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For Copper Chief, a band based in Austin and New Braunfels, being on a hit TV show like USA Network’s Real Country was a huge shot in the arm for the young band. 

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During the past week, I was able to make some new friends who were visitors to New Braunfels. They explained that they had heard about our wonderful town for many years, but had never taken time to visit.

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Our 16-year-old, Mireya, is almost never bored. She has a tendency to dive into hobbies with a level of intensity shared by Green Berets, Star Wars fans and competitive ballroom dancers. She’ll research a hobby, read everything she can get her hands on, then tackle a huge project as if it we…

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“God be good to him — we sure weren’t,” was the prayer that came to mind when I saw the news that Vincent Lambert had died. He died nine days after being taken off food and water following a long legal battle. 

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It is difficult to approach the subject of race in a public forum — especially when you’ve got a limited amount of space to work with both in your brain and on the page. To get started two things need to happen. 

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New Braunfelsers and out-of-town visitors flocked to a three-part set of big names at Whitewater Music Amphitheater last Friday to celebrate summer in a river town during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

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Citizens of New Braunfels and Comal County, help save our area’s natural beauty! I began looking for a place to move in 2007 and the beauty, parks, open spaces, and friendliness of Comal County and New Braunfels put this area at the top of the list. At the time, there were about 52,000 peopl…

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The Bipartisan Background Checks Bill, HB 8, passed the House of Representatives, has moved to the Senate and has been put on the Senate’s Legislative Calendar as HR 8. This bill requires anyone who wishes to transfer gun ownership through private channels must work through a licensed gun de…

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Q. We visited a neighborhood on the Fourth of July for an Independence Day Party. It was quite an area with lots of shade trees including pecans, live oaks, red oaks, cedar elms and mesquites. It surprised me that the trees did so well because it appeared the soil was just caliche and lawns …

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Recently I learned about the death of a former colleague I worked with while I was a school administrator in Ohio. While we were never particularly close, I was somewhat overtaken with a feeling of remorse because of something I had neglected to do.

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Certainly,  you have seen the large granite monument that is in Landa Park near Founders’ Oak. If you haven’t already, give yourself a treat and go see this important monument. Now, let us discuss how it got there.

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As a distraction from, or maybe just an offshoot of the Cold War, the space race between the US and Soviet Union (USSR) was heating up during our Mercury program. The Soviet’s Vostok program stayed ahead of the Mercury program, setting the record for longest time in orbit. 

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Americans wrestling with religious conflicts in the workplace need to start by doing some math.

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Thanks New Braunfels for a wonderful July Fourth Parade. The Sophienburg Team did a great job organizing and keeping all the entries in line. Sts. Peter & Paul kindly let a wonderful variety of American tributes line up to march and our community turned out in great numbers to honor the …

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It’s been a very good year for Texas musicians, starting with King George Strait. 

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Recently I purged a tiny section of my closet. It’s just a half dozen pairs of shoes, but already it feels like I’ve cracked open a whole new world. A world where I let go of things. As in really let go. Where I no longer imagine that the broken can be fixed, the stains removed, the soulless…

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Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece, “The Importance of Being Ernest,” made a satire of Victorian-era societal norms. The two male lead characters — straining under 19th century social rules — took solace in leading double lives which, in turn, led to more violations of those same rules. Ultimately, f…

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I believe that we should have a Democratic presidential debate every week. The more liberal “ideas” we see, the better. A group of candidates who covet the honor and privilege of leading our country are promising anything to get votes. How can we expect them to be responsible to ALL American…

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 It seems to be a natural human tendency to scapegoat others — their ideas, appearance, beliefs, their otherness — in order to make one feel less threatened by differences. History is riddled with individuals, entire peoples and their beliefs who became victims of those in power, to be blame…

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It’s going to be hot this summer. It’s Texas. It almost always is. With that heat comes big electric usage as houses and businesses all over the state use their air conditioning to keep from melting.

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On July 20, 2019, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins mission to the moon. 

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Is it safe to come out and what are the proper protocols for reducing risks of exposure and ridicule? 

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At a recent City Council meeting there was a mayoral proclamation making June Pride (Gay Pride) month in New Braunfels. This is a strongly conservative town and has many citizens who oppose this. I spoke on this at City Council and prompted like-minded people to show up. Mone did! 

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“I would never buy a home that had a power pole or high voltage lines in the backyard.” 

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Q. I have Bermuda grass running over my recently replanted (3 months) Asiatic jasmine. Of all the contact herbicides for weed grasses that you describe is there any one of the products that would be best in that situation?

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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, I dedicate the month of July to a brief chronology of our efforts toward putting a human on the Moon.

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Rugby fans in Australia were getting used to superstar Israel Folau talking about his evangelical faith.

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The toxicity of the resistance to President Trump has risen in recent days, with the nation’s most respected newspapers publishing rationalizations for denying Trump supporters public accommodation and for doxxing career federal employees, while a journalist found himself under physical atta…

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If you’ve wondered whether former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus is done with politics, the answer is no.

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From recognizing community helpers to helping community organizations do even more good, the last seven days have seen New Braunfelsers pushing to make the city better than ever.

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When do we celebrate Straight Pride? We celebrate Gay Pride Month, Black History Month, the Me Too movement for Women’s Rights. We display Mexican flags and burn American flags. At sporting events we disrespect our own flag and national anthem as well as celebrating foreign holidays. 

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Happy Birthday America! What a great way to start the day. I hope to see all of you at our parade today in downtown.

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I was talking to a friend the other day about change. She was in a situation which had gotten fairly challenging and she had asked the universe for something to change. And since she clearly has a direct line to some pretty powerful folks, Change, with a capital C, arrived in a ginormous way.

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MONTREAL — Now we approach an important week in the culture of North America. 

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There are two news stories in the last week or so that should alarm and rally us. 

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Every pundit in the game has rushed out their version of the “takeaway” from last week’s debates so I might as well hop on the bandwagon. 

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Here are Ten Best Reasons for barbecuing veggie burgers and hot dogs this Independence Day, rather than ground-up animal body parts: