President Trump’s decision to not allow Bahamians displaced by Hurricane Dorian to shelter in the United States puts our xenophobia on the world’s big screen. Our intolerance for people, places and things we consider different has expanded to the point of total exclusion.
During a Victoria Regional Airport Commission meeting several weeks ago, I raised questions regarding the repairs to airport properties in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. I was surprised to see that one company was awarded a no-bid contract to complete all repairs. The questions posed wer…
Just when we thought colleges could not spout loonier ideas, we have a new one from American University. They hired a professor to teach other professors to grade students based on their “labor” rather than their writing ability.
State lawmakers took aim at liberal local government overreach this past session, and they passed a slew of legislation hoping to rein in some of the worst of it.
Texas Republicans are talking openly – and in opposition to gun rights advocates – about firearms restrictions that used to be sacrosanct for conservative politicians.
A state senator decided to run for U.S. Senate and had to disclose information about his income and assets that isn’t required of Texas officials. Just think what we might learn if Texas politicians had to meet the more stringent federal standards.
Diane has gone to hundreds of doctors for her psoriasis since 1963. As she has gotten older, she has developed other illnesses and visited more physicians, adding to her health record portfolio. What she has also developed, unknowingly, are mistakes in her medical record.
One day, a shepherd is sitting on a rock minding his own business when a decked-out Range Rover comes flying over the hill and screeches to a stop just in front of the shepherd. A man in an Armani suit and designer shades jumps out and says, “Hey, I’ve got a great idea. If I can tell you how…
John Paul Wright, professor at University of Cincinnati, and Matthew DeLisi, professor at Iowa State University, have penned a powerful article titled “What Criminologists Don’t Say, and Why,” in City Journal, Summer 2017. There is significant bias among criminologists. The reason for that b…
Shootings in Odessa and El Paso added pressure on Republican state leaders to do more to protect Texans. But in a state that prides itself on lenient firearms laws, the politics are treacherous.
A box of cereal has been collecting dust in my apartment pantry for seven months. I have no attachment to this box; I simply neglected to throw it out once it went stale, and it’s now a fixture of my residence.
After the Odessa shootings, Gov. Greg Abbott said actions are louder than words. That may be right. But don’t forget about the words.
At the end of last year, I compared our task force work to a train coming to a station stop for a break. The station stop will allow some people to remove themselves from the work of the task forces, some can stay on to continue the work and we can get some new people on board as well. I urg…
Too many parents have been hearing the wrong stories. As Texas schools begin a new school year amid an outbreak of measles, let’s start telling more useful stories about the power of vaccinations.
The state’s decision to kill straight-ticket voting could cut turnout in down-ballot races in the 2020 elections – even if more voters show up to the polls.
The New York Times has begun a major initiative, the “1619 Project,” to observe the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe American history so that slavery and the contributions of black Americans explain who we are as a nation. Nikole Hannah-Jones, staff …
After a month of allegations and denials about a political meeting between a conservative activist, the speaker of the Texas House and a committee chairman, there’s still a missing link: proof. There’s a recording of the meeting, but the activist who taped it won’t share it with the public.
While the state’s political class is entranced with allegations that Republican House leaders would like to see some of their GOP colleagues replaced, the real stakes are on what happens when the 2020 primaries are over – and which party is in control when it’s time for redistricting in 2021.
On Aug. 24, 2017, Texans along the coast began eyeing Tropical Storm Harvey with varying levels of concern. By the evening of Aug. 25, the National Weather Service was advising communities throughout our region to brace themselves for tornado-force impacts as one of the costliest natural dis…
Aug. 25 marked two years since the most destructive storm in Texas history made landfall. For many, the anniversary is a painful reminder of loss and grief. A reminder of the winds that wreaked utter havoc in the communities of Corpus Christi, Victoria, Rockport, Port Aransas and Aransas Pas…
Did you know Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote his first symphony at 8 years old? I’ve also read Chess Grandmaster Bobby Fischer was playing chess at age 6. There are numerous stories about child prodigies, kids who achieve at a masterful level at a very young age.
Yet again, more mass shootings have our nation desperately searching for answers to difficult questions. How could they have been prevented? Some question whether prevention is within our reach.
For many parents, August is a month of both pride and tears. Pride because their teenager is taking that big educational step and tears because for many it’s the beginning of an empty nest. Yet, there’s a going-away-to-college question that far too few parents ask or even contemplate: What w…
Ignore for a moment the ways in which public school students are tested and how the state grades its schools and school districts based, in part, on those test scores.
As they retool and adjust their campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination, two Texas politicians are finding their answers in the familiar – home and heritage.
Since the summer of 2018, the federal government, with cooperation of the State of Texas, opened detention sites for tens of thousands of immigrants seeking asylum. Tens of thousands of babies, children, teens and adults were shuffled to different states in planes and buses to temporary loca…
There is discrimination of all sorts, and that includes racial discrimination. Thus, it’s somewhat foolhardy to debate the existence of racial discrimination yesteryear or today. From a policy point of view, a far more useful question to ask is: How much of the plight of many blacks can be e…
Recapture of school property taxes has been established in Texas to provide an equitable balancing of public education funding across Texas. It is colloquially known as Robin Hood funding.
As you read this, it is likely that your member of Congress is in town. It’s part of an annual ritual that leads lawmakers back to their congressional districts in August. A time when they talk to constituents and make public appearances locally.
If the members of the Texas House are still on Speaker Dennis Bonnen’s side after they know just what he said to a political activist in a secretly recorded meeting, he’ll keep his job. It comes down to trust.
“It’s time for us to shine. VISD has been sharing some really good news lately. I feel like it’s time for us to celebrate.” This is a quote from one of our staff members when we asked, “What does ‘it’s time’ mean to you?”
Here’s what President Donald Trump tweeted about Baltimore’s congressman and his city: “Rep. Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is far wors…
The Texas House is a rambunctious place, known for big personalities and tough politics. It’s about to lose one of its real experts – and a calm voice, too.
You’ve probably heard about Theranos – the company that deceived investors, customers and even its own employees about its supposed ground-breaking blood testing technology that turned out to be nonexistent. Silicon Valley has long been characterized as a place where “ship now, fix later” ha…
Three Texas Republicans have announced they won’t seek reelection in 2020, and that will probably turn out to be an incomplete roster of retirees. It couldn’t come at a better time for Democrats hoping to have a hand in redistricting the state’s congressional delegation in 2021.
In the 2019 Texas Legislative session, an eerie effort was put forth to extend Chapter 313 of the Texas Property Tax Code into 2032 without any review or oversight. It essentially was a bill (HB 2129) introduced that was to have the Texas Legislature circumvent the Texas Legislature. Unfortu…
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