Opinion

Wed
15
Oct

Mayor urges ‘yes’ vote on school bond issue

Letter to the Editor
 
Dear Editor:
I support the upcoming Burnet Consolidated Independent School District (BCISD) bond proposal. The community is presented with a well-vetted package that will provide educational facilities for our children that are safe, technologically up-todate and functional for years to come.

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Wed
15
Oct

Ruling prevents enforcement of voter law

by Ed Sterling

An Oct. 9 ruling by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos of Corpus Christi prevents the state from enforcing the voter identification law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011 as Senate Bill 14. In the case, Marc Veasey et al. v. Rick Perry et al., Ramos ruled the law was enacted with a discriminatory purpose and an impermissible discriminatory effect against Hispanics and African-Americans. Ramos said the law places an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote that is, in effect, a poll tax. “Plaintiffs,” she wrote, “have thus demonstrated that every form of SB 14-qualified ID available to the general public is issued at a cost.”
Wed
08
Oct

Front-running candidates appear in debate forums

Texans interested in who their next governor and lieutenant governor witnessed major party candidates for those offices engage in live, one-hour broadcast debates last week. Fellow state Sens. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and Dan Patrick, R-Houston, opponents in the race for lieutenant governor, faced off in Austin on Sept. 29. Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, and Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott competed on stage in Dallas on Sept. 30, each striving to succeed longtime Gov. Rick Perry as the state’s chief executive.
 
Wed
01
Oct

Voting ‘yes’ on bond for school kids

Dear Editor,
I’m a resident of Burnet, concerned mom of a BCISD student and a retired Burnet Elementary teacher. With 29 total years in the classroom, 21 of those in BCISD, it is fair to say that my heart belongs to Burnet’s students. I will be voting for our kids and voting “yes” for the Burnet CISD bond proposal.
 
Wed
01
Oct

Candidates debate with election on horizon

A debate scheduled Sept. 29 pits Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) against Dan Patrick (R-Houston,) two state senators who are vying to succeed David Dewhurst as lieutenant governor in 2015. Van de Putte, a pharmacist in private life, has served in the Senate since 1999. Patrick, a radio talk show host, was first elected to the Senate in 2009. Whoever wins will preside over the Senate. On Sept. 30, a second debate between state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) and Republican Greg Abbott, Texas attorney general, gives voters another look at the two competing to succeed Rick Perry as Texas’ next governor.
 
Wed
24
Sep

BCISD upcoming school bond election support

Dear Editor:
I am writing in support of the upcoming school bond that will be on the ballot on Nov. 4, 2014. I had the pleasure of serving this past spring on the Community Advisory Committee, which met for seven weeks to listen to all of the proposals for the much-needed infrastructure repairs and improvements to all of the various campuses in Burnet County Independent School District.
 
Wed
24
Sep

Davis, Abbott answer questions in McAllen forum

With fewer than six weeks until election day on Tuesday, Nov. 4, the first of two scheduled gubernatorial debates was held in the Rio Grande Valley city of Edinburg on Sept. 19. Democratic Party nominee for governor Wendy Davis, a state senator from Fort Worth, and Republican Party gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott, Texas attorney general, fielded questions from Carlos Sanchez, editor of The Monitor, a daily newspaper in McAllen, and Telemundo’s McAllen news anchor Dalila Garza.
 
Wed
17
Sep

Texas, Mexico exchange words over border force

While the governor and group of trade-with-Texas promoters were in Japan and China last week, the 13th anniversary of the “9-11” terrorist attacks on the United States was broadly observed. Perry acknowledged the anniversary from afar and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who serves as acting governor when Perry is out of the state, also made a similar, solemn statement on Sept. 11.
 
Wed
10
Sep

Judge rules revisions to abortion law unconstitutional

By Ed Sterling.

United States District Judge Lee Yeakel on Aug. 29 struck down two provisions in House Bill 2, legislation passed by the Texas Legislature in the second special session of 2013, amending the state Health and Safety Code to restrict access to abortion services.

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Wed
03
Sep

Court rules school finance system unconstitutional

By Ed Sterling.

When the Texas Legislature convenes on Jan. 13, 2015, lawmakers will have the job of revising the state’s school finance system…again. This task was made necessary on Aug. 28, when state District Judge John Dietz ruled the current finance system violates these four state constitutional standards: the state property tax prohibition and the education clause requirements of adequacy, suitability, and financial efficiency.

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