Columns/Opinions

Thu
23
Aug

Famous Ranger gets into big trouble in Brownsville

By Bartee Haile

 

A Congressman, the political boss of the Rio Grande Valley and the mayor of Brownsville all told Capt. Bill McDonald of the Texas Rangers on Aug. 24, 1906 that he had made a big mistake by arresting military personnel on federal property. After losing his father to a Yankee sniper and the family plantation to carpetbaggers, the young Mississippian and his mother took refuge with relatives in East Texas. Handicapped by a poor education, a lack of wage-earning skills and a giant chip on his shoulder, the newcomer faced a bleak future. Then in 1876 Bill McDonald fearlessly disarmed and dragged to jail a drunken bully, who was the terror of Mineola. Grateful citizens rewarded the young hero with a job as deputy sheriff and a career in law enforcement.

 

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Thu
16
Aug

TEA releases preliminary financial accountability ratings

By Ed Starling

AUSTIN — Some 80 percent of public school districts and charters earned the highest-possible preliminary financial accountability rating, according to figures released by the Texas Education Agency on Aug. 8.

The "superior" ratings were calculated using 15 financial indicators, such as administrative cost expenditures, the accuracy of a district or charter’s financial information submitted to TEA and any financial vulnerabilities or material weaknesses in internal controls, as determined by an external auditor.

 

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Thu
16
Aug

Promoters lure land-hungry settlers to Panhandle

By Bartee Haile

The Texas legislature created four and a half dozen counties in the Panhandle and South Plains on Aug. 21, 1876, but it took more than drawing lines on a map to populate the last frontier in the Lone Star State.

The region was still cattle country well into the 1890’s with only a scattering of villages like Clarendon and Tascosa. But the coming of the railroad, improvements in agriculture and a steep drop in beef prices, that made the ranchers’ range more valuable as farmland, set the stage for a turn-of-the-century land boom.

 

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Thu
09
Aug

Harvey-affected campuses receive special evaluations

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Some 109 independent school districts and charters directly affected by Hurricane Harvey are eligible for special evaluation in this year’s state accountability system, the Texas Education Agency announced Aug. 1.

Based on data reported to the agency during the past school year, the affected districts and charters encompass some 1,188 eligible campuses.

 

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Thu
09
Aug

Hero packed lifetime of adventure into 27 years

By Bartee Haile

While Texans mourned the Aug. 14, 1840 passing of Henry Wax Karnes, none could deny that the red-headed Tennessean had squeezed a lifetime of adventure into his 27 years.

Arriving just in time to join the fight for Lone Star independence, Karnes served with daring and distinction as a scout and cavalry captain. Usually in the company of Deaf Smith, he flirted with death by slipping behind enemy lines to gather intelligence essential to the rebels’ ultimate success.

 

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Thu
02
Aug

A deal that must not be broken

By Bob Jackson

Medicare is 53 years old this month. The Congress elected during this year’s midterm elections will likely determine what Medicare’s future is, including whether it will continue meeting the promise made to those who have paid into the system over the years.

That’s why it is in the best interest of every American voter to find out whether their member of Congress will work to improve Medicare on behalf of beneficiaries or cut Medicare and pass the costs on to the rest of us. With this in mind, we need to show up at the polls and vote.

 

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Thu
02
Aug

Select panel considers approaches to mass shooting prevention

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — A special interim committee of state lawmakers met July 24 at the Texas Capitol to further explore what can be done to prevent mass shootings like the one that resulted in 10 deaths and 10 injuries in May at Santa Fe High School.

Testimony before a hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools & School Security centered on “red flag” laws, in which a law enforcement entity or family member could petition a judge who may then order that a potentially dangerous person temporarily be prohibited from purchasing or otherwise acquiring or possessing a firearm.

 

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Thu
26
Jul

What’s happening in around Texas this month

By Sen. Robert Nichols, Senate District 3

 

Did you know in July of 1832, a band of settlers in Nacogdoches attacked the town's Mexican garrison and took back the town in answer to an order requiring Texans to surrender their weapons? While not well known, the Battle of Nacogdoches, not only freed East Texas from Mexican military rule, but also served as the starting point of the Texas Revolution and led to our state becoming what it is today. Here are five things happening around your state this month:

 

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Thu
26
Jul

No Texas senator served longer than Sheppard

By Bartee Haile

A century ago this week on Jul. 27, 1918, Texas Democrats had one and only one choice for United States Senator – the incumbent, Morris Sheppard. Joseph Weldon Bailey ended the suspense in the summer of 1911 by declaring he would not seek another six years in the Senate. }

 

Compromised by corrupt connections with corporate cronies, the shining star of Lone Star politics had forever lost his luster. The anticlimactic announcement started a yearlong calf scramble for the open seat. Of the four who filed, only two rated as serious contenders: Jacob Wolters, spokesman for the “wet” side in the rancorous debate over booze, and Congressman Morris Sheppard, undisputed champion of the “dry’ cause.

 

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Thu
19
Jul

Governor welcomes establishment of Futures Command in Austin

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — The U.S. Army on July 12 announced its new Futures Command would be headquartered in Austin “to better partner with academia, industry and innovators in the private sector, while providing a good and affordable quality of life for Futures Command personnel.”

After the announcement, Gov. Greg Abbott said the state of Texas “is proud to partner with the U.S. Army in establishing the Futures Command to harness the cutting-edge technologies needed to build an innovative, research-based foundation for our national defense."

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