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Financial literacy important for young adults

April 15 was the filing deadline for the United States income tax. All across campus students were heard discussing the proper way to go about filing taxes or if anyone going to the university even made enough income to file.

This day prompted a lot of confusion and stress for the young people on this campus and nationwide. The widespread panic highlights a larger issue prevalent in this generation of young adults.

Indiana bill about religious freedom, not LGBTQIA

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) has recently undergone criticism claiming the bill is anti-LBGTQIA, however false that may be.

The bill mimics the 1993 federal RFRA signed into law by President Clinton. The bill is still held federally, while only 19 states have passed the RFRA portion applying to state governments.

New app will keep drinkers off roads

South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin continues to be the heart of innovation release. On March 13 during the SXSW Interactive festival, TopShelf, an alcohol delivery app, was launched.

Hot innovations are often released through such festivals, but this time modernization struck liquor stores all around Austin.

The alcohol delivery app was created by Ryan Browne and was designed to keep liquor fans safe and satisfied.

Bigger buildings would mean better business

Government always finds a way to insert itself into people’s lives.

For example, here in downtown San Marcos, buildings cannot be higher than four stories or 45 feet, according to the San Marcos City Code of Ordinances.

Alternative lodging offers unique but inconvenient experience

Alternative lodging company Airbnb recently announced it will start standardizing the overall experience and the way guests check into their accommodations with the help of companies like Guesty, City CoPilot and Beyond Pricing.

Regulation of Jacob's Well benificial for nature, and visitors

The impending regulation of Jacob’s Well are a positive step for the ecological preservation of the treasure of the Texas Hill Country.

The location has seen an increase in popularity due to recent advertisements in The New York Times and other national publications. Wimberley officials implemented a rule requiring swimmers to reserve two-hour slots to keep up with the demand for access. Reservations can be made through the Hays County website.

Abstinence-only sex education harmful to health

Abstinence-only sex education isn’t working. 

The goal of encouraging students to abstain from hormonal urges is succeeding in instilling stigma, but it is not in educating students to be more knowledgeable and conscientious of their sexual habits. 

Hazlewood funding must remain for veterans exclusive

The Hazlewood Act provides veterans with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas.

Lawmakers are sometimes eager to help veterans and soldiers in their policymaking by expanding acts such as this. However, there have been talks among Texas lawmakers regarding a substantial cut to the Hazlewood Act.

Quiet train zones a bad idea


Silent train zones should not be implemented for railroad crossings in San Marcos.

City officials have tried to implement quiet zones in the city since 2011, according to a March 25 University Star article. The proposed safety upgrades were priced at $1.1 million. Railroad crossings would be outfitted with extra precautions in order to prevent drivers from maneuvering around the caution arms once they are lowered.