Opinion

Tue
18
Nov

BCISD Superintendent’s Report

by Keith McBurnett

I want to start off by saying “thank you” to the community for supporting the recent Burnet CISD Bond Election. After almost two years of facility assessments, planning meetings, community meeting and the actual bond election, it is exciting to begin working on needed renovations across the district. In the months to come, I will be sharing timelines and project sequences. Citizens will be able to track the progress of the bond projects by attending board meetings (held the third Monday of each month) or by going to www.bcisdbond. com and selecting the “Project Updates” link.

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Tue
18
Nov

Spigot is open: Flow of legislative bills, resolutions begins

by Ed Sterling

On Nov. 10, dozens among Texas’ 31 state senators and 150 state representatives, including a few members- elect who won’t be sworn for nearly two months, jumped right in and filed legislative bills in advance of the 84th regular session of the Texas Legislature, which convenes on Tuesday, Jan. 13. In all last week, 316 House and 170 Senate bills, proposed constitutional amendments and commemorative resolutions were filed. These are samples of the subject matter in those early-filed bills: acceptable forms of voter identification, use of a portable wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle, repeal of the franchise tax, property tax reform, minimum wage increase, changes regarding the offense of student hazing, and free pre-kindergarten in public schools. The bill-filing deadline is the 60th day of the session, March 13. By then, lawmakers likely will have filed more than 10,000 bills and resolutions.

Wed
12
Nov

It’s time to take human trafficking seriously

it is a horrifying story, but one that has become all too common. By age 10, a young girl was being sold to men in bars. At 14, she escaped captivity as a sex slave and landed on the streets, penniless and alone, ultimately turning to a pimp who trafficked her for several years as a minor. This happened not in the dark corners of a Third World country, but right here in Dallas.

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Wed
12
Nov

Abbott, Patrick win top posts as Republicans dominate

Winners in the Nov. 4 general election on the whole proved that incumbency and/or running as a Republican continue to be assets when Texas voters hit the polls. Democrats Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte lost by wide margins to Republicans Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick for the offices of governor and lieutenant governor, respectively. In the Abbott-Davis race, the spread was 20 points: 59 to 39 percent. Similarly, the spread in the Patrick-Van de Putte race was 19 points: 58 to 39 percent.

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Wed
05
Nov

One-time volunteer job officiating football challenged fairness

by Willis Webb

Once — JUST once — I was “volunteered” to officiate a junior high school football game. Thank the good Lord I was spared that indignity ever again, but I couldn’t refuse that time. The head coach of those Teague Junior High Lions was one Jack Meredith, my family’s next-door neighbor and absolutely one of the best guys I’ve ever known. Jack went to Stanford Universitywhere he was a three-year starter at end. He married a Teague girl (Norita Keils) and wound up coaching there in both the high school and the junior high. There are much larger staffs these days and most schools, even those Teague’s size, have somewhat separate coaching staffs.

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Wed
05
Nov

Early voting turnouts, Toyota’s move, Ebola-free nurse and more

by Ed Sterling

The Secretary of State’s Elections Division on Oct. 31 posted early voting turnouts for each of the state’s 15 highest-population counties: Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar, Travis, Collin, Denton, El Paso, Fort Bend, Hidalgo, Montgomery, Williamson, Galveston, Nueces and Cameron. Of the 8,978,313 registered voters in those counties, 1,715,731 voted early in person or by mail. That’s a 19.11 percent cumulative early voting percentage.

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Wed
29
Oct

Campaigns in final push as election day nears

by Ed Sterling

Polls continued to show Republican candidates ahead in top-of-ballot races as Texas moved closer to the Oct. 31 earlyvoting deadline before Election Day, Nov.  4. Political campaigns continued to work feverishly across Texas, knocking on doors, holding rallies, robo-calling, planting signs, flooding mailboxes and barraging email accounts.
 
Wed
22
Oct

Facts about Lake Buchanan hunting

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
We are writing to clear up some misconceptions about the law regarding hunting on or near Lake Buchanan (“Banner Year in Hunting Predicted,” Oct. 1, 2014, Burnet Bulletin).
 
Wed
22
Oct

High court allows voter ID law for current election

by Ed Sterling

With early voting in Texas only days away, the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 18 let stand a U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals order, thereby allowing Texas’ 2011 voter identification law to remain in force for the time being. Civil rights plaintiffs in Veasey et al. v. Perry et al. sought to have portions of the law declared unenforceable on constitutional grounds. In a Corpus Christi federal courtroom, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos struck down the law and ordered the state to return to election law practices in place before the Legislature passed the law in 2011.
 
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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