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OUR TURN: We want to say thank you, goodbye and hello

For 18 years The River Cities Tribune has chronicled the lives of people in the Highland Lakes. You now hold in your hands the last print edition of the paper. It is with a true sense of sadness, but also accomplishment, that we at parent company Victory Publishing Co. Ltd. have decided to fold The [...]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: Colin Klein shines in a dark world

Youth today have too few examples to follow on how to live their lives. They are deluged daily by the flaws of politicians, CEOs, entertainers and sports heroes who live less-than-stellar lives. Multiple-marriage partners, sexual affairs, children born out of wedlock, substance abuse and disgraceful conduct make headlines in the news. While driving to work [...]

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VERN’S VIEW: Moving on from weekly column

A good friend told me she is leaving the legal profession because she was tired of fighting all the time. I feel exactly that way about writing due to the political climate across the United States. This column’s publication marks the third anniversary for this wonderful opportunity to make sense of a divisive society, both [...]

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OUR TURN: Put the brakes on texting while driving

There is absolutely no doubt that texting while driving is a terrible idea, but at the moment Texas lags behind most other states on an outright ban. On a more local level, though, the city of Meadowlakes is looking at a ban after a resident complained about a near-miss episode involving a distracted driver. He [...]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: Fool me twice, shame on me

In the sports world, a common axiom is coaches get too much credit when their teams are victorious and too much blame when they lose. The same goes for presidents when it comes to the economy. If growth is strong, they are praised, but if it goes bad, they get the blame. The truth is [...]

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VERN’S VIEW: The last campaign lap

Here we go into the last days of the 2012 election cycle with both major parties embroiled in a massive propaganda war while third and fourth parties scream about being shut out of the debate process. It looks like this will be a billion-dollar cycle, with money pouring this way and that to keep the [...]

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OUR TURN: Explore ties between two cities’ sports complexes

As city officials in Marble Falls debate the need for a future regional sports complex, they would be wise to remember their neighbors in Granite Shoals have already launched a similar venture. Planners in both cities might soon want to consider a closer relationship, which, in turn, will benefit the youth and other amateur teams [...]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: The truth about the Benghazi incident

Politicians have a way of bending the truth to suit their needs, especially when their actions come under public scrutiny. President Barack Obama is no exception. Political debates should help clear the air and allow voters to determine a candidate’s real stand on the issues. The debates also should provide the electorate with an opportunity [...]

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VERN’S VIEW: The wages of disagreement

In the spring of 1960 my best high school buddy (honorable-mention all-American) received many football scholarship offers from the major colleges east of the Mississippi. My friend came from the Cumberland Gap region of western Virginia, though our school was in Ohio. His nickname was “Hillbilly." He chose to attend Florida State University. I asked [...]

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OUR TURN: Talk About It a good strategy for student suicide prevention

The Burnet Consolidated Independent School District is implementing a technology-based system that could help save students’ lives in the future. Its success boils down to one question: Are the youth of BCISD ready to break a barrier of silence and do the right thing? The Talk About It system outlined by Superintendent Keith McBurnett during [...]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: Ups and downs with the news

Scanning the recent  headlines, I have come to the conclusion that deriving the truth from them presents a serious challenge. Take global warming, for instance. A recent report by climatologists says there has been no discernible increase in the world’s temperatures over the past 16 years. Most of the increase occurred from 1980 to 1997 [...]

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VERN’S VIEW: Forgetting how to compromise

The late historian Shelby Foote made two significant points during his opening comments in Ken Burns’ documentary "The Civil War." Foote said the war, itself, defined who we are as a nation and the decades leading up to the war illustrated how we lost or forgot how to practice the most unique and important aspect [...]

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OUR TURN: Refrain from setting unnecessary fires in order to prevent a disaster

Don’t relax your guard just yet about outdoor burning because of the recent rains, drizzle and humid mornings. The Highland Lakes are still parched by a drought that started two years ago this month, which means the region remains a tinderbox. The fires that ravaged Bastrop and Spicewood, claiming lives and thousands of acres, only [...]

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BETWEEN THE LINES: Facts can be stubborn things

Not many Americans know that John Adams, the second president of the United States, defended the British soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre. The man, who a few years later would sign the Declaration of Independence, got his clients acquitted. The trial and its aftermath, however, produced an interesting quote from the Massachusetts native: “Facts [...]

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