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Russian Roulette: America’s new national pastime

Many will feign shock and dismay one day when the depth of president-elect Donald Trump’s connection to Vladimir Putin and Russian business interests finally becomes clear. But it will be no more believable than this idea that Russia’s … more

Lt. Gov. mischaracterizes tax burden for Texans

It is nearly time for the 85th Texas Legislature to begin the five-month journey to a quality budget that meets both the needs of Texans and their taste for ever-lower taxes.Some want a balance, and some want to sell out programs, education and … more

Caroline and the eight-year attitude adjustment

I was seven years old when my mom announced she was pregnant, though it was obvious by that time, from all of my parents’ “subtle” hints. Until then, I had been an only child. A neurotic only child; I didn’t like change.“Touch the bump!” … 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

A day off at the joy factory

Thinking back on my daughter’s first Christmas, there was a hint of disappointment in me. We all know children account for a majority of the fun at Christmas as we get to sit back and watch their wide-eyed excitement over everything ­– both … 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

Legislature gets F for school grading system

Just when it looks like the Texas Legislature can’t fail the public school system again, the state turns in a little extra credit and proves this is one subject where our elected state officials are willing to go above and beyond.The unsettling … 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

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

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

Reflecting on the last breath of a healthcare plan

Republicans everywhere are rejoicing as they pull out their pens, eager to sign the death certificate for the Affordable Care Act. As Congress gloats about repealing the healthcare plan commonly known as Obamacare, it would be wise for everyone … more

Dropping my first deer

Going in to the Army, I didn’t know it, but I was really good with a rifle. Throughout basic marksmanship training, I was one of the top shooters, never shooting less than 36/40. I was so proficient with my weapon that I, along with five others, … 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

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

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

The world needs a front porch

Usually, when I turn into my neighborhood, I press the button on my garage opener thingy and pull right on into the Bat Cave, not to be seen again until I go out on my next bat adventure. That’s what’s wrong with the world. We just keep to … 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

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
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