Columns/Opinions

Wed
10
Feb

How to tell if Congress is working again

By Lee Hamilton

Wed
10
Feb

Gov., Congress seek details on security cuts

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-McAllen, are asking U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson for detailed information regarding border security cuts. Of particular interest to Abbott and Cuellar is the federal agency’s decision to cut resources for aerial-based border security support in a program known as Operation Phalanx. Specifically, the Department of Homeland Security’s request for aerial detection, situational awareness and monitoring capability support for Operation Phalanx from the Department of Defense for calendar year 2016 was 50 percent lower than that of recent years.

Wed
03
Feb

Mittie Stephens on a pleasure cruise to hell

By Bartee Haile

The Mittie Stephens steamed out of New Orleans on Feb. 2, 1869 on a pleasure cruise through the inland waterways of Texas that ended in fiery tragedy on Caddo Lake.  

 

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Wed
03
Feb

TxDOT awaits go-ahead signal for gridlock-reducing

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Transportation on Jan. 27 reported that on average, Texas drivers in five of the state’s largest metropolitan areas lose about 52 hours and $1,200 annually due to traffic congestion. 

 

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Wed
27
Jan

Paxton files brief supporting religious non-profit groups

By Ed Sterling 

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 18 met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a business development tour in Israel. Abbott said in a news release that the meeting was “to discuss Texas and Israel’s historic bond” and how he can further solidify their relationship.

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Wed
27
Jan

Governor meets with Israel’s PM Netanyahu

By Ed Sterling 

Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 18 met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a business development tour in Israel. Abbott said in a news release that the meeting was “to discuss Texas and Israel’s historic bond” and how he can further solidify their relationship.

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Wed
20
Jan

Birthday hell, part 2

By Genie Ellis Zacharias 

My last column described some holiday difficulties. Fate isn’t finished with us yet, it seems. As my late, ex-father-in-law used to quip, “If you ain’t got no problems, you ain’t got no business”

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Wed
20
Jan

Paxton files brief supporting religious non-profit groups

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Jan. 11 filed a friend-of-the court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of 20 states supporting the right of religious nonprofits to exercise religious beliefs. A news release from Paxton said the brief filed in regards to the case, Zubik v. Burwell, results from a consolidation of several cases before the court. The Texas attorney general’s office previously had filed briefs in two of those cases.
 
Wed
13
Jan

Birthday from hell

By Dr. Genie Ellis
 
I “celebrated” a birthday a short time ago. A big one, the kind for which parties are sometimes thrown in one’s honor. But not this time. This wasn’t the best birthday I ever experienced. Celebrating a holiday or milestone is difficult after a death in the family. Many of us have sadly dealt with this example of horridly bad cosmic timing, not that there’s ever a good time to experience a loss.

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Wed
13
Jan

Governor proposes slate of amendments to constitution

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 8 unveiled his “Texas Plan,” a document promoting the passage of nine constitutional amendments “to rein in the federal government and restore the balance of power between the States and the United States,” he said.

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