• Austin named “DogTown USA” — award spotlights best city for dogs
    Pets   //   September 11, 2014   // 0 Comments

    This Saturday, September 13th, animal advocates from around Austin will participate in the Best Friends Animal Society’s 3rd Annual Strut Your Mutt fundraiser. Attendees are encouraged to raise funds for their favorite local animal welfare group, participate in a walk or run with their dogs, and join in a wide array of fun activities for the whole family.

    Dog Fancy Magazine, the world’s most widely read dog magazine, will also be joining the event, recognizing Austin as the winner of DogTown USA 2014. Every year, Dog Fancy readers nominate an American city that represents to them the most dog-friendly accommodations. Dog Fancy editor Ernie Slone will be representing the publication to present a check for $5,000 to the City of Austin. The City will donate the winning prize money to their designated local dog charity Austin Pets Alive, one of the most accomplished No-Kill adoption centers in the United States.

  • Reparative therapy is just the tip o’ the Grand Old Platform
    Columns This Old Spouse   //   June 16, 2014   // 3 Comments

    This week on Lone Star Myth Bashers, we take a hard look at the common perception that the conservative movement in Texas makes our fair state the target of national and international ridicule with its outlandish statements and backward beliefs.

    Quite the contrary. LSMB has found ample evidence that the state’s GOP base, for example, uses hard science as a foundation for its advocacy agenda. At its recent convention in Fort Worth, the Republican braintrust offered this scientific gem as a tenet of its party platform: “We recognize the legitimacy and value of counseling which offers reparative therapy and treatment to patients who are seeking escape from the homosexual lifestyle.”

    Yes, despite opposition from such liberal elite establishments as the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, and the American Psychological Association—and the fact that several states have banned this type of “therapy” outright—the Texas GOP has forged bravely ahead in its mission. The hard science the party is using, by the way, comes from an 1892 pamphlet entitled “Tingly Feelings are from the Devil.”

    “One of the most fundamental tenets of our party’s focus on the family is the protection of the natural, wholesome man-woman relationship the way God intended it,” the Texas governor said in his address. “If a person seeking to rid himself of unnatural and unhealthy homosexual cravings wants to seek help through this reparative technique, he should be able to find this sort of assistance readily. And the therapy works. Believe me, I know…I mean, I’ve heard.”

  • The Role and Powers of County Government – Part 4
    Columns Commissioners Corner   //   October 17, 2013   // 0 Comments

    By Travis County Precinct 3 Commissioner Gerald Dougherty This is the final in a series of articles about the role and powers of your County Government. I’m doing this as an effort to enlighten you about what we as your Commissioners Court are mandated to do, what we’re allowed to do if we choose, and what we cannot do because we don’t have the authority to do so. We’ve learned that counties...

  • The Role and Powers of County Government – Part 3
    Columns Commissioners Corner   //   September 19, 2013   // 0 Comments

    by Travis County Precinct 3 Commissioner Gerald Dougherty Two of the most important powers of your Commissioners Court that affect all Travis County taxpayers are: (1) set the County’s property tax rate, and (2) approve the County’s budget. August and September are the two busiest months for us as we look at the preliminary budget, conduct budget hearings on additional budget requests, and make...

  • The Role and Powers of County Government – Part 2
    Columns Commissioners Corner   //   September 13, 2013   // 0 Comments

    by Travis County Precinct 3 Commissioner Gerald Dougherty This is the second in a series of articles in which you’ll find out about the role of county government. Last time I talked about the formation of counties as compared to cities…that counties are created by the state and cities are created by citizens of a local area. We touched on the establishment of the Commissioners Court, qualificat...

  • What do you know about the role and powers of County Government?
    Columns Commissioners Corner   //   July 13, 2013   // 0 Comments

    by Travis County Precinct 3 Commissioner Gerald Dougherty What do you know about your Travis County Commissioners Court? What can we do? What can’t we do? What legal authorities and powers does the Court have? What do I do as your County Commissioner? What qualifies me to be your County Commissioner? This is the first in a series of articles in which I’ll enlighten you about the role of coun...

