Viewpoints

Nichols’ 5 Cents
The Legislature has ended our second week of session, and we will continue to pick up the pace as the long race ahead continues. Here are five things happening at your...
From the desk of Travis Clardy
This week, Austin was buzzing with inaugural activities for Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. The three leaders of our executive and legislative branches...
taxing| thoughts Tax forms are arriving, Are you ready?
Tax forms come in more varieties than flavors of ice cream. Nearly any time something of value changes hands, there’s a specific tax form available to capture it for...
High Points| from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real got a good dose of cold wind on Saturday that put a quick stop to any outdoor plans. I’d rather be working outside in the rain than in a cold...
In good shape| with Goode
Well, its that time again. Another article to help you stay on track with your health. I hope it was not a New Year’s resolution, because if so, it most likely has ended...
Matt’s money: When a saver marries a spender, every penny counts
If you’re a penny pincher but your spouse is loose with the family purse strings, money arguments may frequently erupt. Thinking of yourselves as two sides of the same coin...
Taxing thoughts: 2019 social Security changes announced
The Social Security Administration announced a 2.8 percent boost to monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for...

High Points| from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real are trying to figure out what to do with themselves as they enter that weird part of the year that comes about now when there really isn’t...
From the Desk  of Travis Clardy
The Texas Legislature convenes in Austin every two years, and I was excited to begin the 86th Legislative Session on Tuesday, Jan. 8. I am ready to work with my colleagues...
Notes| from the Fox Den
Hello and welcome to this issue of the Fox Den. I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact that we are already half way through the first month of 2019. I remember...
Matt's Money: Inflamation and your money
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) tell us that CPI (Consumer Price Index) is currently at an annualized rate of 2.25 percent as of October 2018. So why do your bills...
Mrs. Bessie Parker and Chris Davis High Points| from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real have been wandering around in the dark since the week before Christmas without their six bits worth of news, but the...

Taxing Thoughts: Tips to Fund your Retirement Account
For the first time in six years, limits for IRAs are rising. 401(k) accounts and IRAs will see an increase of $500 in contribution maximums for...

Nichols’ 5 Cents
Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were filled with family and good food, as I know mine were. Here are five things happening around your state this month: 1. 86th...
High points from El Camino Real
Folks along El Camino Real continue to make preparations for Christmas as the day rapidly approaches. Every package is wrapped with care and bows carefully placed on each...