Columns/Opinions

Thu
31
Mar

DPS chief reminds citizens to be vigilant

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Following news reports of coordinated, terroristic bomb attacks in Brussels, Belgium, on March 22, the Texas Department of Public Safety posted a reminder to Texans to remain vigilant and to report suspicious behaviors. DPS Director Steven McCraw said ordinary Texans “play a crucial role in helping law enforcement protect the public from groups and lone-wolf actors intent on harming others.”

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Thu
24
Mar

Littlefield gave UT more than the Texas Relays

By Bartee Haile

The first-ever Texas Relays, a co-creation of University of Texas track coach Clyde Littlefield and athletic director Theo Bellmont, were held in Austin on Mar. 27, 1925. In the history of college athletics, rarely have iconic stars returned to their alma mater to put their larger-than-life reputations on the line as coaches. An extraordinary exception to that rule was a do-it-all Yankee, who dedicated his life to sports at the University of Texas.

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Thu
24
Mar

Paxton seeks halt to regional haze rules

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on March 18 asked an appeals court to prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from implementing new regional haze regulations until a trial of the state’s pending lawsuit challenging the new rules.

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Thu
17
Mar

Gun-free zones foster preventable tragedies

Did you hear about the man who fired back at an attacker who had shot him and two of his friends at a New Orleans gas station in January, hitting the perpetrator and potentially saving his life and those of several others? Or the Uber driver who likewise shot and wounded a man who had opened fire on a crowd of people in Chicago last April?  

 

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Thu
17
Mar

Full 5th Circuit to hear Texas voter ID case

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — The entire U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will review Texas’ controversial voter identification law. A majority of the judges of the Fifth Circuit on March 9 voted in support of an “en banc” rehearing of oral arguments in Veasey v. Abbott, a case challenging the law. No date for the rehearing has been set. 

 

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Thu
10
Mar

Cruz, Clinton emerge as winners in Texas primaries

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — March 1 Super Tuesday election returns posted by the Texas Secretary of State’s Elections Division show 2.8 million (about 20 percent) of the state’s 14.2 million registered voters cast a ballot in the Republican Party Presidential Primary.  

 

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Thu
10
Mar

This is about the people

Donald Trump is not the biggest story of this election season. At the heart of this remarkable period in American politics are the angry and disgruntled Americans who provide the fuel for Trump. He, in turn, energizes his supporters, creating a sort of political feedback loop that shows no signs of diminishing.  

 

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Thu
03
Mar

Court dismisses indictment against former governor

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — Former Gov. Rick Perry is no longer facing criminal charges. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Feb. 24 ordered the dismissal of a 2014 felony indictment of Perry by a Travis County grand jury.
 
Thu
03
Mar

Stop saying Trump can’t win

It’s been a media mantra since Donald Trump began campaigning last summer: He can’t possibly become president. It’s time that everyone realized that yes, he can.
 
Thu
25
Feb

University president sets campus carry policies

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — University of Texas at Austin President Gregory L. Fenves has adopted policies to implement Senate Bill 11, the campus handgun carry law that goes into effect on Aug. 1. Fenves adopted 25 policy recommendations developed by the 19-member Campus Carry Working Group that he appointed in 2015.
 

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