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Thu
13
Jul

Let’s help students achieve their dreams, and keep them paying

College students or graduates, or their parents, might find a poll released last week interesting. We certainly did. LendEDU, a group that tracks the student loan industry,

 

found Millennials — generally, adults 35 and under — believe by a 70- 30 margin that student loan debt is a bigger threat to the U.S. than North Korea.

 

 

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Thu
06
Jul

Houston bounces back from lone electoral loss

By Bartee Haile

 

Two years after fellow Texans spurned him in the only ballot-box loss of his career, Sam Houston gave his first and last speech in a comeback campaign for governor on Jul. 9, 1859. As one of just two southern senators that opposed repeal of the Missouri Compromise and extension of slavery to the western territories,

 

Houston paid dearly for his 1854 vote against the Kansas-Nebraska Bill. That lonely stand ultimately cost Old Sam his seat in the United States Senate as well as the 1857 gubernatorial election.

 

 

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Thu
06
Jul

Trump must understand that Twitter is not a nuclear deterrent

North Korea has now demonstrated its ability to reach parts of the United States with an intercontinental ballistic missile, and the most powerful response President Donald Trump could muster was a tweet. North Korea's mercurial 33-year-old leader, Kim Jong-un, has escalated the nuclear threat to alarming proportions.

The stakes are too high for Trump to trivialize it with a Twitter takedown. An already nervous world has even more reason to be worried when America's president responds with: "North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? Hard to believe that South Korea ... and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!"

 

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Thu
29
Jun

Happy 10th Birthday, iPhone

By Scott Rasmussen

Societal changes take place so slowly that we rarely see them unfold on a day-to-day basis. Our culture and lifestyles adapt so quickly to new technology that we soon can't remember life without the latest innovation. But when we look back over any significant period of time, the scale of change is truly breathtaking.

Today, smartphones are such a part of the culture that it's hard to believe they've only been around for a decade. But the smartphone era began just 10 years ago with the June 29, 2007 release of the iPhone. Time magazine hailed it as the 2007 Invention of the Year and more than a billion iPhones have been sold since that time.

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Thu
29
Jun

First Gulf storm of season elbows Texas

By Ed Starling

AUSTIN — State emergency responders geared up for the first time this hurricane season in response to Tropical Storm Cindy, which came ashore just east of the Texas- Louisiana border on June 22.

Two deaths were attributed to the storm — one of them an elderly man found in a sand-mired pickup truck on Texas’ Bolivar Peninsula.

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Thu
22
Jun

As war tensions escalate, Congress must assert authority

As the Trump administration considers more troops for Afghanistan and greater involvement in the Syrian civil war, Congress can no longer afford to stand idly while its war powers authority is usurped and eroded by the executive branch.

 

President Donald Trump inherited counterterrorism wars on multiple fronts from his predecessor, Barack Obama, who inherited them from his predecessor, George W. Bush. All sent American forces into battle based on the authority Congress granted after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. At the time, al-Qaida was exploiting a power vacuum in Afghanistan to operate training camps and plan the 9/11 attacks. Massive U.S. military deployments in Iraq and Syria were not on lawmakers' minds.

 

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Thu
22
Jun

Mayor defends Galveston on eve of crackdown

By Bartee Haile 

 

Testifying in front of a legislative committee on Jun. 25, 1951, the mayor of Texas’ “sin city” defended his muchmaligned constituents with the curious logic, “The people of Galveston ought to be commended for not being hypocrites!”

 

The island was wideopen decades before Sam and Rose Maceo appeared on the scene just before World War I. Barbers by trade, the ambitious brothers soon discovered there was a killing to be made in bootlegging. During the Great Depression, the Maceos branched out into bigtime gambling and ruthlessly eliminated the competition. None of the slayings was ever traced back to the genial gangsters with one notable exception.

 

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Thu
15
Jun

Trump is not Hitler

Donald Trump is a lot of things, but he's not Adolf Hitler. While perusing social media for news tips on a daily basis, we see a lot of nonsensical things. Many of them are political in nature. Most recently, photos of Adolf Hitler beside President Trump have caught our attention.

 

"Fascism has come to America!" one meme proclaims. "Heil Trump!" blasts another one, referencing the Nazi salute "Heil Hitler!" Let's get one thing straight. Trump is our legitimately elected president. He is a family man and a successful global business leader. He isn't a homicidal maniac. To make such ludicrous comparisons is not only an insult to our nation's highest office, but to the millions who died under Hitler's tyrannical reign

 

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Thu
15
Jun

Ralph Guldahl’s short but sweet golf career

By Bartee Haile

 

Sam Snead was determined to beat the Texan, who only the week before had embarrassed him at the U.S. Open, in the final round of the Western Open on Jun.14, 1937. Ralph Guldahl was born in Big D in 1911, a year before two legendary lions of the links -- Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson -- also drew their first breath in the Lone Star State. By age 11, the son of Norwegian immigrants was caddying at Lakewood Country Club, and in 1927 he captained the Woodrow Wilson High School golf team to the state title.

 

As the wheels began coming off the national economy in 1930, Guldahl elected to earn his living by playing the game he loved. The raw rookie showed a flash of his precocious potential becoming the youngest qualifier for the U.S. Open.

 

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Thu
08
Jun

Abusers of freedom behead free speech

We live in a complex, exciting and dangerous time when social media and 24-hour entertainment networks give everyone an open microphone. The potential benefits and pitfalls loom large. Free speech has never been put to a greater test. The most recent example of open mic derangement syndrome comes courtesy of comedienne Kathy Griffin. It is the latest episode of an American exercising freedom without self-restraint, hoping a groveling apology will undo all harm. Griffin said:

 

"I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong." She apologized for creating and distributing a disgusting depiction of the decapitated and bloodied head of President Donald Trump. CNN fired her, and rightly so.

 

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