Columns/Opinions

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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Thu
15
Oct

Unions, Affirmative Action top high-court docket

It seems like just yesterday when the U.S. Supreme Court closed out its session in June with momentous decisions legalizing same-sex marriage in all states and again upholding Obamacare.

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Thu
15
Oct

BP settles with five states, federal government

AUSTIN — BP, one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, has settled with the federal government and the states of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida over claims related to the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

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Tue
13
Oct

Fisher issues political statement

By Karen Fisher
My name is Karen Fisher and I am a candidate for Orange County Tax Assessor. I am married  to Joe Fisher. We have eight children and fourteen grandchildren. I attend Friendship Bible Baptist Church in Vidor,and   have lived in Orange County for the past 42 years.
 
Thu
08
Oct

Do the Democrats have debate envy?

We know it seems way early, but people are talking presidential politics like it’s January 2016 rather than early fall 2015. Walk through a crowded room and it’s almost impossible not to hear the names Fiorina, Carson, Bush, Trump, Cruz or Walker waft by. And the latest Elon University poll of North Carolina voters finds billionaire developer Donald Trump neck and neck with surgeon Ben Carson while longtime politician and GOP heir apparent Jeb Bush runs a distant third in the state.

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Thu
08
Oct

Governor requests border help from Washington

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 30 wrote a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, requesting immediate action to address “the significant increase of illegal border crossings.” Nearly 10,000 immigrant families and unaccompanied children were detained after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in August, an increase of more than 50 percent over August 2014, Abbott said, quoting official reports.

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Thu
01
Oct

Lawmakers get input on jails, suicide prevention

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — The July 13, 2015, death of Sandra Bland, a woman arrested and jailed after a traffic stop in Waller County, has prompted meetings of Texas House and Senate committees. Bland, whose body was discovered in her jail cell three days after she was put in custody, was ruled a suicide. Charged by the lieutenant governor to conduct an interim study, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee met for more than four hours on Sept. 22. The panel listened to invited testimony and discussed jail safety and inmate suicide prevention in county jails.

Thu
01
Oct

Postal service, bleeding cash, should be privatized

The U.S. Postal Service has long been plagued by financial problems, and there is plenty of blame to go around. The Postal Service has not turned a profit since 2006, and has lost a total of $51.7 billion from 2007-14, according to a new Tax Foundation report. Things are not off to a good start this year, either, with the agency posting $2.8 billion in losses for the first two quarters of 2015.

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Tue
29
Sep

Lights, Camera, Action!

By Katelyn Vincent

Often times when attending a play we see the final product and the actors, but what did it take to get the production rolling? There is much preparation that we rarely see or hear of behind the scenes.
 
Thu
24
Sep

American Community Survey updates poverty statistics

AUSTIN — Texas’ poverty rate improved to 17.2 percent in 2014, according to U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey released Sept. 17. Embedded in that statistic is this: more than 4.5 million Texans — 1.7 million of whom are children — still live in poverty. In 2014, the poverty line for a family of three was about $19,000 per year.

 

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