Columns/Opinions

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
 
Thu
21
Jul

Cowardice cripples Yankee raid on Galveston

By Bartee Haile
 
Thu
14
Jul

Governor reacts to downtown Dallas ambush

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — A “Black Lives Matter” protest turned tragic when a sniper fired into a crowd estimated at 1,000 people in downtown Dallas at about 9 p.m. on July 7. Dozens of shots were fired, reportedly from an assault rifle, leaving five police officers dead and seven police officers and two civilians wounded. Police pursued a suspect identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, a former U.S. Army reservist, and killed him in a parking garage using a robot-propelled explosive device early on July 8.
 
Thu
14
Jul

Texans bring home the gold from Helsinki Olympics

By Bartee Haile
 
With the Summer Games in Rio less than a month away, let’s take a look back at the XV Olympics that began in Helsinki, Finland on Jul. 19, 1952 and featured gold-medal performances from six different Texans. In the high jump held on opening day, Walter “Buddy” Davis of Texas A&M was the favorite despite his inexperience.
 
Thu
07
Jul

Accident prone pilot survived two dozen crashes

By Bartee Haile

 

At funeral services in Mission on Jul. 8, 1956, friends and family of “Slats” Rodgers paid their last respects to the accident prone pioneer aviator while marveling at the fact he died in bed of natural causes. Texas’ first licensed pilot was born Floyd H. Rodgers in rural Georgia in 1889. His thin-as-a-rail appearance inspired someone to call him “Slats,” a nickname that stuck for the rest of life.  

 

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