Columns/Opinions

Thu
03
Nov

Horns let championship slip thru their hooves

By Bartee Haile

 

The University of Texas lived up to its lofty billing as the best college team in the land on Nov. 2, 1941 by crushing SMU 34-0 for the sixth straight victory of the season. Dana X. Bible’s Longhorns looked invincible even to near-sighted sportswriters back east, who always tried to ignore the superior brand of football played in the Southwest Conference.   

 

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Thu
27
Oct

Secret plan to save south hinged on Texas

By Bartee Haile

 

An obscure Confederate major with a famous last name presented a secret proposal to the governor of Texas on Oct. 27, 1863. Next came the hard part -- convincing Francis Lubbock that he alone could save the South. Summer setbacks had dealt a mortal blow to Confederate chances of a military victory. After the Battle of Gettysburg, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Virginia was in full retreat, and on the western front the fall of Vicksburg had split the South at the Mississippi.  

 

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Thu
27
Oct

Judge reaffirms, expands reach of injunction against bathroom directive

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — Fort Worth-based U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor has reaffirmed his Aug. 21 injunction placing a temporary hold on federal guidelines for accommodating transgender students in the use of public school bathrooms and locker rooms. In his order last week, O’Connor also denied a request by the Obama administration to limit the injunction to Texas and 12 other states that signed on as plaintiffs.

 

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Thu
20
Oct

Desperate woman risks it all at the Falls

By Bartee Haile
 
Thu
20
Oct

Abbott, Patrick, Straus call for action by Child Protective Services

By Ed Sterling
 
Thu
13
Oct

Promoter turns tiny college into pigskin power

By Bartee Haile
 
Thu
13
Oct

Invasion is ‘staggering in its breadth’

News this week that Yahoo secretly monitored hundreds of millions of user emails at the behest of federal intelligence agencies triggered condemnation and outrage from privacy advocates and civil liberties groups — and rightfully so. But the biggest surprise to come out this budding scandal is that anybody would be surprised.
 
Thu
06
Oct

State opts out of federal refugee resettlement program

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — Texas has acted on its threat to withdraw from the federal refugee resettlement program, Gov. Greg Abbott said on Sept. 30. Texas had demanded enhanced FBI screening of individuals “from terroristbased nations” and expressed resistance to the federal government’s request that the Lone Star State increase by 25 percent the number of refugees to be resettled. An estimated 7,000 refugees have taken up residence in Texas in the past year. 

 

 

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Thu
06
Oct

Normal colleges where Texans learned to teach

By Bartee Haile

 

Oct. 10, 1879 was the first day of classes at Sam Houston Normal Institute, Texas’ third tax-supported college and the first devoted to training teachers. With the end of the post-Civil War occupation and the restoration of popular rule in 1874, Texans finally turned their attention to the long neglected issue of education. Gov. Richard Coke cited the lack of “a sufficient number of educated and trained teachers,” a void the handful of small private institutions of higher learning could not be expected to fill.  

 

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Thu
29
Sep

Surgeon’s son chooses acting over medicine

By Bartee Haile

 

The life and career of actor Zachary Scott, handsome star of stage and screen, were cut short by cancer on Oct. 3, 1965. Zachary Thomson Scott, Jr. was born in Austin in 1914. The son of a surgeon was expected to follow in his father’s footsteps but never showed the slightest interest in medicine. He was drawn instead to drama and began appearing in plays while still in high school.  

 

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