Columns/Opinions

Thu
25
Aug

Texan diagnosed with Zika after returning from trip

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — A Texas resident who recently traveled to Miami, Florida, has tested positive for Zika virus disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported on Aug. 15. The traveler, an El Paso County resident, sought testing after becoming ill. This is the first Texas case to be linked to travel within the continental United States. The case will be classified as “travel-associated” and is being investigated for more details, the DSHS said.

 

Thu
18
Aug

Court relaxes Texas voter ID law in time for fall election

By Ed Sterling
 
Thu
18
Aug

Alamo movies often not worth ticket price

By Bartee Haile
 
Thu
11
Aug

Parties to campus-carry lawsuit to return to court

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — Three University of Texas professors are seeking a temporary injunction “to at least retain the option of maintaining their academic classrooms as gun-free zones when classes start again.” In a motion filed in connection with a federal lawsuit filed July 6, the professors are asking the court to bar enforcement of the law when the UT fall semester begins Aug. 24. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a brief in opposition. 
 
Thu
11
Aug

Texans elect closet klansman U.S. Senator

By Bartee Haile
 
On Aug. 16, 1922, prohibitionist Cullen F. Thomas, eliminated in the first round of voting for a seat in the United States Senate, endorsed front-runner Earle B. Mayfield, the Klan candidate, in the upcoming runoff. Alcoholism and Bright’s disease earned Charles A. Culberson the derisive nickname “the sick old man of the Senate.” Nevertheless, the four-term incumbent was determined to die on the job and announced he would stand for reelection in 1922. 
 
Thu
04
Aug

State rolls out revised women’s health program

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — A women's health program is in effect and ready to deliver more care to more women statewide who are 15 to 44 years old and whose income is up to 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines. Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Charles Smith, in a joint announcement on July 25, said they expect the “new and improved” Healthy Texas Women program to serve some 300,000 women, while earlier programs served 270,000 women. Participation for minors will require parental consent.  

 

Thu
04
Aug

Congress vs. Liberty

From ballooning national debt and spending on the Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid entitlement programs, to the thousands of regulations imposed each year on efforts to strip Americans' gun rights, to enhanced spying on American citizens through the National Security Agency and others, government continues to grow and become more intrusive in our lives. So where are the proliberty legislators trying to protect us from these depredations? 

 

Thu
28
Jul

Appellate court strikes down Texas voter ID law

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas’ voter photo identification law is racially discriminatory, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled July 20. In striking down the law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011, the Fifth Circuit said it disproportionately and negatively affects African- American and Hispanic citizens’ right to vote.  

 

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Thu
28
Jul

‘Hateful looks,’ threats and our police at risk

No one has captured in words the conflicts facing both black Americans and police officers more poignantly and authoritatively than Montrell Jackson. “In uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat,” Jackson wrote in a thoughtful and compelling post July 8 on Facebook.  

 

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Thu
21
Jul

Texas baby is born with Zika-related microcephaly

By Ed Sterling
 

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