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OUR TURN: Heed lifesaving lesson of ‘Don’t booze and cruise’

The broiling temperatures are here and the official start of summer is a few weeks away, which means thousands of boaters and swimmers will soon flock to the waterways of the Highland Lakes. Everyone who intends to indulge in water-related fun would do well to remember this simple phrase: “Don’t booze and cruise.” The follow-up […]

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OUR TURN: A new day beckons for area graduates

Hundreds of graduating seniors across the Highland Lakes are now taking the first step of their journey into a new life. Hopefully they are armed with all the benefits a good education can bring them. The lessons taught to them by family, school and church should also go a long way to prepare them for […]

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OUR TURN: Time for donors to light fuse of fireworks display

Highland Lakes residents and those living in Marble Falls specifically who want to get more bang for their buck during the annual July Fourth fireworks show have only seven weeks left to give a donation. Why does the display deserve the public’s financial support, other than the fact it’s part of a patriotic observance of […]

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OUR TURN: Lunoff’s homework: Get MFHS teachers revved up

Manny Lunoff has a tall order to fill. As the new principal of Marble Falls High School, it will be up to him to turn around the unenviable ranking of academically unacceptable the high school received from the Texas Education Agency in August. That ruling has given a black eye to the community and the […]

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OUR TURN: Local elections are some of the most important

Voters head to the polls Saturday, May 12, to make decisions in what could be the most important set of races of the year: city councils and school boards. When conversations turn to elections and voting, most people normally think of the big races — those for president, Congress and the governor — as being […]

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OUR TURN: Parents must do their part to stem prescription drug abuse

Though it’s certainly not their intent, parents and others who don’t secure their prescription drugs could be contributing to an increase in narcotics abuse among area teens. Police, juvenile probation officials and the Burnet County Attorney’s Office say there is a spike in abuses involving hydrocodone among minors. The drug is commonly prescribed for moderate […]

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OUR TURN: In our march to future, don’t forget humdrum

In the march to a glorious future for Marble Falls, city leaders shouldn’t lose sight of the basic needs of the present. There’s been a lot of talk lately about a future sports complex, a future road extension project in the Business and Technology Park and a future visitors center to replace the charming one […]

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OUR TURN: Put sparkle in Marble Falls with Spring Clean

Residents who care about having the cleanest and prettiest city in Texas have a chance to do something about it this week. Marble Falls is sponsoring Spring Clean 2012, which gives denizens three ways to get rid of trash and help beautify the city. Many consider the city the gem along the Colorado River, and […]

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OUR TURN: From the mouths of children … a plea

What can be more heart-wrenching, more plaintive, than the appeal of a child to right a wrong? Or in this case, not a child, but children — specifically, the friends of Caleb and Sierra Hardin, the teen siblings who lost their lives during a tragic accident Feb. 23 on Texas 29 between Burnet and Bertram. […]

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OUR TURN: If Marble Falls wants a sports complex, seek consensus

Hopes are growing that Marble Falls will someday have a regional sports complex to bring teams and supporters to the Highland Lakes for tournaments and competitions. These visitors also will bring their money. As the theory goes, this revenue will boost the local bottom line by putting “heads in beds” — the hospitality industry term […]

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OUR TURN: Why the fuss over voter ID?

The Justice Department’s refusal to grant pre-clearance to the Texas voter identification law is a decision that flies in the face of common logic. On March 12, the department declined to give its approval to the new law that requires voters to show some form of photo identification when they go to the polls. Federal […]

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OUR TURN: Sunshine Week shines a light on open government

As the week comes to a close, please take some time to pause and reflect on Sunshine Week, which runs March 11-17. Billed as “Sunshine Week: Your Right to Know,” the annual campaign urges residents to continue supporting efforts to keep government open and accountable. Sunshine Week is part of a national initiative to encourage […]

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OUR TURN: Dangerous stretch of Texas 29 should be a TxDOT priority

When something bad happens over and over again, it’s time to fix the problem. So it stands to reason that improvements to a stretch of Texas 29 between Burnet and Bertram that has been the site of nearly 100 accidents, including four fatalities, from 2010 to so far this year should be a priority for […]

