Columns/Opinions

Thu
09
Jul

Don’t deny the dying a last hope

Federal and state laws governing prescription drugs are aimed at keeping people from taking medications that could harm them.
Thu
02
Jul

Officials react to decision on federal health care law

AUSTIN — Pursuant to a 6-3 decision by the United States Supreme Court on June 25, heath insurance policies will stay on course for Texans who secured coverage through a federally facilitated exchange under the U.S. Affordable Care Act. The high court, in ruling against the plaintiffs in the case King v. Burwell, upheld the constitutionality of a federal tax credit that pays a portion of the cost of a policy.

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Thu
02
Jul

Federal regulations a burden on state governments

We often see reports about how much government regulations cost businesses and individuals, but a new analysis from the American Action Forum, a center-right think tank headed by former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz- Eakin, illustrates another aspect of federal regulations: how much these unfunded mandates affect state and local governments.

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Thu
25
Jun

Governor makes final decisions on bills passed by Legislature

AUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott on June 20 completed the task of reviewing all bills that were passed by the Texas Legislature. He had until midnight on June 21 to get the job done. Of the 6,276 bills filed by the House and Senate during the Legislature’s 84th regular session that ended June 1, some 1,323 were passed by both bodies and therefore earned a trip to the governor’s office for final scrutiny. Of those bills, Abbott signed 1,202 into law, let 162 become law without his signature and vetoed 41.

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Thu
25
Jun

Feds threaten Reason.com with subpoenas

When Judge Katherine Forrest sentenced Ross Ulbricht, founder of the Silk Road website for black market goods, to life in prison without the possibility of parole, it did not go down well with libertarians who see him merely as a facilitator for those engaged in victimless crimes such as narcotics use. Equally alarming is the heavyhanded way the government is going after those who posted critical comments about the judge’s decision, crass as some of those comments may be.

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Thu
18
Jun

Federal court of appeals rules on abortion law

 AUSTIN — A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on June 9 upheld the constitutionality of House Bill 2, the state abortion law revised by the Texas Legislature in a July 2013 special session. HB 2 and its provisions may be applied throughout Texas, the panel stated in a 56-page ruling, but drew two narrow exceptions: (1) a health clinic that performs abortions in McAllen may continue to function without upgrading its facilities to comply with standards set for ambulatory surgical centers; and (2) the law’s admitting privileges requirement does not apply to a certain medical doctor when he is working at  the McAllen facility. Elsewhere, a physician performing an abortion must have admitting privileges at a hospital  within 30 miles of the location where the abortion is performed in accordance with the 2013 law.
Thu
18
Jun

Princess of the Panhandle” lived high on the hog

By Bartee Haile
The only daughter of one of Texas’ wealthiest cattle kings married a blueblood from Philadelphia on Jun. 17, 1902 in the family mansion at Decatur. Starting with a small herd of Longhorns in the 1850’s, Dan and son Tom Waggoner turned parts of six North Texas counties into a  750 square-mile cattle empire. At the end of the nineteenth century, the colossal Three D Ranch covered more than a million acres.

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Tue
16
Jun

Volunteer work also beneficial for volunteers

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Health Awareness Month so I’d like to take this opportunity to pass along some valuable information. 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. Experts tell us that number may reach 16  million by the year 2050. But Alzheimer’s affects many more than that. It also affects the many people who love and care for the person with  Alzheimer’s disease.

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Thu
11
Jun

Governor decides fates of bills passed by Legislature

AUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott has until June 21 to give bills recently passed by the Texas Legislature his final consideration before signing them, letting them take effect without his signature or vetoing them. By June 1, the last day of the Legislature’s 84th regular session, some 819 House bills and 504 Senate bills earned final passage, plus two House Joint Resolutions and five Senate Joint Resolutions. Unlike bills, which are subject to gubernatorial veto, the voters of Texas will find the seven joint resolutions appearing as proposed constitutional amendments on the Nov. 3 statewide ballot.  

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Thu
04
Jun

Legislature passes budget as session wraps up

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