Columns/Opinions

Tue
29
Nov

Capitol unveils African American History Memorial

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — A crowd of citizens and dignitaries gathered on the south lawn of the state Capitol on Nov. 19 to witness the unveiling of the Texas African American History Memorial. The 32-foot-wide, 27-foot-tall bronze monument by sculptor Ed Dwight features images of African-Americans in Texas from modern times going back nearly 500 years. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, a former long-time member of the Texas House of Representatives, spoke at the event.

 

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Tue
29
Nov

Claims to first Thanksgiving

By Mike Cox

On April 30, 1598, members of Juan de Onate’s expedition had every right to be thankful. For 50 days, Onate’s 500-person entrada had endured the Chihuahuan Desert. It rained almost constantly during the first seven days of their trek north from Mexico. Then the desert returned to normal and the expedition soon began suffering from lack of water. Forty-five days into the trip, the Spaniards ran out of both water and food.

 

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Wed
23
Nov

Texan’s Nazi warning fell on deaf ears

By Bartee Haile

Globe-trotting newspaper reporter Hubert Renfro Knickerbocker spoke at Southern Methodist University in Dallas on Nov. 20, 1941, but as usual his prowar message fell on deaf and hostile ears.

For years the award-winning journalist had implored the public to take a hard second look at Adolph Hitler and the threat fascism posed to democracy around the world. But he was drowned out by the greatest American hero of the century, who emphatically insisted that events in Europe did not concern this country.

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Wed
23
Nov

Bill filers jump to early start as legislative session nears

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Just a few of Texas’ 31 Senate members and 150 House members filed a total of 523 pieces of legislation on Nov. 14, the first day lawmakers could submit legislation for the coming session.

The 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature is scheduled to convene on the second Tuesday in January, that is, Jan. 10, at noon. Final adjournment — 140 days later — is set for the last Monday in May, that is, May 29.

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Tue
15
Nov

A young Johnny Reb’s letter sent back home

By Bartee Haile

 

“I long for a little excitement,” a Confederate private wrote to the folks back home in Texas on Nov. 11, 1864, “and a battle is the only thing that can satisfy me.” To hear historians tell it, the War Between the States was a giant chess game played by gentleman generals. But the soldiers, who fought and died in America’s bloodiest conflict, were men, not faceless board pieces, with families, hopes and dreams and each had his own story to tell.

 

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Tue
15
Nov

Trump victory turns eyes to possible cabinet nominees

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — Republican Donald J. Trump, on his way to winning the presidential election on Nov. 8, won the vote in Texas with 4,651,955 votes, or 52.39 percent of the 8,878,152 votes cast. Some 2,842,553 votes, or 43 percent, were cast by Texans for former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, in the race for the White House.

 

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Tue
08
Nov

Horns let championship slip through their hooves

By Bartee Haile

The University of Texas lived up to its lofty billing as the best college team in the land on Nov. 2, 1941 by crushing SMU 34-0 for the sixth straight victory of the season. Dana X. Bible’s Longhorns looked invincible even to near-sighted sports-writers back east, who always tried to ignore the superior brand of football played in the Southwest Conference. But after Texas blew out Colorado, LSU, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Rice by a combined score of 196-27, the Associated Press had no choice but to award the Austin juggernaut the Number One ranking.

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Tue
08
Nov

States file briefs in support of Texas’ voter ID law

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sept. 23 filed a petition on behalf of the State of Texas, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the Texas voter ID law. On Oct. 31, Paxton announced that a coalition of states and members of Congress had filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the United States Supreme Court, in support of Texas’ voter identification law that passed in 2011 as Senate Bill 14.

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Wed
02
Nov

Secret plan to save South hinged on Texas

By Bartee Haile

 

An obscure Confederate major with a famous last name presented a secret proposal to the governor of Texas on Oct. 27, 1863. Next came the hard part - convincing Francis Lubbock that he alone could save the South. Summer setbacks had dealt a mortal blow to Confederate chances of a military victory. After the Battle of Gettysburg, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Virginia was in full retreat, and on the western front the fall of Vicksburg had split the South at the Mississippi.  

 

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Wed
02
Nov

Officials urge high court not to expand same-sex ruling

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last week filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Texas Supreme Court over issues they say were not addressed in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case declaring same-sex marriage a fundamental right. The three officials asked the Texas Supreme Court to accept their view that Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2015 decision recognizing a right to same-sex marriage “does not resolve all constitutional issues relating samesex marriage.”  

 

 

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