Columns/Opinions

Thu
03
Sep

Flophouse fire Texas’ deadliest hotel blaze

By Bartee Haile
 
Minutes after midnight on Sep. 7, 1943, a fire broke out in a fleabag hotel a couple of blocks  from the bus station in downtown Houston. The Gulf Hotel was a residence of last resort for the old, the infirm and the able-bodied who had come to Houston to look for work during the Second World War.
 
Thu
03
Sep

Attorney General Paxton pleads not guilty to charges

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Aug. 27 entered a plea of not guilty on felony charges of securities fraud at his arraignment in Fort  Worth. Tarrant County 396th State District Court Judge George Gallagher gave Paxton until Sept. 30 to answer to the charges.
 
Tue
01
Sep

Unity celebrates annual World Day of Prayer

Thousands of people will join Silent Unity®—a global, transdenominational 24/7 prayer ministry and Unity churches and centers around the world on September 10, 2015, for the 22nd annual Unity World Day of Prayer. The theme of the 24-hour prayer event is “Pray Up Your Life, Pray Up the World.” This year’s affirmation is “As I pray, I connect my highest thoughts with my deepest faith.”

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Thu
27
Aug

Donald Trump shakes up politics

Love him or hate him, Trump stirs up interest Right now, this op-ed space — cartoons and columnists —could be filled every day with a   single subject — Donald Trump.Don’t worry, it’s not about to  happen as every effort is made  to present varied commentary, philosophically and subjectwise. However, every pundit, political and otherwise, seems to have an opinion on the real estate tycoon and reality TV star who at this moment is leading the race for the Republican presidential nomination. 

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Thu
27
Aug

Energy agency chief rails against federal plan

AUSTIN — Texas Railroad Commission Chair DavidPorter on Aug. 19 spoke against  merica’s Clean Power Plan, a regulatory framework rolled out  by the White House on Aug. 3. Texas is one of at least a dozen states lining up in opposition. Porter called the plan “another blatant attack on the oil and gas industry that will further impede America’s energy security,  kill jobs and put even more stress on our national and state economies.” Porter was elected chair of the three-member commission that oversees the energy industry regulating state agency in June 2014.  

Thu
20
Aug

University president says Davis statue to be moved

AUSTIN — A bronze statue of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, will be moved from the Main Mall of the University of Texas at Austin campus to UT’s Center for American History for interior display, in accordance with a decision made last week by UT President Gregory Fenves. Fenves said he appointed a task force in June, shortly after he became president, “to identify options for the statues along the Main Mall that have  long been a source of discussion, debate and more recently, controversy.” The task  orce reported its findings to Fenves on Aug. 10.
Thu
20
Aug

Whom to blame for Hillary’s trust issues?

Hillary Clinton said on NBC’s “Today” show in 1998 that a “vast right-wing conspiracy” had been plotting against her husband, Bill Clinton, “since the day he announced for president.” Seventeen years later, it appears the former first lady, former New York senator and former secretary of state believes  the same right-wing meanies are conspiring to deny her the presidency.  

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Thu
13
Aug

Polio survivor starred in big-screen musicals

By Bartee Haile
During a tour of Europe with a ballet company, 17 year old Tula Ellice Finklea of Amarillo married her instructor Nico Charisse, 32, in Paris on Aug. 12, 1939. If the name on her birth certificate fails to ring a bell, how about Cyd Charisse, the beautiful brunette who danced her way to stardom in the classic Hollywood musicals of the 1940’s and 1950’s? She had gone by “Sid” since childhood because that was how her baby brother mispronounced “Sis” and probably because anything was better than Tula.
Thu
13
Aug

Fifth Circuit delivers opinion concerning voter ID law

AUSTIN — Even if the Texas Legislature did not intentionally pass a voter identification law that illegally discriminates against voters who are black, Hispanic or poor, the practical effect of the law is discriminatory and in violation of the federal Voting Rights Act. A 49-page opinion of a three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals was released on Aug. 5. The panel ordered that much of the case be remanded to a federal district court in Texas for further consideration.

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Tue
11
Aug

Texas launches toll-free number to help older Texans and people with disabilities

AUSTIN, Texas —The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) has launched a toll-free number to help qualifying Texans connect with long-term care services.
 

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