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BRA, other river authorities would be under review

April 18, 2015

Last week, the Texas Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 523, which I authored, to place all 18 of Texas’ river authorities under review of the Sunset Advisory Commission.

The commission (commonly referred to as “Sunset”) is the nonpartisan body charged with reviewing and analyzing our nearly 200 state agencies and making recommendations to the Legislature for those agencies’ improvement or potential abolition.

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Joe Heller

April 18, 2015
Joe Heller

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Oh, this young generation!

April 18, 2015

I’ve never really felt old before.

For all of my adult life, I’ve felt about 25. Even getting married, buying a house, having babies – none of those things made me feel like I was getting older.

When I turned 30, I was a little worried that it might sting a little, but much to my pleasant surprise, it didn’t.

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Letter to the Editor

April 18, 2015

The fear of flying

While working years for two of Uncle Sam’s Inspector General offices, I never thought twice of climbing on planes and flying anywhere.

Now days I wouldn’t fly somewhere to pick up lottery winnings.

The way planes keep falling out of the sky I am seriously considering asking the FAA to ban all flights over my house.

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Too much fertilizer can do more harm than good

April 11, 2015

To tackle the challenge of using fewer chemicals in your garden, you need to know about the nutrients essential to plant health.

Plants assimilate nutrients with the help of soil microbes, which exist in healthy soil. Texas climatic conditions make it hard for microbes to thrive, but so does the chemical residue (salts, nitrates, etc.) that can result from applying too much fertilizer.

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Letter to the Editor

April 11, 2015

FM 4 drivers turning to new Kroger store need protection

Many of us are looking forward to the opening of our new Kroger store. I am sure there will be an increase in the amount of traffic in the area.

In my opinion, we could have a very serious or deadly accident possibility at the lower entry to the parking lot on the south side.

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Local icon, governor impressive twosome

April 11, 2015

Show me a 20-year-old today who isn’t intimidated by celebrities, particularly the governor of your state and I’ll … well…

I’d attended college for two years and sort of ran out of money. A job came open at my hometown newspaper. Since I could live at home, I would have no room and board costs and could afford to take the $45 a week job as the news editor in 1958.

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Climb aboard

April 11, 2015
Climb aboard

Tristan Fallin (23) lifts a teammate in the air as the Granbury Pirates celebrate a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Crowley Tuesday night at Tidwell Field. The Pirates trailed 3-1 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, tied the game with the help of three Crowley errors and won in the eighth on another error.

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Joe Heller

April 11, 2015
Joe Heller

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Let it grow!

April 11, 2015

Let it grow.

I did, back when I had enough.

It was the summer of … let’s see … ’72, and I didn’t visit the barbershop until football two-a-day practices.

I tried to be hip and have long hair between the end and beginning of school. Coaches weren’t around to harass you, unless you saw them at the Dairy King or Perry’s gas station.

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