The time for posturing is over
Weeks of increasingly contentious debate over the looming debt ceiling deadline have brought Congress and the White House to deadlock. Congressional Republicans believe that unprecedented levels of federal spending should be reduced to move from this year’s $1.4 trillion deficit to a balanced federal budget. The President and Congressional Democrats insist that higher taxes are needed to make current government spending levels permanent.
The Natural Bridge Caverns take “deep in the heart of Texas Hill Country” to a whole new meaning. With depths reaching 260 feet underground, it is Texas’ largest-known cavern and consistently ranks as one of the state’s top tourist destinations. Discovered in 1960 by students at St. Mary’s University, the cavern, located just west of New Braunfels, has delighted visitors for decades with lantern-led tours, archaeological gems, and natural formations like “soda straw” stalactites occurring along hidden passages.
Liars by design
Lying is not what it used to be, or maybe it’s so far ahead of the truth these days, the novelty of whopper-telling has worn off — right down to the nub.
Even with the losses that accompany aging, each birthday I find there is more to be grateful for than there was the year before.
If you think traffic is bad in Weatherford, think again.
This past week, Jim and I had to go to Dallas for a doctor’s appointment and decided while there to go visit our daughter, Karen, and family in Plano. We had not seen our grandkids since school was out. It seems they are always going places with their friends, which is natural with teens.
Down in backs, up in spirits
With legitimate claims for nimbleness and quickness, they’d both be miserable failures on Jack’s final test--jumping over the candlestick. If they tried, they’d fail, leaving the candlestick “unwobbled.”
Molly Goodnight: The darling of the plains
Known as the “Mother of the Panhandle,” this month marks 141 years since the marriage of Mary Ann “Molly” Dyer to one of Texas’ most famous ranchers, Charles Goodnight.
David Mamet’s conversion
Hollywood mocks capitalism, which seems odd because the people who make movies are such aggressive capitalists — competing hard to make money. But Hollywood’s message is that capitalism is shallow and cruel.
We need competence, not change
If I remember correctly, the House and Senate were controlled by the Democrats after the 2006 election. Do you wonder why they failed to rein in Freddie And Fannie?
Texas noodlers no longer anonymous
When Texas Governor Rick Perry signed the noodling bill into law recently, participants could start telling the truth about what they do on weekends.
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