Columns/Opinions

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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Thu
19
Jan

Texas Legislature convenes in 85th regular session

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — Lawmakers gathered at the state Capitol in their respective houses on Jan. 10, opening day for the 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature. The 140-day session will conclude on May 29.

 

After taking the oath of office and being sworn in, the Texas House of Representatives, on a vote of 150-0, unanimously reelected Rep. Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, to a fifth term as speaker of the House, tying a record for the most terms as speaker. Meanwhile, after being sworn in, the Texas Senate voted unanimously in favor of Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, as speaker pro tempore.

 

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Thu
12
Jan

Legislation proposes to regulate access to restrooms, locker rooms

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — Texas now has a “bathroom bill.” The Lone Star State has joined Alabama, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington as states where legislation has been filed in an effort to restrict access to restrooms, locker rooms and other sex-segregated facilities on the basis of sex or gender. On Jan. 5, Texas Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, filed Senate Bill 6, titled the Texas Privacy Act. The legislation, she said, would address “the personal privacy concerns of many Texans.”

 

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Thu
12
Jan

Gov. Neff put two towns under martial law

By Bartee Haile

 

On Jan. 13, 1903, the day he began his third term in the Texas House of Representatives, Pat Neff was elected Speaker making him at age 31 the youngest in the history of the Lone Star legislature. Two years later, the rising star caught everybody by surprise with the announcement that he would not seek another term. The burned-out politician went home to Waco and back to his original calling, the practice of law.

 

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Thu
05
Jan

Texas admiral warned FDR about Pearl Harbor

By Bartee Haile

 

Admiral James Otto Richardson met with Franklin Delano Roosevelt on Jan. 5, 1941 and for the second time in three months tried to convince the President that the Pacific Fleet was a sitting duck at Pearl Harbor.

 

Joe Richardson was born in Paris in 1879, and that northeast Texas town was where he grew up and attended public school. A brilliant student, he was singled out by his congressman for a hard-to-come- by appointment to the United States Naval Academy.

 

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Thu
05
Jan

Patrick applauds action preserving North Carolina’s ‘bathroom bill’

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has applauded the North Carolina legislature’s refusal to repeal a law banning individuals from using public bathrooms designated for the opposite sex.

 

Patrick, who has made the passage of similar legislation in Texas one of his priorities, said in a Dec. 22 statement: “Legislation like this is essential to protect the safety and privacy of women and girls, and is simple common sense and common decency.

 

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Thu
29
Dec

Attorney General intervenes in ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ lawsuit

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Dec. 15 intervened in a lawsuit filed on behalf of nurse’s aide Dedra Shannon against the Killeen Independent School District over its decision to take down Shannon’s Christmas decoration. According to a news release by Paxton’s office, the principal of KISD’s Patterson Middle School ordered Shannon to take down a handmade decoration that depicted a scene from the 1965 animated feature, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” In the scene, the character Linus is asked by Charlie Brown whether there is “anyone who knows what Christmas is all about.” Shannon’s decoration quoted part of Linus’s response: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord … That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown."
 
Thu
29
Dec

Doc Holliday’s first stop was Dallas

By Bartee Haile
 
Doc Holliday rang in the New Year in Dallas on Jan. 1, 1875 by shooting a fellow gambler. With a powerful planter and war hero for a father, John Henry Holliday had a lot to live up to. Not only was Major Holliday top dog in the county, he had also commanded Fannin’s Avengers, a company of Georgia volunteers, in the Mexican War.
 
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