Twitter explained why it decided to permanently ban President Donald Trump: “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the acc…
The Texas Capitol had its defenses ready for the start of the legislative session after last week’s riots in the U.S. Capitol. But opening day was nice and quiet.
I first saw the U.S. Capitol as a student about five decades ago. For the past 40+ years, it has been part of my professional life – testimony, hearings, meetings, meals, receptions, and crunching numbers.
The Texas Legislature is more bipartisan than Congress, historically speaking. But a unique set of issues to address and an atmosphere of division emanating from Washington, D.C., could test that in the session that started Tuesday.
The vaccine rollout in Texas is bumpier than it ought to be, especially because the federal and state governments in charge of distributing vaccines have known for months that they’d be doing this as soon as the drugs were developed.
While sitting in the Delta lounge in the Atlanta airport waiting for my flight back to Washington, a white gentleman approached me and struck up a conversation.
After a rugged and seemingly endless 2020, we are beginning to see the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. We are not done yet, but with vaccination programs ongoing and the disease and effective treatments better understood, we should be able to establish a new normal at some point in …
The senator from Texas is among legislators questioning the validity of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump. What’s at stake? The hearts of the Republican voters who strongly back the incumbent president.
My new puppy entered the world on Christmas and he’s already bringing incredible joy into my family – just as many dogs, cats and other bundles of joy are doing for millions during these unusual times.
Without question, 2020 will be remembered as the year of the coronavirus. The public health crisis and resultant economic calamity have had wide ranging implications throughout the whole of society. The encouraging trajectory of the U.S. economy as the year dawned was abruptly reversed, and …
OK, let’s get the obvious out of the way. 2020 was the year of COVID-19, also known as corona (minus the lime), the plague, the super crud, or, as my dad calls it (and most other contagious illnesses), “the rooty-gootus.” But what else happened in 2020?
In my previous column, I mentioned my resolution to help others during the New Year. Some readers felt that resolutions were a waste of time, while others felt resolutions are admirable, but not sustainable.
To say that 2020 has been a rough year is an extreme understatement. The pandemic and actions taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 have been disruptive and, in many cases, devastating. Millions have slipped into poverty, are now food insecure or face housing challenges, or are experiencing m…
Are your kids getting the education they need—either in person, or remotely? It might depend on where you live; it should instead be up to you.
Almost a year ago, Robert Hewitt Jr. showed up at my office for his annual visit about all the things we had so much fun discussing. Politics, cars, the arts and our lives.
Now that we are well into the month of December, my three teenage daughters have provided me with their extensive Christmas lists – both electronic and hard copies – in triplicate. Full of the typical objects of adolescent desires like designer clothing, electronics, jewelry, and luxury vehi…
I feel inadequate to the task of writing an end-of-the-year column. We innocently walked into 2020 and got smacked in the face by masks, daily death counts and our own impotence in the face of a global pandemic. No one was spared from its impact. We changed our shopping patterns, our educati…
Many years ago, when I was still a music teacher, I oversaw the process of putting together the annual Christmas/Holiday Concert at the elementary, middle, and high school levels (it was a small district). We performed many of the traditional holiday songs, some non-traditional songs, and so…
Remaking the state’s political maps — redistricting — is important. One way to tell is that the lawmakers making the maps do their dead-level best to avoid saying anything that might signal their intent.
In the late 1980s, when telemarketing was at it is peak, a company called our home during dinner. I picked up the phone and handed it to my dad. This is what we heard him say:
In a recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece, an author and columnist took the future first lady of the United States to task for calling herself Dr. Jill Biden. In mansplaining terms, he basically said that only someone who has delivered a baby has the “right” to be called doctor, that her…
The past year has seemingly brought endless challenges, both for the cattle industry and the entire nation. The coronavirus, social unrest and political divisiveness have dominated news headlines for most of the year. For cattle producers, coronavirus-related supply chain disruptions and mar…
Editor’s note: Dr. Daniel Cano wrote this letter to the staff at Citizens Medical Center last week before the FDA granted Emergency Use Authorization for the vaccine. This week, he agreed to share it with our readers.
Casinos are making a serious run at Texas lawmakers, hoping to open up to five gaming destinations in a state that has resisted them for years. But gaming in Texas hasn’t been expanded in almost three decades.
I met economist and professor Walter Williams when I interviewed him while hosting a local TV show in Cleveland. We discussed a number of topics but focused on race-based preferences, aka affirmative action. Williams adamantly opposed it, still an unpopular position to take, but especially b…
The attorney general’s challenge to the election results in four other states baffles many lawyers, but President Donald Trump likes it.
It might seem that closing tax loopholes and ending exemptions would be an easy way to balance a state budget during a pandemic. It’s not. In fact, that might be the hardest option available.
Great news: The COVID-19 vaccines are coming. Not-so-great news: There won’t be enough for all of us for a while, and that means the first doses will go to people deemed essential.
I’ve always taken great pride in the tender care I give to my cellphone. Until recently, I could boast that with all of the various cellular devices I’ve possessed through the years (dating back to the first Motorola bag phone my dad gave me during the Early Iron Age), I’d never once had so …
Two weeks ago, my oldest daughter verbally committed to a university and eagerly anticipates becoming a collegiate swimmer and scholar. We are super excited for this next stage in her life.
Like most industries, retailers are struggling to deal with the pandemic. While it may be a decent year for spending, it looks quite different – with a holiday shopping season the likes of which we have never seen.
Austin Mayor Steve Adler’s delivery of a stay-home message from a vacation spot in Mexico isn’t just embarrassing. Mistakes like that one make it harder to lead.
Several years ago, Project Baltimore began an investigation of Baltimore’s school system. What they found was an utter disgrace. In 19 of Baltimore’s 39 high schools, out of 3,804 students, only 14 of them, or less than 1%, were proficient in math. In 13 of Baltimore’s high schools, not a si…
The state’s leaders are as anxious as everyone else to talk about vaccines and a Texas without the coronavirus. But this is going to take time, and while they’re hopeful, they are planning for more months of pandemic.
- Constitutionality of election still in question
- El Campo couple gives firsthand account of events at Capitol (w/ video)
- Longtime coach Husmann leaves impressive legacy
- Police: Woman hit by vehicle while crossing Victoria street, driver left scene
- Driver in fatal Refugio County wreck identified as Rosenberg man
- Remembering our history: A look back at 1961-1970 in the Crossroads
- 152 COVID-19 patients being treated in Victoria-area hospitals
- Cloud defends objection to election results, says "We don't know yet" about Biden's win
- Victoria resident back in baseball after half century
- Pharr woman killed in two-vehicle Refugio County highway crash