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You’re voting for more than a candidate

You’re voting for more than a candidate

Since not a single Democrat is running for local office in Burnet County this year, primary elections beginning with early voting  this week and ending on the official Election Day, March 4, will decide who’ll be running the courts and county government. Every race on the ballot deserves attention, but a…

Our View: All is not well with groundwater board

Our View: All is not well with groundwater board

Unfortunately, both journalists and the public have short attention spans when it comes to monitoring the activities of the small governmental cogs that only draw scrutiny when they commit egregious wrongs or fail miserably in the application of common sense. That’s true of the Central Texas Groundwater Conservation District. When…

Editorial: Make sure our water keeps running

Editorial: Make sure our water keeps running

A sad fact of Texasgovernment is that some very important issues tend to be diminished when buried among state Constitutional amendments Texasvoters are expected to render wise judgment upon. What do you know about whether Article IX of the Texas Constitution, relating to the creation of a hospital district inHidalgo County, ought to…

A critical job needs superb candidates

A critical job needs superb candidates

Donna Klaeger’s announcement that she won’t run for re-election as Burnet County Judge is as disappointing as her observation that “county politics have become so disrespectful that qualified, dedicated leaders will be reluctant” to enter public service. Although she gave no specifics, various political candidates have complained privately of intimidation…

Get ready for the Groundwater Race for the Gold!

Get ready for the Groundwater Race for the Gold!

Every Emergency Service District – no, why stop there – every Emergency Service District, school district and municipality in Burnet County should make a beeline for the trough of the Central Texas Groundwater Conservation District. Don’t wait. Call now to get on the agenda July 12! That trough is overflowing…

Good project, but a bad idea

Good project, but a bad idea

The Central Texas Groundwater District has an opportunity to stop a bad practice before it starts by rejecting the request of a Burnet County emergency service district for $20,000 to fund a project that, on the surface, seems very worthwhile. But if the project is good, the idea for funding…

TxDOT’s St. Patrick’s Day miracle

TxDOT’s St. Patrick’s Day miracle

We got lucky on St. Patrick’s Day. TxDOT orchestrated the explosion of nearly 30 charges on the graceful old US 281 bridge that carried us across Lake Marble Falls for three generations without blowing down any nearby habitations or killing anyone. Such a calamity may have been about as likely…

A top-down dictatorship comes to town

A top-down dictatorship comes to town

If Gov. Rick Perry is truly the bureaucratic Dragon Slayer he pretends to be, it’s time he let the Washington Dragons rest in their caves awhile and do something about one that reigns with arrogance and impunity in the shadow of the Texas Capitol. Of course, it’s not exactly headline news…

Best wishes to Representative Williams

Best wishes to Representative Williams

When polls place the popularity of Congress somewhat lower than cockroaches and root canals but higher than the Kardashians and North Korea, members of its 113th assembly are unlikely to ever know the approbation of Mr. Smith, who went to Washington in the long ago innocence of black and white…