Columns/Opinions

Thu
01
Dec

The common good, a divided nation we face in election

There was a moment during President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address that spoke volumes about the state of our government. The president said he would like to work with Congress, but he made it clear he was not about to let mere legislators impede his policy ambitions. “So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I'm going to do,” he said. You might have expected members of Congress to rise up en masse to protest this usurpation of their authority. But Democrats in the House chamber gave that line a standing ovation, cheering Obama’s plan to make their branch of government, and them, as irrelevant as he possibly could.

 

Thu
01
Dec

Texas African American History Memorial unveiled at Capitol

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — A crowd of citizens and dignitaries gathered on the south lawn of the state Capitol on Nov. 19 to witness the unveiling of the Texas African American History Memorial. The 32-foot-wide, 27-foot-tall bronze monument by sculptor Ed Dwight features images of African-Americans in Texas from modern times going back nearly 500 years.

 

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Tue
22
Nov

3 states seek clarity on federal transgender guidelines

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — Attorneys General Ken Paxton of Texas, Patrick Morrissey of West Virginia and Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma are seeking clarification of the federal government’s guidelines regarding bathroom access and other issues involving transgender students.
 
Tue
22
Nov

Manufacturing jobs decline, government jobs expand

The economic recovery since the Great Recession of 2007-09 has generally been pretty meager.
 
Thu
17
Nov

Trump victory turns eyes to possible cabinet nominees

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — Republican Donald J. Trump, on his way to winning the presidential election on Nov. 8, won the vote in Texas with 4,651,955 votes, or 52.39 percent of the 8,878,152 votes cast.
 
Some 2,842,553 votes, or 43 percent, were cast by Texans for former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, in the race for the White House.
 
Thu
17
Nov

Texan’s Nazi warning fell on deaf ears

By Bartee Haile
 
Globe-trotting newspaper reporter Hubert Renfro Knickerbocker spoke at Southern Methodist University in Dallas on Nov. 20, 1941, but as usual his pro-war message fell on deaf and hostile ears.
 
For years the award-winning journalist had implored the public to take a hard second look at Adolph Hitler and the threat fascism posed to democracy around the world. But he was drowned out by the greatest American hero of the century, who emphatically insisted that events in Europe did not concern this country.
 
Tue
15
Nov

Mentor Moment: Meet Pirate Pal Gracie Quave

By Sally Andrews 

Gracie Quave chose to be a Pirate Pal, mentoring a fourth grader at Pine Forest Elementary, because she hopes to help a child succeed. She says, “I believe we have a responsibility to give back, and the best way to do that is by volunteering.” She goes on to say that, “This program only asks for thirty minutes a week. Statistics tell us that a child’s ability is impaired in learning in other subjects if their reading is impaired, so I consider this a worthwhile investment of my time.”

 

Wed
09
Nov

A young Johnny Reb’s letters home

By Bartee Haile

Wed
09
Nov

States, lawmakers file briefs in support of Texas’ voter ID law

By Ed Sterling

Thu
03
Nov

Officials urge state’s high court not to expand same-sex marriage ruling

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last week filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Texas Supreme Court over issues they say were not addressed in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case declaring same-sex marriage a fundamental right. The three officials asked the Texas Supreme Court to accept their view that Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2015 decision recognizing a right to same-sex marriage “does not resolve all constitutional issues relating same-sex marriage.”     

 

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