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Dear Editor,

I just wanted to take a minute and tell you that you and your staff are doing a great job. I really enjoyed the Feb 25 edition. In particular, I like the following articles: The one on Lance … more

It’s a dangerous world in here, people

I’m really getting tired of being told I’m doing everything wrong. And I do mean everything. And no, I’m not talking about my husband. I can tell he thinks I’m doing something wrong when he … more

Oncor sale is a bad bet

AUSTIN — Something is surely wrong when Wall Street speculators swoop in to take over the state’s largest power utility and present last-minute sweeteners to make it look like a good deal for … more

What if corporations actually told the truth

You’re really lucky. I actually started this off as a serious diatribe on separation of church and state. But honestly, the best summation of that whole premise is the idea of what happens when … more

Local control best for groundwater

[Editor’s note:  This op-ed is testimony that Weatherby presented at a February hearing of the Texas legislature’s House Natural Resources Committee. The hearing was convened to discuss market … more

What the Pope’s visit means for Texas

After Pope Francis visited Mexico last week, his message should resonate across the border and throughout the great state of Texas. We have so much to learn from the Pope's guidance, particularly … more

Finally realizing I’m someone’s mother-in-law

We all have a habit of identifying ourselves as someone’s someone—and this is multiplied in small towns. I couldn’t count the times I walked in a store and heard, “Aren’t you Miz Barron’s … more

Turning Texas blue starts at roots

Mary Beth Rogers, former campaign manager, LBJ School professor and CEO of KLRU-TV, has written an interesting book titled "Turning Texas Blue." Part partisan polemic and part advice to current … more

Candidate stances on Social Security

As Texans begin casting votes for the presidential election, it’s important to separate campaign rhetoric from the serious issues that impact our lives in the most profound ways. One of these … more

What men don’t understand about fear

There are so many things I have to explain to my husband about how I think that it makes me start to think I’m crazy. And then I talk to other women, and realize I’m not crazy, we’re just wired … more

An embarrassment of fluffiness is on its way

Have you ever had a person you just thought the world of, to the point where you couldn’t resist embarrassing or annoying them whenever possible?  It’s kind of like when you’re playing at … more

What happened to the voices of reason in America?

Upon retirement from more than half a century of active editing and publishing community newspapers, all I wanted to do was relax. After a year, I realized that what I missed most was writing my … more

We should leverage solar tax credit

The federal solar energy tax credit is an opportunity for Texans. When Congress passed a five-year extension of the Solar Investment Tax Credit last year, it subsidized renewable energy projects that … more

Thinking Out Loud

Why Valentine’s Day matters to wives, too I’m trying to be better about thinking ahead a little when I’m writing for y’all, and this is fair warning that one of the twistier holidays is … more

Pioneer recaps online polls

FortStocktonPioneer.com ran five polls from late November through late January. Below are the answers that were selected by the most respondents. What do you think or feel about religion? I … more

Thinking Out Loud

Thinking about polls, right or wrong I took a poll, and Clinton and Trump, the major parties’ front runners for president of these here United States, both have major issues. If you believe the … more

Texas should invest in clean energy

In his final State of the Union address, President Obama stated that 200 nations agree that global warming is a problem and that they intend to solve it. This was presumably a reference to the … more

Winning the fight for $15

Millions of low-paid Americans rang in 2016 with a raise as a handful of state minimum wage increases went into effect on the first day of January. Many of those raises are a barely noticeable 15 … more

No money for peace, cash to burn for war

[Editor’s note: At the time of his death, Martin Luther King Jr. was focused on redirecting federal expenditures. He had transcended the campaign for racial equality. He was preaching a message … more

Thinking Out Loud

Something different for a night out on the town My husband and I went out Saturday night. Yeah, I was shocked too. Doesn’t happen much. So, where did this amazing man take me out Saturday … more
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