearranged our beats here at the Messenger, and I'm now in charge of writing about more than just city council and school board meetings and the occasional feature story.

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Express your opinion, vote and live with the results

Published Saturday, February 28, 2015
By Gerre Joiner

I love this country. It's a country in which dear friends can exchange ideas about the same controversial subject and still be friends.

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Why can’t November elections look more like May’s?

Published Wednesday, February 25, 2015
By Brian Knox

With the filing deadline for the May election coming up on Friday, I'm reminded of why I like these elections more than general elections.

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Governor gives lawmakers his state budget priorities

Published Wednesday, February 25, 2015
By Ed Sterling

On Feb. 17, Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his first State of the State address during a joint session of the Texas House and Senate and released his recommendations for the two-year 2016-2017 state budget.

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Choosing your targets

Published Saturday, February 21, 2015
By Bob Buckel

I've never owned, or even been allowed to play with, a laser pointer. It makes me crazy when people use them in presentations, pointing to stuff on PowerPoint slides. I spend so much time just trying to find the little red dot, I forget what they're talking about.

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Gay marriage no concern

Published Saturday, February 21, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

History was made yesterday. It was a meaningful moment that will forever mark a lifelong commitment between two people.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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More guns make no one safer

Published Saturday, January 31, 2015
By Bob Buckel

New Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said the other day the "open carry" issue - the right to openly carry a gun in Texas - did not have the votes to be a priority for the 84th Legislature. When I heard that, I breathed a huge sigh of relief.

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Musings of a drug-addled hypochondriac

Published Saturday, January 31, 2015
By Jimmy Alford

Until last January, I never knew what "hay fever" was. I know now.

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