Columns/Opinions

Tue
21
Feb

Triple outlaw lynching touches off nasty feud

By Bartee Haile

A masked mob dragged five suspected cattle thieves kicking and screaming from the Mason County jail on Feb. 18, 1875, lynched three of the terrified outlaws and touched off a nasty feud forever known as the Hoodoo War.

In the chaotic aftermath of the Civil War, Texans often took the law into their own hands. Desperate characters, who mistook common folk for easy pickings, were routinely dispatched without benefit of judge, jury or clergy. 

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Tue
21
Feb

Paxton files brief in support of president’s immigration order

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a legal brief supporting President Trump’s executive order for an immigration crackdown.

In his Feb. 15 brief with a San Francisco federal appeals court, Paxton defends President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”

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Tue
14
Feb

SMU Mustangs ride All-American to final tour

By Bartee Haile

Jim Krebs scored a Southwest Conference record 50 points on Feb. 8, 1956 to power the SMU Mustangs past the Texas Longhorns 109-96.

Elmore “Doc” Hayes was hired in 1947 to breathe new life into the listless basketball program at Southern Methodist University. The pitiful Ponies had won a grand total of two SWC titles in 28 seasons, the last exactly a decade earlier.

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Tue
14
Feb

Legislation banning sanctuary city policies clears hurdles

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Feb. 8 praised the Texas Senate’s approval of legislation to ban sanctuary cities, an item on his priority list for the current legislative session.

Senate Bill 4 by Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, passed after 16 hours of floor debate on a 20-10 party-line vote, with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats in opposition.

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Tue
07
Feb

Governor raises four issues to emergency status

by Ed Sterling 

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his second biennial “State of the State” address to a joint session of the Texas Legislature on Jan. 31. In exercising his prerogative as governor, Abbott presented a short list of emergency items for lawmakers to enact during the 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature: - Improvements to Child Protective Services; - A ban on sanctuary cities; - Ethics reforms; and - Approve a resolution calling for a convention of states.

 

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Tue
07
Feb

Farewell speech everyone should read

by Lee Hamilton 

The responsibility for making this a better country lies with each of us.

As a country, we make a habit of looking forward, not backward. But I’m going to ask you to turn your attention back a few weeks, to Barack Obama’s January 10 farewell address to the American people.

I’ve been reading presidential farewell speeches for many years. Most of them give good advice. This speech, however, was exceptional. It can be read with benefit by Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals — because it says a lot of things that we need to hear about our system and our country.

 

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Tue
31
Jan

Abbott tells sheriff to reverse santuary policy or lose funds

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has stepped up the pressure on Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez to participate in immigration enforcement, warning that she could lose state funding if she refuses.

In a Jan. 23 letter, Abbott urged the sheriff to reverse her policy directive “forbidding Travis County Sheriff’s Office employees from cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests.”

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Tue
31
Jan

Infamous Texas fugitive flees country to Brazil

By Bartee Haile

The news out of Brazil on Jan. 30, 1977 was that a 19- year fugitive from Lone Star justice, had been arrested for financial misdeeds in his extradition- proof sanctuary.

Long before the savings and loans scandal of the 1980’s, there was BenJack Cage, scam artist supreme. The six-foot four-inch former football player could size up a sucker across a crowded room, or as one of his many victims observed, “He can take your pulse at 20 paces.”

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Tue
24
Jan

‘Divine Sarah’ played to packed houses in Texas

By Bartee Haile

Sarah Bernhardt’s special train rolled into Dallas on Jan. 24, 1892 for the first of four Texas stops on her “Grand World Tour.” Texans flocked to see the famous French actress, but those that missed the golden opportunity would get a second chance.

After her initial trek across the United States in 1880, the internationally acclaimed “Divine Sarah” regularly returned for profitable encores over the next 37 years. Even more than the sensation her dazzling presence always created, Bernhardt relished the impressive box office receipts. Whenever the “Pride of Paris” ran short of cash, she could count on adoring Americans to help her get back on her dainty feet.

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Tue
24
Jan

Marches come one day after inauguration of new president

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Thousands of Texans were on hand to witness the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20 in Washington.

President Trump closed his 16-minute inaugural address by saying: “Together, we will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And yes, together we will make America great again.”

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