Columns/Opinions

Thu
19
Nov

5th Circuit rules immigration policy unconstitutional

By Ed Sterling
 
Thu
19
Nov

GOP candidates agree on need to lower taxes

The third Republican presidential debate was more placid than the first two, even as candidates traded numerous barbs.
Thu
12
Nov

Governor conditions issuance of state grants on compliance with ICE

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas sheriffs won’t receive grant funds from his Criminal Justice Division unless they comply with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement notification and detention requests. 

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Thu
12
Nov

Obamacare: Open season for fraud

As if the Affordable Care Act’s massive increase in government intervention in the U.S. health care system was not enough of a problem, it appears that the system practically invites waste, fraud and abuse, according to a series of government oversight reports. In the latest report, the U.S. 

 

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Thu
05
Nov

Houston turns backwater bayou into ship channel

By Bartee Haile

More dignitaries than anyone in attendance could shake a stick at gathered on Nov. 10, 1914 for the gala grand opening of the Port of Houston and Ship Channel. Today the 25-mile-long waterway and the inland harbor it serves are taken for granted, as if both were somehow always there and not man-made marvels.

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Thu
05
Nov

Governor rails against Dallas sheriff’s detention policy

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 26 wrote to Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, saying her “case-by-case immigrant detention plan will no longer be tolerated in Texas.” Under the sheriff’s current policy, an undocumented person who committed minor offenses is not held past their release date an extra 48 hours for federal immigration authorities.

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Thu
29
Oct

Ghost stories from Jefferson for Halloween

By Bartee Haile
 
Fourteen of the 40 or so short chapters and vignettes come from Jefferson, the old riverport turned tourist magnet a short distance from the Louisiana line in the northeastern corner of Texas. That stands to reason since the town first made famous by the 1870’s “Diamond Bessie” murder case (the subject of the opening chapter in my book Murder Most Texan) is where the author has lived in recent years.
 
Thu
29
Oct

State says funding to Planned Parenthood will be cut

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — The state Health and Human Services Commission notified Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas on Oct. 19 that state funding they have been receiving through the Medicaid program would be cut.
 
Thu
22
Oct

Making campuses gun-free zones threatens lives, liberties

In the wake of the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 707, authored by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, which prohibits those licensed to carry a concealed weapon from bringing their firearms onto college campuses. As a result, students are now less safe than they were before.

 

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Thu
22
Oct

Revenue estimate reflects slowdown in energy sector

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Oct. 14 announced the release of his office’s Certification Revenue Estimate.

 

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