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If you want to know what’s happening with business reopenings during the pandemic in Texas, watch your local hospital. Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that COVID-19 hospitalizations are the most … more
Tom Nichols is onto something significant and it would behoove each of us to read his book to understand why our country is so divided. I recently finished listening to the audiobook version of … more
“Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me…” starts off the anthemic pop/rock hit from 1999 entitled “All Star” by the band Smash Mouth. Whether you remember … more
Is there a conspiracy of silence in Austin County? I’m not normally one given to believing in conspiracy theories, but I’m beginning to think there is a sinister one afoot locally. I say … more
It’s election season, peak time for the power of negative thinking. With voters making their decisions about what to do when the polls open in October — just a month from now — politicians … more
As a dad, I find it important to teach my son key life lessons. Of course, I’m talking about how to master “Super Mario Bros 3” on the original Nintendo. Last week I dusted off … more
So now what?In some ways, it feels like April in Texas. That’s when the first round of coronavirus precautions flattened the curve — slowing the spread of the disease enough to prompt … more
Dear Editor,Thank you so much for your continued coverage of this life and death situation. It’s truly sad to see so many people defy logic, especially those in leadership who should know … more
I was overcome with an incredible feeling of gratitude Saturday night. It was my last time at Constellation Field in Sugar Land for the final weekend of the pop-up Constellation Energy League. … more
Let’s get this part out of the way: Nobody likes hurricanes. But it’s great, after all of these months, to see state and local governments putting most of the politics aside and working side … more
In late July, the Associated Press Stylebook, the set of standardized rules of usage that inform newspaper writing, decided to capitalize the letter “b” in the word “Black” … more
Dear 2020: PHPHPTT! (Nods to Bloom County.) By the time this gets to print, one of two potential hurricanes will have hit the Gulf Coast with the other right on its tale. Normally we’d all be … more
Don’t measure the political color of Texas by the wins and losses at the top of the ballot this year. The more interesting changes are local and regional, best viewed through congressional and … more
If the folks in charge wanted everybody in Texas to vote, they would remove every real and imagined obstacle to voting.They do not. They are not.That makes perverse sense: It’s unreasonable to … more
Dear Editor,The Sealy Planning Commission will soon be working on a 2020 Comprehensive Plan that will serve as a roadmap for the massive building and expansion of this area. This plan lists the … more
What would my town be without a newspaper? If you haven’t asked yourself that question, perhaps it is time to consider just what the newspaper means to this community.Because the doleful fact … more
Texas legislators have been shut out of the decisions about whether to open or close business, government and cultural spaces during a pandemic — a debating topic that now includes public … more
Dear Editor,A special thank you to Lawrence Siska, Director of Streets, Parks, and Drainage, for his hard work in cleaning up the Allens Creek area by the new apartment developments, the police and … more
Just say no to “the new normal.” I’m really getting frustrated with people talking about our “new normal” with the wearing of masks and social distancing. It’s only been five or six … more
Property valuations in Texas are supposed to be complete now that the July deadline has passed. The next step is as hard as arguing over what a house is worth, as cities, counties, school districts and all those other local governments set their budgets and their tax rates. more
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