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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

Should President Trump Quit?

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

A Trip to the ER

Over the weekend, we had plans involving family and pool time. Those plans, however, changed. We wound up at the emergency room after I upgraded my juggling act from oranges to an apple, a carrot, and a chainsaw. I had a feeling the carrot would be too much to handle. more

So many tax lies, so little time

In most cases, it’s best practice to cut through the media noise and go straight to the source to understand what’s happening in public policy. Donald Trump’s tax plan is not one of those cases.  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

Birds, Bees, and Knobby Knees

 No one ever promised us life would be easy. We all face challenges and have our shares of ups and downs. I’ve had more ups and downs than a kangaroo on a Pogo Stick all jacked up on Mountain Dew, and that’s okay. I wouldn’t be the person I … more

My Garden of Life

I just finished watering my crops. Since most of them are planted in 5-gallon buckets with holes drilled in the bottom for drainage, I have to water them just about every day. It seems that the ones planted into the earth stay hydrated longer and appear healthier than the ones in the buckets. They simply have a better foundation. more

Flags for vets

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

Sadie’s Story

Ruby is the greatest dog in the world. Perhaps I am a bit biased, but it’s hard to argue otherwise. She’s a lab, and most level-headed people know that labs are simply the best. Pit bulls, on the other paw, are simply the worst. They are just … more

These hands of mine

I’ve always heard that one can tell a lot by a man’s hands. For example, if they’re soft and smooth, then they very likely don’t work very hard. I once shook the hand of a … more

Repairing brokenness to come to a new place - whole, but different

In 2001, just a few months before 9/11, Lucy, my ex-wife, went to New York with her mom. They went to see several Broadway shows while in the Big Apple. She bought a snow globe filled with the city’s top landmarks and signs of the more popular … more

A sweet church with sweet people

Last Sunday, I was the guest speaker at Eagle Creek Baptist Church in Middle of Nowhere, Alabama. The church is just a few miles from where both my mama and daddy grew up. In fact, my maternal grandparents are buried in the nearby Eagle Creek … more

Tailgating brings back memories

Sunday afternoon, I found myself sitting in the bed of Loretta, Lucy’s 1978 Ford pickup truck. While sitting in the bed was nice, it didn’t stir up a lot of memories. On the other hand, sitting on the tailgate and on the side certainly conjured … more

Corporate interests are warping the internet

Ajit Pai, the current FCC chairman and a former lawyer for Verizon, has repealed net neutrality. To do this, he had to solicit public to comment on the matter. more

A farewell letter from the editor

Dear readers,Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve as your editor. For the past two years, I have had the extraordinary opportunity to share in the lives of hundreds of people who live, work and care about the happenings in Cedar Park and … more

Putting the law on the side of crime victims

While there are things I enjoy about public service, there are times when we deal with issues that are not fun, but are of critical importance. more

Analysis: For three Texas leaders, even some losses could be victories

The special session of the Texas Legislature could come out like a soccer tournament for for 5-year-olds: No matter what happens, everybody gets a trophy … more

Give your old stuff to others, not the landfill

My neighbor moved out this week. I learned that when I found a moving truck blocking my car and I couldn’t get out of the driveway. No matter — by the end of the day, the truck was gone.In its place, however, was a queen-sized pillow-top … more

Recovering from Harvey

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