Viewpoints

STATE SEN. ROBERT NICHOLS Nichols’ 5 Cents: tax cuts, fireworks and celebrating ‘The Duke’
As I write this, we are in the last few days of the Session. Like the state, which has been affected by torrential downpours and floods, the...


Community effort stops Water Grid Bill
The ignominious Water Grid Bill, known as Grid-Zilla, has died. HB 3298 never made it out of the Senate Agriculture/ Water/Rural Affairs Committee. The targeting of this...
Landowners should stand against new land rule
We are writing to express our personal viewpoint on what's going on with the landowners, whether big or small. As Thomas Jefferson said, "We hold these truths to be...
STATE REP. TRAVIS CLARDY Clardy’s Capitol Update: discussing legislation to help District 11
Yesterday was “Sine Die” for the 84th Legislative Session. The Latin phrase meaning, “without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing,” is...


STATE SEN. ROBERT NICHOLS Nichols’ 5 Cents: Gold Star mothers, beekeepers and Texas plates
This past weekend, our country observed Memorial Day and remembered the sacrifices of the military men and women who gave their lives serving our...


STATE REP. TRAVIS CLARDY Clardy’s Capitol Update: pro-life legislation passes in House
Only a few days remain in the 84th Legislative Session, and as the clock continues to tick away, the House and Senate are coming closer together on...


Heritage Center of Cherokee County not just a museum
On May 9, the Heritage Center celebrated three "Entertainers" from Cherokee County. If a trumpet fanfare had been required, the first two guests could have provided one,...
Most Cherokee County cities post moderate increases in retail sales...
Most of the cities in Cherokee County heard a "ka-ching" as cash registers rang up more sales than during the same reporting period a year...


Heritage Center gala a remarkable success
Congratulations to Betty Marcontell, Kevin Stingley, Stephanie Caveness and the entire Heritage Center Board! Their gala May 9th was a fun-filled evening which honored...
STATE REP. TRAVIS CLARDY Clardy’s Capitol Update: pro-life legislation passes in House
Thursday was the last day for the House of Representatives to consider pieces of legislation by House authors. As the clock was winding down, House...


Texas House water grid plan bad for state
Texas needs your help. There is a bill, HB 3298, being considered in Committee in the Texas Senate which needs to be defeated for the good of Texas. HB 3298 is the first...
STATE SEN. ROBERT NICHOLS Nichols’ 5 Cents: working to pass budget; pastor protection bill
In classrooms at schools and colleges across Texas, teachers and students are counting down the days until finals are over and they can start their...


Unions provide system of checks and balances
A previous writer ("Rightto work law means freedom," April 29) sees freedom in workers not having to pay union wages - chump change for someone to have your back, and push...
STATE REP. TRAVIS CLARDY Clardy’s Capitol Update: synthetic marijuana bills pass House
Only 23 days remain in the 84th Legislative Session, and as we come down the home stretch, I am pleased to announce passage of seven more of my...


Ministers alarmed by language of Senate Bill 4
Speaking passionately and personally, we pastors are for Texas children, and we are alarmed at the language and legislation coming from some of the most powerful people in...