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The Heartbreak of Tax Breaks

As many Austinites already know, our fair city – once known as a laid back haven for slackers, musicians, students, and escapees of the Dallas and Houston lifestyle – is becoming increasingly unlivable and unaffordable.  Unfortunately, the beauty and quality … Continue reading

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Austin Makes Me Sick!!!

Among the reasons for not moving to Austin, I bet you think our atrocious traffic problem and lack of mass transit is at the top of the list. Or the lack of affordable housing. Or the high property taxes. But you’d … Continue reading

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Beyond All the Flag Waving…

Mike, my friend and Vietnam vet, recently posted some of his thoughts about his Army service.   I was reminded of my high school years during that war era and the angst over the draft lottery that the boys I … Continue reading

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How about an International Women’s Decade?

I suspect that many of you are oblivious to the significance of March 8th and probably didn’t see any reference to it anywhere last week. Except for the Google doodle referencing International Women’s Day (“IWD”), it didn’t get much media … Continue reading

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Hangin’ High or Muddlin’ Through

[This post is borrowed from my friend Flaco’s blog: http://www.toofarfromtown.blogspot.com/%5D According to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, is the ninth-most popular Christmas song … Continue reading

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Coming to a Screen Near You: A Taxing Drama

With the upcoming premiere of the 2013 legislative session, we’re beginning to see trailers of this biennial blockbuster featuring a cast of characters who will craft a budget that will either cripple public services and education or save us from … Continue reading

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Sweet Dreams, Sweet Soldiers

The official day of commemorating our war dead was this past Monday, but something this important is never untimely.  It was in the wake of Memorial Day this year that a friend and I were discussing his father’s death during … Continue reading

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Comrades in Arms and Benefits

If more of us spoke French, I’d introduce my father, Eugene Palmer, as a raconteur, a great storyteller.  He qualified in this category by being around a long time, having many opportunities to meet a lot of characters, and possessing … Continue reading

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The Summers of Our Discontent (or Why I Hate Daylight Savings Time)

As spring has sprung, I’ve heard many remarks about its beauty, folks proclaiming it their favorite season, and the sound of sneezing as blooming allergens make  their presence known.  The other day, a friend waxed on about how clean, fresh, … Continue reading

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Seeing Each Other Through Blind Eyes

In the wake of the recent controversy surrounding Asian-American, Harvard grad Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks, I found myself musing about the situation of minority groups who have such difficulty blending into the stereotypical American landscape.   One of … Continue reading

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