Columns/Opinions

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05
Jan

Patrick applauds action preserving North Carolina’s ‘bathroom bill’

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has applauded the North Carolina legislature’s refusal to repeal a law banning individuals from using public bathrooms designated for the opposite sex.

 

Patrick, who has made the passage of similar legislation in Texas one of his priorities, said in a Dec. 22 statement: “Legislation like this is essential to protect the safety and privacy of women and girls, and is simple common sense and common decency.

 

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Thu
29
Dec

Attorney General intervenes in ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ lawsuit

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Dec. 15 intervened in a lawsuit filed on behalf of nurse’s aide Dedra Shannon against the Killeen Independent School District over its decision to take down Shannon’s Christmas decoration. According to a news release by Paxton’s office, the principal of KISD’s Patterson Middle School ordered Shannon to take down a handmade decoration that depicted a scene from the 1965 animated feature, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” In the scene, the character Linus is asked by Charlie Brown whether there is “anyone who knows what Christmas is all about.” Shannon’s decoration quoted part of Linus’s response: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord … That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown."
 
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.

 

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