Columns/Opinions

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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Thu
29
Sep

State of Texas may withdraw from federal resettlement program

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — Texas officials said the state will withdraw from the federal refugee resettlement program if the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement does not approve the Lone Star State’s refugee plan by Sept. 30. In a Sept. 21 letter to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, State Refugee Coordinator Kara Crawford gave official notice of Texas’ intention to withdraw from the program.

 

Thu
22
Sep

Defense secretary promotes new hub to partner with tech startups

By Ed Sterling
 
Thu
22
Sep

Santa Fe pioneers tricked into surrendering

By Bartee Haile
 
Just as the Mexican officer repeated his request on Sep. 24, 1841 that the 97 Texans lay down their guns, a missing comrade mysteriously appeared and insisted the wild goose chase into New Mexico was not worth the loss of a single life. The blood had hardly dried on the battlefield at San Jacinto, when the new Republic declared the Rio Grande to be its western boundary.   
 

 

Thu
15
Sep

Paxton says subpoena violated First Amendment

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sept. 9 announced he had filed a friend-of-the-court brief “in defense of the First Amendment.” The brief, he said, explains that Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Tracy Healey “exceeded her constitutional authority by attempting to shut down a viewpoint on an issue of scientific debate — climate change.”
 
 

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