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OUR TURN: LCRA needs to stay on course with water plan

The Water Management Plan approved in February by the Lower Colorado River Authority board is a far-reaching set of proposals borne of compromise. Though nobody at the table got everything personally desired, the plan should work well enough to ensure that cities and utilities in the Highland Lakes will always have adequate water during a […]

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OUR TURN: Early research gives signposts to Marble Falls merchants

A groundbreaking survey commissioned by the Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. about local shopping habits is saying a lot about how residents and their neighbors spend money. But to keep some of those dollars here, the EDC is going to have to walk a fine line by counseling local businesses on effective retail strategies, while […]

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OUR TURN: Marble Falls should keep the neon turned on

While the Marble Falls City Council is correct in trying to curb garish electronic signs by approving a proposed ordinance that controls visual pollution, most neon lights should be exempt. As the proposal stands now, businesses would only be allowed one neon sign plus an “open” sign in the window or outside. But that seems […]

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OUR TURN: LCRA needs to review its policy after well went dry

The recent crisis in Spicewood Beach that began with a well dropping to critically low levels clearly indicates the Lower Colorado River Authority needs to take a hard look at its policies. The crisis eventually was averted because LCRA began trucking in extra water and also installed a new pump on the well. Still, most […]

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OUR TURN: Rives’ appointment at Marble Falls Chamber latest positive signal

This past week, the official installation of Bill Rives as the executive director of the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce is another sign things are turning around for the Highland Lakes. For far too long the news has been about closing shops on Main Street in Marble Falls, sagging sales taxes, problems with attracting […]

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OUR TURN: Students (and parents) losing sleep over MFISD’s early hours

By now the Marble Falls Independent School District has had a few months to determine whether earlier class hours for the elementary schools are working. They aren’t. These oh-dark-thirty times are not beneficial to parents or their children — especially those in kindergarten, many of whom are losing valuable sleep. Parents say their youngest kids […]

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OUR TURN: Community consensus is best approach for deer management

During a recent discussion involving the Granite Shoals City Council and state wildlife biologists about managing deer populations, two salient points emerged: • Make sure there really is a deer problem. • Build community consensus before doing anything else. You think Texans argue about high school football? Wait until someone at City Hall says it’s […]

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OUR TURN: Woerner remains an asset to MFISD

Let’s hope recent events in the Marble Falls Independent School District aren’t the start of a long, slow goodbye to Cord Woerner, the scion of a Mustang coaching family who definitely made his mark on the athletics program. By now, few in town are unaware of developments last week — some would say startling, others […]

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OUR TURN: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Editor’s note: We take great pleasure each Christmas reprinting this classic letter from a little girl in New York City and the response by editor Francis P. Church, which first appeared in The New York Sun in 1897. DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa […]

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OUR TURN: Food pantries exemplify lesson of giving to others

Jesus Christ, the central figure of one of the planet’s most practiced religions, once told his followers it is better to give than to receive. If there ever was a time to give, this is it. A story in the River Cities Sunday Tribune last week painted a grim picture for area food pantries. They […]

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OUR TURN: Volunteers make difference for MFISD students in need

This summer, the Marble Falls Independent School District got a disturbing wake-up call from the Texas Education Agency. School accountability ratings for the district had dropped, even to the point where Marble Falls High School is now rated academically unacceptable based on scores from the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills. There is a solution […]

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OUR TURN: As always, there’s many 
reasons to give thanks

Welcome to the holiday season. Be of good cheer. Sure, the economy still isn’t where it should be. And the congressional Super Committee ended its tenure this past week gripped by partisan deadlock. The country’s financial sectors are occupied by Americans upset about the growing divide between rich and poor. Indeed, it sometimes seems as […]

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OUR TURN: City leaders’ work doesn’t stop 
with hospital’s groundbreaking

A new chapter in the history of Marble Falls and the Highland Lakes opened Wednesday, one that holds the promise of prosperity in the region for years to come. Now it’s up to our local leaders to ensure that growth takes place. On Wednesday, Scott & White Healthcare held the long-awaited groundbreaking for the Wayne […]

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