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What’s the best that could possibly happen?

For the last ten years or so, if I’m scared of something, I run toward it at top speed. Top speed for me, that is, which equates to that of a hedgehog with bad knees trying to run through beach … more

Things I don’t think, for a change

There are a lot of things I don’t think should happen in this life. There aren’t many of them I can do a lot about, but if I can influence just one person to change their mind… well, it won’t … more

Sadness for those who grieve, but joy returns

Two people were buried this last week that I thought a lot of, and would like to have known better.  There is a certain amount of resignation to the death of those we love when it happens at older … more

Dear Editor,

We represent some of the affected landowners [in the condemnations brought by Trans-Pecos Pipeline], and you are right — they are being railroaded. Unfortunately, under Texas law the condemnation … more

Dear Fort Stockton family and friends,

We want to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to attend our Ribbon Cutting-Open House last Thursday, March 24. What a turn out! The flowers, plants, gifts, text messages, emails, and … more

The candidate, in his own words

So far, I have two books to my credit. I would say I write for a living, but bluntly, if I had to live on what I make for writing, I’d be a lot skinnier. As in starving. But writing a lot gives you … more

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
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