Viewpoints

Tech talk: Google+ to shut down -- why this should concern you
When I talked to Megan at the Cherokeean about doing this, first thing I thought was “What in the world am I going to write about?” Then I read about something that affects...
High Points| from El Camino Real
Love is in the air along El Camino Real as lovers race to buy that special person in their lives bouquets of roses, boxes of chocolates, and a cheap card from the rack at...
From the desk of Travis Clardy
This week, the Texas House and Senate met twice in joint sessions to hear from Governor Abbott and Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court Nathan Hecht. The State of the...
Nichols’ 5 Cents
We have made it through the first month of session. This week, Texas Association of Counties held their legislative day, and we were able to welcome Judges and County...
From the desk of Travis Clardy
Over the past week, House committees began hearings on appropriations, property tax reform, and school finance. One of the most newsworthy events of the week was the filing...
Nichols’ 5 Cents
The fourth week of session has been a busy one as Senate Finance continues to meet every day to hear from every agency in the State. This week we have heard from agencies...
High Points| from El Camino Real
January is rapidly drawing to a close on El Camino Real and thoughts are beginning to turn to spring. Fishermen are dusting off their rods and reels and are thinking of...
taxing thoughts - Beware the tax torpedo
Putting off distributions and holding assets in your retirement accounts as long as possible may seem like a good idea, but waiting too long can cause a major tax problem....
From the desk of Travis Clardy
This week, Speaker Dennis Bonnen released the much-anticipated House committee assignments for the 86th Legislative Session. I was pleased to be appointed to two important...
Nichols’ 5 Cents
The third week of session has been a busy one, with the pace beginning to pick up. The fun is only beginning for this legislative session. Here are five things happening at...
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...