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Flags for vets

I’m going to use my space this week to brag on a friend of mine. more

Politics: We Need It

Every so often, I jot down a list of the things that discourage me about our country. There’s the widespread disregard for our core values of tolerance and mutual respect, for instance. Our … more

Skilled Trades Beat Degree Debt

When I was a 19-year-old college sophomore in 1982, my father gave me advice that makes even more sense for 19-year-olds today.Despite his protestations, you see, I chose English as my major at Penn … more

Recovering from Harvey

Seeing how citizens have responded to Hurricane Harvey should make all Texans proud. more

Confusing Facts & Opinions

The Pew Research Center quiz was harder than I expected.Ah, yes, you speak of the recently released survey in which Pew quizzed 5,035 adult Americans to determine their ability to distinguish between … more

Revisiting the "Neighborhood"

HCN_20180628_OPINION_Scott columnBy SCOTT W. COLEMAN, Hill Country NewsIf you don’t see but one more movie this summer, it should be “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.”The poinginant documentary … more

Should President Trump Quit?

Should President Donald Trump quit? A large percentage of Americans voted against him and continue to dislike him. more

Facebook knows what about me?

A chat window opened on my computer screen. A Facebook "friend" I didn't know began communicating with me."Happy birthday, Tom!" wrote the woman."Who told you it was my birthday?" I wrote back."You … more

Fruitful Family and Friends

I’m always up to trying new things. A couple of weeks ago, I tried figs. I even climbed a ladder, fought with bees, and picked them—figs, not bees. more

What real tax reform could look like

No matter our politics, most Americans have a beef with taxes. And it’s no wonder. more

Austin isn’t Washington D.C.

Since I entered public service in 2009, first as a member of the Cedar Park City Council and now as a state representative, I’ve met thousands of people in our area.  As you can imagine, … more

Banks defend their right to be dishonest

“Greed is good,” proclaimed Gordon Gekko, lead character in a 1987 film lampooning the low ethics of the high finance barons of Wall Street.You might think that, surely, this Hollywood portrayal … more

The Alternate States of America

We, in America, have been living in alternate states of reality for quite some time. They are neither red or blue. They are states of consciousness and perception.New borders and boundaries have been … more

Paying it Forward

Recently, I wrote a column on the late Don Roberts. I received more positive feedback from that column than anything I’ve ever written. Coach Roberts talked the talk and, more importantly, walked the walk. more

The ‘why’ behind bad grades

The end of the school year has a tendency to bring crises to my attention.I’m a graduate teaching assistant, which means I have more face-to-face contact with the students than the professor I work … more

Broader consequences of pulling put of Iran deal

President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly called 'the Iran Deal,' has gained us nothing, and could potentially cost us much more … more

A special day at the home place

I’ve never claimed to be Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor. In fact, I’d say I’m more Rip Taylor than Tim Taylor, without the confetti and bad toupee, of course. I may not be much of a tool man, … more

Riding With Cats … Again

I served three year-long tours of duty in Iraq, and for the most part am okay but have nearly lost my mind during the chaotic cruises with the cats. First, there’s Maggie. She had what appeared … more

My first pair of reading glasses

I enjoy reading but haven’t read many books in recent years. I always enjoyed reading the paper, too. Lately, however, the bulk of my reading involves a daily devotion, restaurant menus, and the proofreading of these articles. That’s about it. more

A Discombobulated Hike

Last week, while hiking on the hills overlooking beautiful Lake Martin in East Alabama, a snake fell on Lucy’s shoulder. She screamed at the top of her lungs, which startled me. Abigail just looked … more
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