Kara Ramer

Porterfield leaves with legacy of transparency, cooperation

If ever there were a reliable bridge between the university and the city, it was Councilwoman Kim Porterfield, Place 1.

Latest in string of closures threatens local culture

A local bar recently served its final drinks, taking a little bit of the wind out of the sails of San Marcos’ social scene.

Restless Wind serviced San Marcos residents and Texas State students for almost 40 years. The bar had its last call March 18 after decades of being San Marcos’ go-to location for good drinks, great music and even better conversation.

Students, faculty, staff deserve voice in campus-wide issue debates

It is obvious the university administration needs to take serious steps to resolve the lack of communication regarding the solicitation of student, faculty and staff input for decision-making matters.

Students, faculty and staff deserve a voice in decisions about the future of Texas State with the rapid growth and change occurring in several areas across campus. Recently, however, many top administrators have done a poor job gathering input about new proposed policies, especially when it comes to transportation issues.

Proposed bus fee increase must be approved

Though students have been shortchanged by transportation services in recent weeks, things could become much worse if they are not willing to hand over more money to fix the problems.

A recent review by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute led to the administration canceling the Bobcat Interurban Tram services, effective Aug. 26. Commuter students who rely on the interurban services will have to find another way to get to campus.

Construction cheats West Campus residents

Students living in West Campus dorms who are routinely and unfairly jolted awake to the sound of a jackhammer outside of their windows deserve compensation from the university.

City council’s Cape’s Camp decision disrespects voters’ wishes

The San Marcos City Council is largely ignoring resident pleas and silencing the overwhelming public vote by going forth with plans to allow the Cape’s Camp land tract to become future student development.

Noise complaints blown out of proportion

Noisy neighbors are a common complaint around San Marcos, but few have been as accommodating as Zelicks Icehouse.

According to a Jan. 17 University Star article, the bar's conditional use permit was appealed by Barry James and his wife Brenda Smith, both of whom practice law across Hopkins Street from Zelicks. The lawyers cited the volume of Zelicks' live music in their appeal, which city council approved.

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