The Main Point

The Main Point is the opinion of the newspaper’s editorial board. Columns are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the full staff, Texas State University-San Marcos Student Media, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication or Texas State University-San Marcos.

San Marcos should adopt "Don't Block the Box" initiative

The “Don’t Block the Box” initiative gaining traction in Austin should be implemented in San Marcos.

It is easy to do and would make a difference regarding San Marcos’ ever increasing population.

On March 27 city officials in Austin unveiled their plan to reduce traffic congestion and jams with their “Don’t Block the Box” initiative. A car ‘blocks the box’ by obstructing an intersection and preventing people from crossing. While it is illegal in Texas, enforcement has been lax at best until now.

Good riddance Confederate flag, we hardly knew you

After the racist terrorist attack on the historical Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church that left nine innocent civilians dead, the debate over the legitimacy of the Confederate flag begun anew.

Care of San Marcos River should be added to curriculum

While the San Marcos River is heralded as a place for fun and a little R&R for Bobcats after a stressful week, the river is so much more than a place for debauchery and cruising.

Bobcats need a course in River 101 to know its exact importance. It is not just a mere suggestion that students, the primary benefactors of the river’s recreation, seek to keep it clean and protected.

Blue Bell will undoubtedly make comeback despite setbacks

The South’s favorite ice cream distributor, Blue Bell Creameries, recently got themselves into a world of trouble after an outbreak of the potentially deadly listeria organism cost the lives of three consumers and left seven in the hospital.

Students must assist community post Memorial Day weekend flooding

Hell has come to Hays County in the form of the leading cause of weather-related deaths, and we are all reeling in the aftermath.

The historic Memorial Day weekend flash floods that devastated Hays County have captivated the media and even drew the attention of the president himself. On May 30, President Barack Obama declared the state of Texas a disaster area due to the Memorial Day weekend floods that shattered the community and left calamity in their wake.

Things to do in San Marcos before graduation

Visit the campus statues

The various statues on campus are entrenched in Bobcat tradition and culture. Before students take their final steps on campus, they should make sure to shake LBJ’s hand and rub the fighting stallions one last time.

 

Hike at Purgatory Creek

The Purgatory Creek trails are a nature hotspot. The trails are expansive and close enough to campus that Bobcats have easy access to them.

 

Tour campus one last time

Things to do in San Marcos before graduation

Visit the campus statues

The various statues on campus are entrenched in Bobcat tradition and culture. Before students take their final steps on campus, they should make sure to shake LBJ’s hand and rub the fighting stallions one last time.

 

Hike at Purgatory Creek

Government involvement crucial for students

The time is now for students and young people to take back their future and make their voices heard.

Texas students have visited the state capitol to share their opinions on key issues such as immigration, concealed carry laws and healthcare districts in disadvantaged counties. Students got involved by going to Senate and House sessions and testifying on bill hearings and proposals.

Senate bill positive measure for river, university

In December 2014, a Texas senator introduced a bill to the Senate proposing the creation of water preservation districts to improve the safety and cleanliness of the San Marcos River.

Senator Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) filed Senate Bill 234 on Dec. 9, 2014. The bill requires all counties that share a border with the San Marcos River to create a park and recreation district to “create an offense and provide penalties” for infractions committed in the area. The Water Oriented Recreation Districts (W.O.R.D.) will allow for the collection of fees including tolls.

State senator makes harmful HIV/AIDS budget appropriations

The Texas House of Representatives recently passed a budget cutting funding for HIV/AIDS prevention programs.

According to a March 31 Texas Observer article, Texas has the third-highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the country. This disease is a big problem for the state.

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