Columns/Opinions

Thu
16
Feb

Triple lynching touches off nasty feud

By Bartee Haile

A masked mob dragged five suspected cattle thieves kicking and screaming from the Mason County jail on Feb. 18, 1875, lynched three of the terrified outlaws and touched off a nasty feud forever known as the Hoodoo War.

In the chaotic aftermath of the Civil War, Texans often took the law into their own hands. Desperate characters, who mistook common folk for easy pickings, were routinely dispatched without benefit of judge, jury or clergy.

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Thu
16
Feb

Legislation banning sanctuary city policies clears hurdle

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Feb. 8 praised the Texas Senate’s approval of legislation to ban sanctuary cities, an item on his priority list for the current legislative session.

Senate Bill 4 by Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, passed after 16 hours of floor debate on a 20-10 party-line vote, with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats in opposition.

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Tue
14
Feb

Mentor Moment: Meet Cheyenne Ard, VHS senior

By Sally Andrews

Cheyenne Ard, a senior at Vidor High School, wanted to be a Pirate Pal because reading is not only a very important aspect of her life, but it’s one of her favorite things to do. “You will never catch me without a book,” she says, “And helping this student gives me great joy. I get to read and I get to help children! Two of my favorite things wrapped in one!” Being a Pirate Pal and also being a high school student has not necessarily been easy, though. Cheyenne meets with her pal before school, so it’s a challenge to get to class on time.

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Thu
09
Feb

Mustangs ride All-American to Final Four

By Bartee Haile

Jim Krebs scored a Southwest Conference record 50 points on Feb. 8, 1956 to power the SMU Mustangs past the Texas Longhorns 109- 96.

Elmore “Doc” Hayes was hired in 1947 to breathe new life into the listless basketball program at Southern Methodist University. The pitiful Ponies had won a grand total of two SWC titles in 28 seasons, the last exactly a decade earlier.

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Thu
09
Feb

Governor raises four issues to emergency status

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his second biennial “State of the State” address to a joint session of the Texas Legislature on Jan. 31.

In exercising his prerogative as governor, Abbott presented a short list of emergency items for lawmakers to enact during the 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature: 

- Improvements to Child Protective Services;

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Thu
02
Feb

Alabama doctor survived massacre at Goliad

By Bartee Haile

 

After a two-week wait on the Gulf Coast, a company of Alabama volunteers organized and led by Dr. Jack Shackelford, was officially “accepted for service” in the army of the rebellion on Feb. 3, 1836

 

As soon as he heard that Anglo-American colonists in Mexico’s northernmost province had risen up against the repressive central government, Shackelford called a public meeting in the town of Courtland near the Tennessee state line.

 

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Thu
02
Feb

Abbott tells sheriff to reverse sanctuary policy or lose funding

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has stepped up the pressure on Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez to participate in immigration enforcement, warning that she could lose state funding if she refuses.

 

In a Jan. 23 letter, Abbott urged the sheriff to reverse her policy directive “forbidding Travis County Sheriff’s Office employees from cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests.”

 

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Thu
26
Jan

Marches come one day after inauguration of new president

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — Thousands of Texans were on hand to witness the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20 in Washington. President Trump closed his 16-minute inaugural address by saying: “Together, we will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And yes, together we will make America great again.”

 

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Thu
26
Jan

Infamous texas fugitive flees to Brazil

By Bartee Haile

 

The news out of Brazil on Jan. 30, 1977 was that a 19-year fugitive from Lone Star justice, had been arrested for financial misdeeds in his extradition-proof sanctuary. Long before the savings and loans scandal of the 1980’s, there was BenJack Cage, scam artist supreme. The sixfoot four-inch former football player could size up a sucker across a crowded room, or as one of his many victims observed, “He can take your pulse at 20 paces.”

 

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Thu
19
Jan

A more Presidential Donald Trump

A parody Twitter account has popped up that imagines what President-elect Donald Trump's tweets would look like if he suddenly acted presidential.

 

When @realDonaldTrump lashes out on Twitter, @MatureTrumpTwts restates it in a calm, conciliatory way. This from Sunday, for example: "I recognize there's anger & fear in our country right now. My goal is to heal the divide, not fuel it. I'll work tirelessly to unite us all."

 

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