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Sandra Reed: Honoring the rights of surviving spouse and minor children

Sandra Reed: Honoring the rights of surviving spouse and minor children

By Sandra W. Reed The rights of the surviving spouse can be trampled when the other spouse dies, making it imperative that couples understand what those rights are and plan…

Lee Hamilton: Why government openness matters

Lee Hamilton: Why government openness matters

Failing to share information makes us weaker. It enfeebles congressional oversight, which is a cornerstone of representative democracy and which, when aggressively carried out by fully informed legislators, can strengthen…

My Farmtastic Life: Tiny barn, grateful heart

My Farmtastic Life: Tiny barn, grateful heart

By Tammy Ammon Have any of y’all heard of the tiny house movement?  The basic concept is that we have too much stuff and that it’s time to simplify. Reasons for going…

Life Care Planning: Give back to animal companions — provide for their care

Life Care Planning: Give back to animal companions — provide for their care

By Sandra W. Reed Addie, a precious member of our family, died last week. Addie was 16 and, despite increasing trouble with arthritic joints, she managed to get up and down…

Lee Hamilton: Why government fails and what we should do about it

Lee Hamilton: Why government fails and what we should do about it

Whatever our political stripe, we all want government to fail less often. Citizens and the media need to pressure elected officials to spend more time digging into the nitty-gritty of…

Tammy Ammon: My Farmtastic Life

Tammy Ammon: My Farmtastic Life

[Editor’s Note: This week we introduce a new column called “My Farmtastic Life” by special contributor Tammy Ammon. Tammy and her husband, “Cowboy,” live on a beautiful patch of land…

Ross Ramsey: A conundrum for Capitol gatekeepers — who’s a reporter and who’s a lobbyist?

Ross Ramsey: A conundrum for Capitol gatekeepers — who’s a reporter and who’s a lobbyist?

By Ross Ramsey Texas Tribune https://www.texastribune.org/2014/07/28/analysis-conundrum-texas-capitol-gatekeepers/ Texas lawmakers are going to have to figure out what a reporter is. You have no reason to care about this, unless you want…

Sandra W. Reed on Life Care Planning: Fictional account of Alzheimer’s sufferer mirrors real life

Sandra W. Reed on Life Care Planning: Fictional account of Alzheimer’s sufferer mirrors real life

By Sandra W. Reed The novel Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante is an excellent example of how fiction can often teach us as much about life as non-fiction. LaPlante…

Lee Hamilton: Are we doomed to polarization?

Lee Hamilton: Are we doomed to polarization?

We face complex problems. To find solutions, we must be willing to exercise the values of representative democracy: tolerance, mutual respect, accepting ideological differences, working to build consensus. We Americans…

Ross Ramsey: In border crisis, Perry finds a political advantage

Ross Ramsey: In border crisis, Perry finds a political advantage

By Ross Ramsey Texas Tribune Even if you believe that Gov. Rick Perry’s motivations are purely about the security of the border between Texas and Mexico, his running dispute with the…