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    It’s going to be difficult to justify anything other than the no-new-revenue rate when local entities set their 2022 tax rates. Valuations for existing residential property rose 30% year over year, and the McLennan County Appraisal District expects more than 18,000 property owners to protest…

      Hobbled by an unwillingness to admonish and discipline a vocal pro-Putin wing of their own party, House Republican leadership last week took another hit: Sixty-three Republican lawmakers in the lower chamber including Waco-based Congressman Pete Sessions voted against a House resolution supp…

        Early voting begins Monday for the 2022 primary election in Texas. The headliner locally is the district attorney’s race on the Republican ticket between incumbent Barry Johnson and challenger Josh Tetens. McLennan County voters have primary choices on both the Republican and Democratic tick…

          In recent months and weeks, some of our friends and neighbors have proposed we “get past” the outrage over January 6, 2021, when fellow Americans stormed the U.S. Capitol. In an interview with Trib staffer Tommy Witherspoon last month, Congressman Pete Sessions, a champion of former Presiden…

          The one heart-stopping moment of Republican Congressman Pete Sessions’ rambunctious town hall meeting last week came when Dr. James Ferguson, a local pediatrician introduced by Sessions, told a crowd openly hostile to mandatory vaccinations that the deadly, highly contagious SARS-CoV-2 virus…

          Republican state Rep. Matt Krause’s formal Oct. 25 letter initiating a statewide inquiry into what books regarding race or sexuality sit on school library shelves and whether they “make students feel discomfort” has prompted some Texans to panic over whether this action paves the way for goo…

          While local governments make plans to spend allocations from the massive COVID-19 federal relief program known as the American Rescue Plan, the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District quietly ended community testing clinics on Friday, citing a lack of demand as cases decline in our community.

          One central tenet of any representative democracy involves holding elected officials accountable — and not just through elections every so many years but through the rule of law that ensures no public official is above laws others must obey. Yet more and more we see elected officials claimin…

          Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on U.S. centers of commerce and military might that left nearly 3,000 dead means reevaluating many goals, many missions. Among them: our declared war on terrorism, a commitment President George W. Bush correctly warned would be long in t…

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          A reassuringly cool breeze ushered in Labor Day weekend across Central Texas, even as our collective societal temperature has skyrocketed. State politicians including those representing Central Texas have decided the best way to fight abortion is to step back from the fracas themselves and u…

          One marvels at the struggle between Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who prides himself as a no-holds-barred champion of innocent life in raging abortion battles, and big-city schools across Texas that, in defying his executive order banning mask mandates in public schools, strive to protect not only…

          Americans are coming to grips with sobering public health realities: The mutation and spread of SARS-CoV-2 again imperils the way we live. Many justifiably blame this latest surge on those who neglected or refused to get COVID-19 vaccinations, allowing variants to fester and emerge reborn in…

          For those who have reveled in college football for generations, hard truths must now be acknowledged about the passion and the glory, including the fact college sports is dominated by money and prestige as much as collegial competition and athletic prowess. This surely characterizes the lega…

          Even before Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier engineered a manned hot-air balloon liftoff from Paris for a 20-minute flight in 1783, earthlings have found inspiration in any and all efforts to reach for the stars. Some of us are old enough to recall the excitement of Alan Shepard’s 1961 flight …

          Texas House Democrats’ decision to again break quorum and shut down another legislative session and, along with it, an admittedly odious election reform bill do-over reminds us of Yogi Berra’s witticism: “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” Yet for those who view politics through objective le…

          Republicans have gotten plenty of political traction accusing others of “cancel culture.” They’ve leveled the charge at academia for not scheduling conservative speakers to the degree they do others. They attack demonstrators who demand removal of statues of Americans who don’t pass muster i…

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