Columns/Opinions

Thu
03
Dec

U.S. debt situation worse than advertised

It has been about one month since congressional Republicans caved in on the national debt limit and approved a two-year budget, which conveniently suspended the debt limit until March 2017, just after the 2016 elections -- and the spending floodgates have already opened up. In just those few weeks, spending has surged by nearly $600 billion, raising the official national debt to more than $18.7 trillion. 

 

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Wed
25
Nov

Governor communicates stance on refugees to White House

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Nov. 16 wrote a letter to the White House, informing President Obama “the State of Texas will not accept any refugees from Syria in the wake of the deadly terrorist attack in Paris.”
 
Wed
25
Nov

Policing should not be done for profit

Civil asset forfeiture is a law enforcement tool intended to recover the “ill-gotten gains” of illegal activity, such as Ponzi scheme proceeds. Too often, however, it is used against citizens who are not even accused of, much less convicted of, a crime.
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.
 

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