Columns/Opinions

Thu
18
Apr

Goliad survivor runs for his life for weeks

Texas History

By Bartee Haile

While Texans were fighting the final battle for their independence on Apr. 21, 1836, a survivor of the Goliad Massacre was spending his twenty-first day on the run.

Twenty year old John Crittenden Duval and his older brother Burr were members of the large Kentucky contingent that answered the Texans’ appeal in the early stage of the Revolution. When Col. James Fannin surrendered over the objections of his officers on Mar. 20, 1836, the Duvals were among the hundreds of volunteers who fell into enemy hands.

A week later on Palm Sunday morning, the prisoners were relieved to learn of their impending departure. Most had bitterly denounced Fannin for accepting the Mexicans’ pledge of repatriation in return for his capitulation, but now it looked like they were going home, after all.

 

 

Thu
18
Apr

Top officeholders join together in push for funding solution

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen on April 10 released a joint statement promoting a twofold method for the 86th Texas Legislature to curb property tax increases across the state.

“Texans are fed up with skyrocketing property taxes. At the beginning of the legislative session, the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker laid out an agenda for property tax relief through the passage of Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 2 to limit property tax growth,” the state’s top officeholders said.

Thu
11
Apr

House passes legislation to reform school finance, property taxes

AUSTIN — The Texas House of Representatives on April 3 approved muchanticipated legislation written to revise the state’s public school finance system. The vote was 148-1, and the bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

House Bill 3 would increase pay for public school classroom teachers, librarians and other fulltime personnel and also would enable property tax relief. Primarily authored by House Education Committee Chair Dan Huberty, R-Houston, joint authors include Reps. Diego Bernal, D-San Antonio; John Zerwas, R-Richmond; Ken King, R-Canadian; and Alma Allen, D-Houston.

 

 

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Thu
11
Apr

“The Whirlwind” rid Rio Grande of raiders

Texas History

By Bartee Haile

Board rooms resembIn a joint resolution on Apr. 11, 1882, the Texas legislature praised Lt. John Lapham Bullis for his heroic service “in behalf of the people of the frontier of this State, in repelling the depredations of Indians and other enemies of the frontier of Texas.”

Bullis was born and raised in western New York not far from the shores of Lake Ontario. His Quaker upbringing in that serene setting did not prepare him for the Civil War or years of fighting raiders along the Rio Grande.

 

 

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Wed
10
Apr

The Road to No More Victims

My son Dustin had unforgettable, fiery red hair and a huge, goofy grin. He loved to make people laugh. One summer night shortly after graduating high school, Dustin got a ride with a 19-year-old driver who had alcohol and drugs in her system.

Seat-belted and sober, Dustin was riding in the back seat when the driver lost control of the car, ran into an embankment and launched the car into a river. The driver and front seat passenger escaped. Dustin could not, and he drowned.

As the immediate past president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), I represent hundreds of thousands of people like me whose lives have been tragically, irreversibly changed by someone else’s decision to drive while impaired. To end impaired driving, we need to talk about it, and since April is Alcohol Awareness Month, there’s no better time to have this discussion.

Thu
04
Apr

House and Senate continue to move closer to passing budget

AUSTIN — Last week, with 60 days remaining until the end of the 140-day regular session of the 86th Texas Legislature, the House and Senate vaulted closer toward finalizing a state budget.

On March 27, the House of Representatives voted 149-0 in favor of HB 1, its version of the state budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. The lower chamber’s bill allocates some $251 billion to cover the two years and puts $9 billion more than the current budget into education reform, including a teacher pay increase and pension funding, and property tax reform.

Thu
04
Apr

Five things happening at your capitol this week

My Five Cents…

The Texas House has passed House Bill 3, the school finance overhaul bill with a historic vote of 148-1. It is headed to the Senate and we will continue to work to ensure school districts are funded equitably.

Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week:

1. House Committee Passes Property Tax Relief

In February, the Senate Property Tax Committee passed SB 2, which would prevent local entities, such as cities and counties from raising their property taxes more than 2.5 percent, without voter approval. Cities and counties can currently collect an additional eight percent in revenues without an election. With the provisions of this bill, if voters do not approve an increase, the entity would be forced to set a tax rate that only allows it to collect revenues from existing properties which are less than 2.5 percent over the previous year.

Fri
29
Mar

Air pollution from tank fire sparks lawsuit

AUSTIN — Images of a stream of billowing dark smoke drew the nation’s attention last week to a fire that engulfed 11 petrochemical storage tanks at the Intercontinental Terminals Company about 15 miles southeast of Houston in Deer Park.

On March 17, Gov. Greg Abbott ordered that all state resources be made available to local and industry officials and urged residents to heed the warnings of local officials. Governmental bodies in nearby affected areas ordered residents to shelter in place because of concerns about unhealthy air quality. Deer Park Independent School District and other districts canceled classes for several days.

 

 

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Fri
29
Mar

Five things happening at your capitol this week

My Five Cents…

This week, I had the honor of recognizing Smokey the Bear on the Senate floor for his 75th anniversary of service. The Smokey the Bear program is the longestrunning public service advertising campaign in U.S. History.

Wildfire prevention is one of the most critical issues affecting our country, with 9 out of 10 wildfires caused by people. Smokey’s message is as relevant and urgent today as it was in 1944, “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires.”

 

 

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Thu
21
Mar

Using swim noodles for catfish

Fishing and Hunting Southeast Texas

As I pitched the last swim noodle float over the side of the boat my Friend Wayne Thomas turned the boat around so that we could see all the way back down our set. The first noodle was about three hundred yards back to the west and all thirty or so of the others floated on their side in an irregular pattern just off the edge of the flooded timber. The only movement in the floats was caused by the gentle easterly breeze. “Wonder if we picked the right spot”, I said, mostly talking to myself. Just then the fifth swim noodle. Stood straight up on end and bobbed up and down in the water. “Fish on”, Wayne said.

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