Listening to each other should be top priority
Recently, there has been a rise in anti-Semitic crimes in our country and the world. Data indicates that anti-Semitism is not only alive and dangerous in the U.S.; it is on the rise.
A few weeks ago, Victoria ISD released a proposed responsive reentry plan for schools. At the conclusion of the video explanation, I asked parents to do two things.
The pandemic has been with us since late winter, but state leaders seem to have forgotten something they already know from other disasters: You can get ready when a storm is coming, or wait until it blows your roof off.
Dr. Thomas Sowell has been both a friend and a colleague of mine for over a half-century. On June 30, he will have completed his 90th year of life, and I want to highlight some important features of that life. Sowell was born in Gastonia, N.C., in 1930. As part of the great black migration n…
On these warm summer evenings, the nighthawks are at play. You will hear them before you see them. They come out at dusk, just before it gets dark. Their shrill cry, “peeet . . . peeet,” calls my attention. I stop whatever I’m doing and watch them dance in the sky with an acrobatic precision…
We are being asked to consider the fate of the Confederate statue on the square. Some of us want to remove it, notably, the writers of the guest column in the June 12 Victoria Advocate. Others of us want to preserve it.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, our children are facing a very different summer. With many camps, swimming pools, and events closed or canceled, the pull toward social media and apps for entertainment is even stronger. One app, TikTok, has continued to grow in popularity, especially as w…
As Texas leaders struggle to find a balanced response to the pandemic and the lagging state economy, the suggestions for what they ought to do – friendly and hostile – are pouring in.
In the chilling aftermath of George Floyd’s death, we cannot allow the sorrowful wails of family and friends or the furious voices of legitimate protesters to be silenced by the deafening shrieks of destructive riots and the tragic loss of an additional 17 lives.
In chapter three, “The Silence,” of “Founding Brothers,” the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for History winner by Joseph J. Ellis, an unknown history of America was revealed to me. What follows I have taken from Professor Ellis’ book.
The Texas Legislature is supposed to convene in January – and would ordinarily be holding public hearings on various issues between now and then. That begs a question: Is there a safe way to open the Texas Capitol to lawmakers and the public?
Taxpayers deserve to have a friend in the tax office, and I’m committed to making a difference for people and keeping taxes as low as possible. I’ll constantly search to root out any wasteful spending, and do all I can to make the Tax Office and Victoria County government work better for everyone.
Many whites are ashamed, saddened and feel guilty about our history of slavery, Jim Crow and gross racial discrimination. Many black people remain angry over the injustices of the past and what they see as injustices of the present. Both blacks and whites can benefit from a better appreciati…
In the spring of 1912, the Titanic sank. Less tragically, Fenway Park opened, the Girl Guides (later the Girl Scouts) were founded, and the South Pole was discovered.
Activists and many commentators have a quick response to the black/white disparity in police killings. They see the issue as one simply of white police racism. As with so many popular explanations of complex social phenomena it is both psychologically satisfying and wrong.
Texas government is going in two directions at once, with Gov. Greg Abbott blowing a whistle on rising COVID-19 numbers while top education officials detail plans to open public schools for in-person classes this fall.
More people are out and about, and coronavirus cases are rising in Texas. But there’s an easy way to limit the spread of the virus, if people will set their politics aside: masks.
Recent high-profile incidents of police violence have led to a breakdown of trust in law enforcement. We have seen citizens rising up across the nation to demand accountability and have been stunned to see how some protests have turned violent.
Last week, the Victoria ISD released details about our proposed responsive reopening plan. We also released a one-page document that captures the essential elements. Our return to school falls on a spectrum of possibilities. On one end of the spectrum, we want to have all students back to sc…
The county judge and three of the four commissioners voted in lockstep not to hire a professional forensic auditor, despite previously voting to hire one.
A monument memorializes and brings honor and attention to its subject. It says to a community: “Look and see what we value.” It says that these are the ideals that the community reveres. This is what it stands for. Rarely would you see a monument erected to something that a community vilifie…
My colleagues recently offered important historical context on the Confederate monument in DeLeon Plaza. I am also a historian, but I write today as a proud Stroman Raider with a deep love of what this city could be.
Moving local elections because of the pandemic might seem unremarkable. But it gives voters a rare chance to instantly grade elected officials’ handling of a pandemic and a bad economy, as well as their response to cases of police brutality.
While it might not be popular to say in the wake of the recent social disorder, the true plight of black people has little or nothing to do with the police or what has been called “systemic racism.” Instead, we need to look at the responsibilities of those running our big cities.
As our nation continues to struggle with divisiveness unleashed because of the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd, I ask, for the sake of peace, we focus on what unites us as Americans as opposed to what divides us. I believe our love of freedom, the kind of freedom people like me are willing …
Early next week, I will be sharing our working responsive return plan with the Victoria community. We will make sure to give advance notice using all communications tools at our disposal (social media, Edulink, email, and local news outlets).
Atlanta has removed its Confederate monuments. Richmond has removed its Confederate monuments. Birmingham has removed its Confederate monuments. New Orleans has removed its Confederate monuments.
The protests of the last week are about an affliction that’s bigger than the pandemic – and important enough for people to forget about social distancing.
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Gov. Greg Abbott has avoided the president’s militaristic tenor and has expressed empathy with nonviolent demonstrators protesting George Floyd’s death. But the conversations about what’s next haven’t started.
Imagine that you are an unborn spirit in heaven. God condemns you to a life of poverty but will permit you to choose the country in which you will spend your life. Which country would you choose? I would choose the United States of America.
Fear. Every human on the planet experiences fear. Sometimes, as we grow older, we get over our fears. Sometimes, as we get older, we develop new fears.
When I found out that I’d be reporting for the Victoria Advocate starting June 1, my first thought was that there’d be so much to write about.
The violent George Floyd protests in Minneapolis have spread across America quicker than COVID-19 and the dual-purpose masks now serve to conceal the identities of the misguided mask-wearing mobsters.
I have spent the last several days watching with growing concern as the situation surrounding the death of George Floyd has unfolded before us on the national stage. In particular, I was shocked by the senseless and violent nature of his death. Coming as it did on the heels of other senseles…
Campaigning during a pandemic is a lot like normal, without the people. Just put the word “virtual” in front of the normal activities: fundraising, town hall meetings and even block walking.
The other day, I received a package in the mail. Surprisingly, I hadn’t ordered anything recently, which left me most curious of this mysterious parcel a couple inches in width. Much to my delight upon opening, I discovered it was from an old friend. She sent me a book from her library. It s…
I want to provide an update on our virtual building tours. Over the past several weeks, we have invited the public to join us on a virtual building tour of each of the sites, locations and campuses included in the facilities study conducted by Huckabee Architects. To those of you who have jo…
Oil production costs are down sharply in Texas in recent years, but they are not yet at a level to maintain viability given current prices and uncertainty. As a result, significant disruptions in oil production areas are occurring. The industry initiated a rapid shutdown of drilling activity…
Texans have been witnessing things that would have been unthinkable until now. Surge teams, testing of nursing homes for COVID-19 and National Guard helping to disinfect nursing home facilities around the state.
The economic calamity caused by the novel coronavirus is creating a surge in young adults with uncertain futures. Many have lost jobs or job offers, and others may leave higher education and their schooling because they can no longer afford it.
Is it important to have racial or sexual diversity in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic? Heather Mac Donald suggests that some think it might be in her City Journal article “Should Identity Politics Dictate Vaccine Research?”
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