Columns/Opinions

Wed
14
Sep

Texans survive first U-boat sinking in WWII

By Bartee Haile

A Houston judge learned on Sep. 8, 1939 that his daughter not only had survived the U-boat sinking of the British passenger ship Athenia but also had been hailed as a heroine by the American ambassador. In her last letter before leaving Europe, Helen Hannay told her parents not to worry. “There may be a delay, but we will get out all right. We aren’t in the least afraid.” The teenaged traveler closed on a prophetic note: “I am certainly glad to have had this lovely trip and to have seen all the beautiful things before they are blown up.”

To view more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://www.etypeservices.com/The%20Clifton%20RecordID87/

Wed
14
Sep

Paxton says subpoena violated First Amendment

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sept. 9 announced he had filed a friend-of-the-court brief “in defense of the First Amendment.” The brief, he said, explains that Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Tracy Healey “exceeded her constitutional authority by attempting to shut down a viewpoint on an issue of scientific debate — climate change.”

To view more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://www.etypeservices.com/The%20Clifton%20RecordID87/

Wed
07
Sep

Education chief announces fines to testing service

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Aug. 23 announced the Texas Education Agency will fine the company that delivers and administers STAAR® — the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness — with $5.7 million in liquidated damages. Morath also directed the company, Austin-based Educational Testing Services, to invest $15 million for a total of $20.7 million. The $20.7 million, according to the TEA, “addresses various logistical issues encountered by students and school systems during statewide STAAR administration in the 2015-2016 school year.”

To view more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://www.etypeservices.com/Meridian%20TribuneID88/

Wed
07
Sep

Social media’s challenge to the democratic process

By Lee Hamilton

Does the ubiquity of information available through social media really help citizens understand complex issues, weigh competing arguments, and reach discriminating judgments about politics? I’ve been involved in politics for the better part of a lifetime, and have spoken at a lot of public meetings over the years. There’s one question, I think, that I’ve heard more than any other: “If I want to be an informed citizen, which sources of information should I consult?”

To view more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://www.etypeservices.com/Meridian%20TribuneID88/

Wed
31
Aug

Fed court rules in favor of UT’s carry policy

AUSTIN — An attempt by three University of Texas at Austin professors to prevent licensed permit holders from carrying their concealed handguns while attending classes was denied by U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel on Aug. 22. Named as defendants in the professors’ lawsuit were Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, UT President Gregory L. Fenves and each member of the UT Board of Regents. The campus carry policy that sparked the lawsuit was approved by the board of regents in accordance with Senate Bill 11, a law passed by the state Legislature in 2015 allowing concealed carry on public university campuses. The law took effect Aug. 1 and the irst day of classes was Aug. 24.

To view more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://www.etypeservices.com/Meridian%20TribuneID88/

Wed
31
Aug

GOP leaders need Hillary speech

By Steven Strauss

Back then, Trump was flooding the airwaves with “birther” madness and winning plaudits from the GOP establishment. When he endorsed Mitt Romney for president in 2012, Romney called that backing “a delight” and added: “I’m so honored and pleased to have his endorsement. ... Donald Trump has shown an extraordinary ability to understand how our economy works, to create jobs for the American people. He’s done it here in Nevada. He’s done it across the country.”

To view more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://www.etypeservices.com/The%20Clifton%20RecordID87/

Wed
24
Aug

Alamo movies often not worth the ticket price

By Bartee Haile

 

“Davy Crockett at the Fall of the Alamo,” the third motion picture in the series, opened at theaters across Texas on Aug. 22, 1926. The first Alamo movie was made during the early days of silent pictures back in 1911, just eight years after “The Great Train Robbery.” “The Immortal Alamo” was a 15-minute one-reeler and the initial American effort of a famous French filmmaker’s brother.  

 

To view more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition

 

Wed
24
Aug

Texan diagnosed with Zika illness after return from trip

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — A Texas resident who recently traveled to Miami, Florida, has tested positive for Zika virus disease, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported on Aug. 15. The traveler, an El Paso County resident, sought testing after becoming ill. This is the first Texas case to be linked to travel within the continental United States. The case will be classified as “travel-associated” and is being investigated for more details, the DSHS said.  

 

To view more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition

 

Wed
17
Aug

Democratic Convention: Dead wrong on energy

By Tom Borelli

The recent Democratic National Convention included a fullfledged assault on one of the central pillars of the American economy: fossil fuels. The official convention platform calls for completely replacing oil and natural gas with renewables by 2050. This is a delusional, disastrous position. Renewables can’t meet our country’s energy needs. And squeezing the oil and gas sector with onerous regulations could destroy millions of jobs.

To view more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://www.etypeservices.com/Meridian%20TribuneID88/

Wed
17
Aug

Court relaxes Texas voter ID law for fall election

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Voters will have more options when presenting personal identification at the polls for the November 8 general election, Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos announced last week. Pursuant to an Aug. 10 federal court order, Cascos said, if a voter is not able to obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID, the voter may vote by: (1) signing a declaration at the polls explaining why the voter is unable to obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID; and (2) providing one of various forms of supporting documentation.

To view more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://www.etypeservices.com/The%20Clifton%20RecordID87/

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Columns/Opinions