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In March, Texans celebrate Independence Day. Many Texans know the oil industry is a patriotic bunch of folks, but sometimes we forget how much the energy producers of this country contribute to our nation’s security. In honor of all the amazing Texans that have gone before us, I am saluting an East Texan I admire in one of our favorite Texas traditions, the oil industry. Marilyn Wood Trolinger’s family goes back four more
Authorities usually offer specifics when asked about origins of expressions. “The more things change, the more they stay the same,” however, is not one of them. Attempts to pinpoint its first use are baffling to some and invite “waffling” for others. Most linguists agree that the idiom began as a French expression in the mid-19th century. Hardliners maintain that its genesis is biblical, birthed by the scripture about “nothing being new under the sun.” more
I think I owe it to you to write something funny. I mean, you deserve a laugh, don’t you, for plodding through some of the serious stuff I put in this column. The trouble is my life is not as funny … more
While we see hundreds of visitors every week at the Texas Capitol, this week the Sweetwater Jaycees featured a little more unusual guest, the rattlesnake, in the open rotunda of the Capitol. They come to raise awareness of their annual rattlesnake round up, which started as a way to help local ranchers prevent problems for themselves and their livestock. While I did not visit these snakes, I believe some of my staff got up close and personal with them. more
Almost two months into the legislative session, the Legislature is approaching the first of many deadlines, including the last day to file most bills. As of this writing, more than 1,500 bills are filed in the Senate and more than 3,000 have been filed in the House. I expect these numbers will continue to increase during this last week of filing. more
Christmas has been a favorite holiday of mine since I was a young boy. Of course, I was lucky to grow up in a toy factory where my father, Talley Nichols, manufactured toy cap guns. As you gather with friends and family during this Christmas season, I wish you a very Merry Christmas from my family to yours. Here are five things happening around your state this month: more
Churches all over East Texas have had to decide if they would post the big sign stating that CHL holders “may not enter this property with a concealed hand gun” or the new option, “Open Carry … more
My name is Luke Kersey and I am a Boy Scout with Troop 366 in Bullard, TX and I am working on my communication merit badge. I would like to talk about my white water rafting trip in Colorado. We … more
The Bullard Panther football program hit the gridiron to begin the 2016-2017 season, as the team participated in its first two-a-day practice for the season Monday, Aug. 1, at Panther Stadium. The … more
The pace in Austin is getting a little more frantic this week, as members have to be in three or four places at one time. Many times we have to be in one committee to hear testimony, present a bill in a different committee and cast a vote in a third. It's a busy time under the pink dome of the Capitol. more
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