Viewpoints

Taxing thoughts: Check’s in the mail? Steps to track tax refunds
The popular “Where’s My Refund” feature on the IRS website allows you to see the status of your refund after filing your income tax return. What you should know Refunds...
Dr. David discusses: caregiver burnout
My dad cannot be helped, he has no quality of life, and it would be better for everyone involved if he would just quit fighting and die already!” “Maybe if I take all of...
Where in the world: Cruises from Galveston
I’ve been selling cruises for 35 years now and, oh my, how they have changed in those years. The ships have gotten bigger and bigger with more out of the box...
Ask a forester: What is a shelterwood harvest?
Whenever landowners harvest timber, they have different options when it comes to regenerating a stand. Landowners can choose between natural and...

taxing| thoughts Beware of scammers posing as the IRS
Now is the time for tax fraud and theft. As the IRS continues to neutralize these threats, scammers are developing improved tactics to steal your identity and tax refund....
High Points| from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real have been trying to work in baseball games and other outdoor activities between storms and so far the storms are winning. When you open the...
Nichols’ 5 Cents
Last week, I had the honor of recognizing Smokey the Bear on the Senate floor for his 75th anniversary of service. The Smokey the Bear program is the longest-running public...
High Points from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real were wondering what happened to our beautiful spring weather on Friday and Saturday when rain and a strong cold front hit our area. It was...
Taxing thoughts: Document those tax deductions
When it comes to taking qualified deductions on your tax return, having proper documentation to prove your expense is a must. Here are some typical areas that taxpayers...
Matt's Money: 9 facts about Social Security
Social Security’s been a fact of retirement life ever since it was established in 1935. In an average month, 59 million people age 62 and older receive a retirement...
Paddling strokes: The battle of the Neches on the Neches Refuge
The Neches River National Wildlife Refuge is located between Rusk and Palestine, Texas, north of U.S. Highway 84 along the Neches River, mostly in Cherokee County. The...
taxing  thoughts: To file or not to file? That is the question
One of the more common tax questions is whether you need to file a federal tax return this year. The answer is: it depends. But not filing a tax return when you should...
High Points| from El Camino Real
Spring has come along El Camino Real and the pine trees and everything else have exploded with pollen. Sneezing, itchy red eyes, and yellow cars are what we have to look...
Where  in the world: Cornwall worth visiting again and again
I hope you’re not getting tired of my articles on Cornwall, but since it’s the most favorite place I’ve visited (three times), there is so much to tell. Have you ever read...
taxing  thoughts: New tax rules are creating confusion
Because of new laws many home related tax rules have changed and now require you to prove how funds are used to qualify for a deduction. This is catching many taxpayers by...