Columns/Opinions

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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Thu
22
Dec

Abbott reacts to Trump’s choice of Perry as energy secretary

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Rick Perry as the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy prompted this reaction by Gov. Greg Abbott: “Under Rick Perry’s leadership in Texas,” Abbott said, “the Lone Star State experienced unprecedented growth in the energy sector, which in turn created hundreds of thousands of jobs for Texans. Rick Perry was instrumental in creating a more favorable regulatory environment for the energy industry in Texas, and I have no doubt that he will bring that same expertise to his new post. The State of Texas looks forward to working with him to help advance America’s energy sector to create a more robust economy and greater opportunity for all Americans.”
 
 
Thu
22
Dec

Cattle king came back from the dead

By Bartee Haile
 
A Confederate general took one look at the badly wounded captain on Dec. 26, 1863, decided George Littlefield was a goner and rewarded him with a battlefield promotion to a major. The Littlefields had lived in Gonzales County less than two years, when the head of the house suddenly up and died. Cut off from her kin in Mississippi, Mildred Littlefield found a way to raise and educate four children while running a successful business. To her oldest son, the iron-willed woman would always serve.
 
 
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Thu
15
Dec

Young Texan picks wrong hero to worship

By Bartee Haile

 

Billy the Kid rode into Fort Sumner, New Mexico with five fellow fugitives on the night of Dec. 19, 1880, but sensing danger in the darkness, the most wanted outlaw in the Southwest pulled up leaving a young Texan in the lead.

 

If his parents had not perished in a smallpox epidemic soon after emigrating from Ireland, life might have been very different for Tom O’Folliard. Relatives in Uvalde, Texas took pity on the orphan and tried hard to mold him into a law-abiding adult. But he was immune to their strict teachings and ran off right after his twentieth birthday.

 

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Thu
15
Dec

Governor Abbott nominates Racing Commission chair as secretary of state

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Rolando Pablos of El Paso to succeed Secretary of State Carlos Cascos, effective Jan. 5.

 

Pablos has served as chair of the Texas Racing Commission, the state agency that regulates pari-mutuel racing, since December 2015. Because Abbott nominated Pablos during a legislative interim, the Texas Constitution requires the Senate to conduct a confirmation hearing and vote on the appointment during the first 10 days of the next session of the Legislature. The 85th Regular Session of the Legislature is scheduled to convene on Jan. 10. Confirmation would make Pablos Texas’ 111th secretary of state.

 

Thu
08
Dec

Former Rebel general returns Grant’s favor

By Bartee Haile
 
Thu
08
Dec

Board sets state funding limit for next 2-year budget

By Ed Sterling
 
Thu
01
Dec

The common good, a divided nation we face in election

There was a moment during President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address that spoke volumes about the state of our government. The president said he would like to work with Congress, but he made it clear he was not about to let mere legislators impede his policy ambitions. “So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I'm going to do,” he said. You might have expected members of Congress to rise up en masse to protest this usurpation of their authority. But Democrats in the House chamber gave that line a standing ovation, cheering Obama’s plan to make their branch of government, and them, as irrelevant as he possibly could.

 

Thu
01
Dec

Texas African American History Memorial unveiled at Capitol

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — A crowd of citizens and dignitaries gathered on the south lawn of the state Capitol on Nov. 19 to witness the unveiling of the Texas African American History Memorial. The 32-foot-wide, 27-foot-tall bronze monument by sculptor Ed Dwight features images of African-Americans in Texas from modern times going back nearly 500 years.

 

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Tue
22
Nov

3 states seek clarity on federal transgender guidelines

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — Attorneys General Ken Paxton of Texas, Patrick Morrissey of West Virginia and Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma are seeking clarification of the federal government’s guidelines regarding bathroom access and other issues involving transgender students.
 

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