  • Is It Legal to Yell ‘Ants!’ in a Crowded Car?
    Columns This Old Spouse   //   November 25, 2012   // 1 Comment

    So I was chauffeuring my younger daughter home from her latest must-attend gathering of friends and frenemies du jour, daydreaming of the day when my offspring have cars and licenses and gas money of their own, when we stopped for said gas. It was evening, and as I pulled in under the station’s fluorescent-lit awning, daughter Jamie began screaming at the top of her lungs and leapt out of the car as if it were on fire.

    “What? What?” I hollered.

    “Ants!”

  • An old dog gets a second chance
    Pets   //   October 24, 2012   // 0 Comments

    Xena had only hours to live. The old dog sat shivering and scared at the Town Lake Animal Center (TLAC) on that frigid January day, a dog nobody wanted. What had she done to incur a death sentence? It was not what she did, it came down to what she was: an old, large-breed dog requiring too many weeks of medical care to become presentable to potential adopters.

  • Don’t turn into spooky boyfriend
    Leslie Answers   //   July 21, 2012   // 0 Comments

    I’m stuck here. I have a girlfriend of one year and I have asked her to not contact old boyfriends since we’re now just dating each other. She’s been okay with it, except for one guy that she’s known since they were in high school ten years ago.

  • Discovery of ‘Dad Particle’ is huge scientific breakthrough
    This Old Spouse   //   July 16, 2012   // 0 Comments

    Ponca City, Oklahoma (AP)—In a culmination of 50 years of theoretical speculation and weeks of intense media frenzy, two teams of researchers at the Fatherhood Institute for Research Nerds (FIRN) recently announced they had independently discovered evidence for the long-sought elementary particle that dictates behavior by dads and thus significantly impacts the family universe—the elemental unit popularly known as the “Dad Particle.”

  • Move over, slow down for tow trucks and emergency vehicles
    View from the State Legislature   //   July 1, 2012   // 0 Comments

    By Paul Workman, State Representative for House District 47 The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is rightfully placing particular emphasis on informing the public about and enforcing the "Move Over/Slow Down" law as it relates to tow trucks. This newer law requires a motorist to move over or slow down when certain vehicles are stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activat...

  • A word about a really good cause
    The Word from Oak Hill   //   July 1, 2012   // 0 Comments

    by Mike Jasper  Word from Oak Hill is... More. Specifically, more from Richard McCain. While he lost his bid for another term as constable, he will stay involved in the community, especially with his favorite cause—Foundation Communities. Recently, Foundation Communities—which provides affordable housing and educational services to homeless or otherwise financially threatened families ...

  • Austin Barkitecture accepting applications for designers
    Pets   //   June 5, 2012   // 0 Comments

    Animal Lovers of Austin, Inc., present Barkitecture, 2012.  On November 10 from 12-4 pm in the spectacular 2ND Street District, Barkitecture will raise funds via silent auction of unique, one of a kind doghouses created by Austin’s best architects, designers, and builders.  Proceeds will benefit local area animal rescue groups. Barkitecture is now accepting applications through their website, w...

  • Some Like It Hot! Only $20 to adopt in June
    Pets   //   June 5, 2012   // 0 Comments

    Summer is the season to adopt from the Austin Animal Center, which will be reducing its adoption fees for all animals to $20 for the month of June. This reduced fee includes the animal’s spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip, and identification tags.

  • Frost Bank Donates $2,500 to the Hampton Branch at Oak Hill
    Business Bits   //   June 2, 2012   // 0 Comments

    Frost Bank recently presented a donation of $2,500 to the Hampton Branch at Oak Hill, Austin Public Library. The donation highlights the grand opening of a new Frost Bank location at 4301 West William Cannon.

  • An old dog learns a new trick
    Pets   //   May 20, 2012   // 4 Comments

    Last year my sister and I adopted a senior dog from Austin Pets Alive (APA). We had lost a beloved dog six months earlier, and while I had resolved not to get another dog, my sister missed having a canine greeter at the door.

  • Gordo’s opening up shaved ice stand
    Business Bits   //   May 15, 2012   // 0 Comments

    Summer must surely be approaching if the shaved ice stands start opening up. Look for the folks who run Gordo’s Tortas at Highway 290 and Derecho , across from the Valero, to open up a second food stand on their lot this weekend. This one won’t have any hot stuff, only Hawaiian shaved ice with a choice of over 30 flavors.