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Flags for vets

I’m going to use my space this week to brag on a friend of mine. more

Recovering from Harvey

Seeing how citizens have responded to Hurricane Harvey should make all Texans proud. more

Should President Trump Quit?

Should President Donald Trump quit? A large percentage of Americans voted against him and continue to dislike him. more

Facebook knows what about me?

A chat window opened on my computer screen. A Facebook "friend" I didn't know began communicating with me."Happy birthday, Tom!" wrote the woman."Who told you it was my birthday?" I wrote back."You … more

Fruitful Family and Friends

I’m always up to trying new things. A couple of weeks ago, I tried figs. I even climbed a ladder, fought with bees, and picked them—figs, not bees. more

What real tax reform could look like

No matter our politics, most Americans have a beef with taxes. And it’s no wonder. more

Austin isn’t Washington D.C.

Since I entered public service in 2009, first as a member of the Cedar Park City Council and now as a state representative, I’ve met thousands of people in our area.  As you can imagine, … more

Banks defend their right to be dishonest

“Greed is good,” proclaimed Gordon Gekko, lead character in a 1987 film lampooning the low ethics of the high finance barons of Wall Street.You might think that, surely, this Hollywood portrayal … more

The Alternate States of America

We, in America, have been living in alternate states of reality for quite some time. They are neither red or blue. They are states of consciousness and perception.New borders and boundaries have been … more

Paying it Forward

Recently, I wrote a column on the late Don Roberts. I received more positive feedback from that column than anything I’ve ever written. Coach Roberts talked the talk and, more importantly, walked the walk. more

The ‘why’ behind bad grades

The end of the school year has a tendency to bring crises to my attention.I’m a graduate teaching assistant, which means I have more face-to-face contact with the students than the professor I work … more

Broader consequences of pulling put of Iran deal

President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly called 'the Iran Deal,' has gained us nothing, and could potentially cost us much more … more

A special day at the home place

I’ve never claimed to be Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor. In fact, I’d say I’m more Rip Taylor than Tim Taylor, without the confetti and bad toupee, of course. I may not be much of a tool man, … more

Riding With Cats … Again

I served three year-long tours of duty in Iraq, and for the most part am okay but have nearly lost my mind during the chaotic cruises with the cats. First, there’s Maggie. She had what appeared … more

My first pair of reading glasses

I enjoy reading but haven’t read many books in recent years. I always enjoyed reading the paper, too. Lately, however, the bulk of my reading involves a daily devotion, restaurant menus, and the proofreading of these articles. That’s about it. more

A Discombobulated Hike

Last week, while hiking on the hills overlooking beautiful Lake Martin in East Alabama, a snake fell on Lucy’s shoulder. She screamed at the top of her lungs, which startled me. Abigail just looked … more

The Critters Are Out

The other day, I walked past one of the azalea bushes. I noticed something strange, so I moved in for a closer look. Wrapped around one of the branches was a little snake—a monster of a snake … more

Christianity vs. White Supremacy

Earlier this week, Rev. Joseph C. Parker Jr. of David Chapel Baptist Church in Austin, addressed the Charlottesville alt-right rally and the response of the Austin Christian community. He lamented … more

Property owners deserve tax relief

Today, too many Texans are in danger of losing their homes because of rising property taxes. more

Onward Christian soldiers: Jim Bakker's War

False Prophets are very good at hiding their falseness. Recently, Jim Baker, the religious swindler and convicted felon, stated that if Trump is impeached “The Christians will finally come out of the shadows.” more
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