Columns/Opinions

Thu
02
Apr

Time to be aware of two-wheelers

You’ll begin to see more and more motorcycles and bicycles on the roads and highways as the weather warms. Some sort of public safety announcement should be made this time of year to alert drivers to be aware of their counterparts. We shouldn’t perceive two-wheelers to be menacing travelers. They are entitled to drive on the roads if they are licensed to do so.

 

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Tue
31
Mar

Senior Beach Blanket Bingo set for May 5

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Family and Consumer Science Agent Fallon Foster along with the Committee on Aging would like to invite the Senior Citizens to our 46thAnnual Senior Citizens Rally Day

 

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Thu
26
Mar

House passes human trafficking, border security bills

AUSTIN — Bills to address the illegal importation and exploitation of persons and to protect the state’s border with Mexico moved through the Texas House l

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Thu
26
Mar

Free thought is flagging in academia

Despite near-universal backlash over a proposal by six members of UC Irvine’s student legislature to remove the American flag from student government offices, there seems to be at least one group that agrees that the American flag is a cultural artifact of oppression: their professors. In a petition circulating online, which carries nearly 2,000 signatures, including numerous professors and graduate students, the text starts out simply enough, calling on the college to “respect their political position and meet its obligation to protect and promote their safety.” 

 

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Tue
24
Mar

Letter to the Editor

To The Editor:
This is a statement and promise to the area served by our Post 8246, Vidor, Texas.
Thu
19
Mar

Lawmakers seek to control elements of state spending

AUSTIN — Debates over the Texas House and Senate versions of the state budget lie ahead, and movement toward setting budget controls to blend into a final, agreed-upon budget for 2016-2017 emerged in low-numbered bills filed last week. SB 20 by Senate Finance Chair Jane Nelson, R-Grapevine, would strengthen state agency contract reporting requirements, require agency heads to sign off on contracts worth more than $1 million and require agencies to post a list of all contracts on their state website, according to a report posted by the Senate’s in-house news service. “These contracts are paid for with taxpayer dollars,” Nelson said. “We must ensure that they are awarded with the highest degree of ethics and transparency.” Nelson said her committee would vote on SB 20 this week.

Thu
19
Mar

Freedom of Information benefits us all

Monday is National Freedom of Information Day, the unofficial U.S. holiday devoted to spreading the word about your right to get information from the federal government. How ironic that this year, the headlines ring with news about access to Hillary Clinton’s emails when she was secretary of state. Before you dismiss the reports as nothing more than politics as usual, think more about the importance of openness in government.

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Thu
12
Mar

Senate bills set stage for tax, debt relief

AUSTIN — A trio of powerful state senators, along with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, on March 5 jointly announced the filing of legislation they coauthored to cut taxes and pay off state debt. Patrick, who presides over the 31-member Senate, Senate Finance Chair Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound; Senate Business & Commerce Chair Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler; and Senate Finance Vice Chair Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, each delivered brief statements.

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Thu
12
Mar

Can Walker go from Wisconsin to White House?

In a Quinnipiac poll released Thursday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was the leading choice of Republican voters to be their 2016 presidential nominee. That is quite the surge for Gov. Walker, who was buoyed, no doubt, by his recent boffo appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The Wisconsin governor and as-yet undeclared presidential candidate is perhaps bestknown for taking on the Badger State’s powerful public employee unions in 2011. That garnered national attention for drawing more than 100,000 protesters to the state Capitol in Madison.

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Thu
05
Mar

Netanyahu knows he can’t trust Iran

Today marks the third occasion that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress. But unlike his uncontroversial appearances in 2011 and 1996, Mr. Netanyahu’s speech today has fomented much sound and fury in the nation’s Capital. Israel’s leader accepted an invitation from House Speaker John Boehner to convey to lawmakers his nation’s grave concern that the Obama administration will strike a long-term nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran, which, Mr. Netanyahu fears, “could threaten the survival of Israel.”

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