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Austin American-Statesman EDITORIAL
Taxpayers deserve to know about plans that affect Texas roads
posted 6:45pm Monday - 11 a.m. Wednesday
The Texas Transportation Commission is refusing to let the public know what proposals it plans to consider, prior to public meetings. Under this policy, TTC has made decisions on allowing paid-for highways to be converted to toll roads, with virtually no notice or public input.

It doesn't bother me if TTC operates in darkness
Taxpayers should demand open government
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CNN.com, Monday, Dec. 29, 2003 Posted: 4:48 PM 12/29/2003
Site of electronic voting firm hacked

Ozarks Newsstand, Dec. 29, 2003, Posted 4:09 PM 12/30/2003
Boone County hesitating on paperless voting system "..Arkansas is among nine states that have decided to wait for more information before going ahead with plans for new equipment and systems."


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Iraq column by Viet Nam vet Bruce Patterson
Buried Alive When I hear baby boomer politicians, all high and mighty, rhapsodizing about the noble enterprise of war, the pride and the glory and the moral cleansing provided by blood sacrifice on the field of battle, I feel like I'm trapped in a crazy man's time warp.

Attacks force retreat from wide-ranging plans for Iraq The United States has backed away from several of its more ambitious initiatives to transform Iraq's economy, political system and security forces as attacks on U.S. troops have escalated and the timetable for ending the civil occupation has accelerated.

For Viet Nam vet Anthony Zinni, another war on shaky territory Anthony C. Zinni's opposition to U.S. policy on Iraq began on the monsoon-ridden afternoon of Nov. 3, 1970. He was lying on a Vietnamese mountainside west of Da Nang, three rounds from an AK-47 assault rifle in his side and back. He could feel his lifeblood seeping into the ground as he slipped in and out of consciousness.



I have been wanting to tell you about my experience with Time Warner Roadrunner. It took me a while to decide to get Roadrunner, but finally did.
You were right about the speed, it's day and nite compaired to dialup svc. Recently I went to a friends house to visit and they still have dial up svc. I was helping them with some software they wanted to download from the net and man, did it drag on to get the download started, then got booted off before the download finished.
I don't miss those days of dial up svc. As you say in your commercial, "I don't know what I would do without Roadrunner!" I agree with you. Thanks for opening my eyes to Roadrunner.
Debble M


Dear Brad,
On March 18, 2003, Bill O'Reilly made the following statement on a Fox Newscast. "And I said on my program, if, if the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and we find nothing within 6 months, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush administration again."
We are well past that 6 month period, and Mr. O'Reilly has not given us his apology.
David P - Wimberley

Can anyone point me to a place where the O'Reilly statement can be verified? If so, I'd like to call up ol' Bill and see what he has to say about it. I realize that we all say dumb stuff, me more frequently than some others, but I'd still call. (I have run this past www.snopes.com without result.)

12/28 4:43 p.m.
Go to oreilly-sucks.com and click on "bill's info".

The WMD issue is the top link "O'Reilly Statements on WMD's in Iraq". Thanks a lot, cd

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How two mad men changed Apple's policy on iPod battery replacement
JonBenet case DNA finally finally sent to FBI after seven years
Tailpipe Emissions Test Update Thefts of vehicle inspection decals accelerate in Galveston
The rash of sticker thefts has intensified since July, just a couple of months after the cost of vehicle inspections in some counties in the Houston area jumped from $12.50 to $39.50 and nitrogen oxide exhaust emissions limits made it harder for older cars to pass.




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