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Sneeze on each other

 A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE I’m not entirely sure how seriously I should take this threat. Something tells me I should pay attention, though. You see, there’s another virus of some kind sweeping Asia. Oh, Asia? Well, we shouldn’t worry about that down here. Asia is… well, it’s a long way away, isn’t it? I…

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Tips for preventing property theft

A WORD FROM THE COUNTY ATTORNEY Many citizens are complaining of an uptick in property theft in Frio County. Please be aware that local law enforcement is doing everything it can to step up patrols and apprehend identified thieves. Below are some tips that you can use to make your home a more difficult target…

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Les Mouches

A VIEW FROM THE  BRIDGE There is an old adage that the people will have the government they deserve. I suppose this may be true for a democracy, but it’s a bit harsh to tell people living under an authoritarian dictatorship that they somehow deserved it. But it may apply nonetheless. There have been plenty…

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State defends system of choosing presidential electors

CAPITAL HIGHLIGTS Texas Deputy Solicitor General Matthew Frederick on Feb. 6 defended the Electoral College system in a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Frederick, arguing on behalf of Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton, maintained that Texas’ method of appointing presidential electors is consistent with the U.S.…

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Do your homework during election season

CURRENT EDITORIAL With the municipal and county elections approaching and a stacked ballot on both sides, we ask ourselves which choices we will make. Do we vote for the candidate who promises to fix the deteriorating streets? Does the candidate even know how expensive it is to fix a street? Do we vote for the…

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Abbott joins officials in response to virus originating in China

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 30 commented on a White House briefing about actions to stem the transmission of novel coronavirus in the United States. Speakers at the briefing concerning the outbreak of the new respiratory illness that originated in Wuhan, China, included U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar,…

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Impact

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE It was quite predictable that the internet would be filled almost immediately with tribute messages of one kind or another, some tastefully crafted and others frightful. But blow up it did, Sunday afternoon and evening, with news of the death in a helicopter crash of one of today’s icons in…

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Do the vital jobs

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE Picture yourself, just for a moment, living in abject poverty with little hope of relief. Picture your streets filled with rubbish, open sewers overflowing, dirt and dust everywhere, and little chance you’ll ever know any different. Let’s say someone offered you an opportunity to live in a good home, to…

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Governor requests presidential disaster declaration

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 13 asked for a presidential disaster declaration for three counties that sustained widespread damage attributed to severe thunderstorms, straight-line winds, hail and tornadoes. The stormy weather on Oct. 20-21 hit Cameron, Dallas and Erath counties. Abbott’s request includes public assistance and hazard mitigation. “The State of Texas is…

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Governor’s domestic terrorism task force meets at Capitol

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS Gov. Greg Abbott last week convened the quarterly meeting of his Domestic Terrorism Task Force at the state Capitol. “We must work together to develop meaningful solutions to fully eradicate domestic terrorism in the Lone Star State,” Abbott said in explaining the purpose of the meeting. “Just as domestic terrorism takes many forms,…

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