On top of all the great task force work happening throughout the district, we are embarking on a process to refresh our 10-year strategic plan. It’s time for us to revisit this document to refresh what is still relevant and recraft our action plan to take us forward on our path of continuous…
I’m writing this column while trying to watch the historic impeachment inquiry hearings. It’s Nov. 13, and this first hearing is especially poignant for me because I am the daughter of a career foreign service officer who served his country in consulates and embassies around the world for 25 years.
A recent survey conducted by the Victims of Communism and polled by YouGov, a research and data firm, found that 70% of millennials are likely to vote socialist and that one in three millennials saw communism as “favorable.”
Sonji Wilkes learned the hard way that life can still throw you a curve, even when you play by the rules. She had health insurance and the hospital she picked to bring her son into the world was “in-network.”
The starting gun wasn’t loud, but the 2020 elections in Texas began – officially – last Saturday, when candidates could start filing for office. That’s the beginning of a sprint from now to the March primaries.
With Thanksgiving just a fortnight away, tables across America will soon be teeming with turkey and all the trimmings – and the potential for Americans to overindulge. At the same time, millions of those same people are trying to be more mindful about their overall nutrition, including snacking.
Jews have been awarded 40% of the Nobel Prizes in economics, 30% of those in medicine, 25% in physics, 20% in chemistry, 15% in literature and 10% of the Nobel Peace Prizes.
You’ll know Texas leaders are doing a great job when you hear people in the private sector say they wish their businesses ran like the state government.
Joe Biden is going to win the Democratic nomination for president. I wouldn’t run to your bookie with this information. My track record is spotty, at best. But I’ll be shocked if I’m wrong, and I’ll have plenty of company including many Democrats.
Ignore Beto O’Rourke’s misbegotten presidential campaign for a moment, and give the El Paso Democrat his due: He is the reason Texas Democrats are hopeful and Texas Republicans are worried.
Victoria ISD is part of the System of Great Schools (SGS) Network. The Texas Education Agency launched the SGS Network to support school districts across Texas to develop a locally designed system- level innovation and problem-solving approach. The goal is to build the capacity of school dis…
Texas voters will weigh in on 10 proposed amendments to the state constitution, which deal with everything from retiring law enforcement animals to the state’s tax code. Voters in three state House districts will also participate in special elections to fill empty seats.
The year was 1982 as I sat in my living room on my rust-brown and off-white flowered velour couch hunched over the latest Victoria Advocate devouring, along with my chocolate Jell-O Pudding Pop, a new “Hocus Focus” syndicated puzzle by Henry Boltinoff.
Gun control did not become politically acceptable until the Gun Control Act of 1968 signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The law’s primary focus was to regulate commerce in firearms by prohibiting interstate firearms transfers except among licensed manufacturers, dealers and impor…
We recently learned about some great news at the University of Houston-Victoria. The university has received a $2.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will help us launch new programs to promote undergraduate student success. That good news was followed by an announcem…
With Dennis Bonnen not seeking another term, state representatives are once again at the start of a race for Speaker of the Texas House. This could take a while.
The U.S. Nobel-laureate economist Herbert Simon (1916-2001) in his 1982 book ‘Models of Bounded Rationality and Other Topics in Economics’ was the first to write about “Bounded Rationalism.” Bounded Rationalism as a concept explains that decision makers (irrespective of their level of intell…
Bertha Breazeale, my mom, was a strong woman of God who prayed a lot for others. She taught us to go to the cross when we had problems
Some of our families’ best summer adventures over the years have been at Texas’s state parks. And the numbers indicate that you and your family have probably enjoyed our parks and historic sites over the years, too: nearly 10 million people visited state parks in 2017, up about 40% since 2012.
Last week, U.S. Attorney General William Barr told a University of Notre Dame Law School audience that attacks on religious liberty have contributed to a moral decline that’s in part manifested by increases in suicides, mental illness and drug addiction. Barr said that our moral decline is n…
The quick political demise of Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen is the kind of insider news that buttresses what many think about people in politics – and trust.
Early voting for the Nov. 5 election started Oct 21. There are 10 important constitutional amendments passed by the Texas Legislature to vote on. I support all of these amendments, but I am particularly proud to have supported legislation to bring Propositions 4 and 6 to the voters, and I ur…
Please stop reading before you go any further and get a mental image (something you could draw) in your mind about what it means to communicate. Specifically, which direction does it flow?
If you need an accurate update on some of the madness at the nation’s institutions of higher learning, check out Minding the Campus, a nonprofit independent organization. John Leo, its editor-in-chief, says that the organization’s prime mission is dedicated to the revival of intellectual plu…
On Tuesday, 12 Democratic presidential hopefuls took to the stage at Otterbein University near Columbus, Ohio, to pitch their credentials. The dozen are at the very least advocates for loose borders. Ask the candidates their positions on the environment and ecological stability, and the doze…
The long-awaited recording of the meeting between the House speaker and a political operative is now out – and as turns out, Michael Quinn Sullivan’s account was mostly on the nose.
Last week, we held our P-TECH Healthcare advisory meeting. You will recall P-TECH Healthcare is a new initiative for Victoria ISD starting next year. The P-TECH Healthcare is a new opportunity exclusively for our current eighth-grade students who will be starting as high school freshmen in 2020.
Life in Point Comfort was pretty idyllic in the post WWII/Korea war years of the 1950s and 1960s. Our fathers brought us to this little factory village from near and far as the post-war economy craved aluminum for the world. The jobs were good, steady, paid well, and our fathers could provid…
The Competitive Enterprise Institute has published a new paper, “Wrong Again: 50 Years of Failed Eco-pocalyptic Predictions.” Keep in mind that many of the grossly wrong environmentalist predictions were made by respected scientists and government officials. My question for you is: If you we…
Lawmakers want voters to replace the current constitutional hurdle to a personal income tax in Texas with a marginally higher one. Think of it as insurance against something that isn’t likely to happen anyway.
I want to say I agree with many of the points in Mr. Whitefield’s guest column, “Choose Wisely,” that appeared in the Advocate Sept. 25. However, he fails to understand that secularism and humanism were part of the radical thinking of our country’s founders in their struggle to protect our n…
Garage sales are a little ridiculous if you think about it. As a society we spend untold millions trying to protect the sanctity of our homes from intrusion, and then we hold garage sales, where the entire point is to lure nosy strangers onto our property to rummage through our personal belongings.
Governments respond to problems as policymakers see them. And sometimes – homelessness appears to be a case – the solutions only address what’s visible to politicians and their voters.
This White House breathes chaos. It’s like one of those Vaudevillian plate spinners who isn’t happy until all the plates come crashing down to the ground. The attraction consists of the cast kicking through the detritus, which is always loud and cacophonous.
Many of our task forces have begun their work. For those who came to the kickoff meeting, I shared how our task forces are going to be working through several complex conversations over the next few months. The work of this group will be leading to a strategic planning effort where we will o…
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