Columns/Opinions

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.
 
Tue
22
Nov

Manufacturing jobs decline, government jobs expand

The economic recovery since the Great Recession of 2007-09 has generally been pretty meager.
 
Thu
17
Nov

Trump victory turns eyes to possible cabinet nominees

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — Republican Donald J. Trump, on his way to winning the presidential election on Nov. 8, won the vote in Texas with 4,651,955 votes, or 52.39 percent of the 8,878,152 votes cast.
 
Some 2,842,553 votes, or 43 percent, were cast by Texans for former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, in the race for the White House.
 
Thu
17
Nov

Texan’s Nazi warning fell on deaf ears

By Bartee Haile
 
Globe-trotting newspaper reporter Hubert Renfro Knickerbocker spoke at Southern Methodist University in Dallas on Nov. 20, 1941, but as usual his pro-war message fell on deaf and hostile ears.
 
For years the award-winning journalist had implored the public to take a hard second look at Adolph Hitler and the threat fascism posed to democracy around the world. But he was drowned out by the greatest American hero of the century, who emphatically insisted that events in Europe did not concern this country.
 

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