Columns/Opinions

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06
Jan

Pancho Villa played himself in Hollywood film

By Bartee Haile

In an El Paso hotel room on Jan. 5, 1914, Pancho Villa came to terms with a Hollywood studio to make a silent movie about the role of the bandit-turned-rebel in the Mexican Revolution.  

 

Wed
06
Jan

Texas sues EPA over new ozone standards

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — The State of Texas and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Dec. 23 filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its new ozone standards rule. 

 

Wed
30
Dec

Republicans were once their own worst enemy

By Bartee Haile

The longest and one of the most suspicious recounts in Lone Star electoral history continued through Christmas 1928 with the lead of Rep. Harry Wurzbach, the only GOP member of the Texas delegation, growing smaller by the day. 

Wed
30
Dec

New ‘open carry’ legislation takes effect on Jan. 1

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — The coming of the 2016 brings heightened interest statewide in two new laws in particular that were passed by the 84th Texas Legislature in June 2015. 

Wed
23
Dec

Austin celebrates grand opening of historic hotel

By Bartee Haile

The excited citizens of the capital city took to the streets on Dec. 20, 1886 to celebrate the grand opening of Austin’s first first-class hotel, the Driskill. 

Wed
23
Dec

Governor takes action to stem illegal border crossings

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Quoting U.S. Border Patrol data regarding illegal border crossings, Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 15 said the number of apprehensions through October and November “are on average two to three times higher than last year.” 

 

Wed
16
Dec

Good news & bad

By Dr. Genie Ellis

A few years ago, the holiday season began for us with some moderately bad news followed by good. A Saturday morning check of the property revealed a major fence break. This wasn’t your typical “old, rotten wire” break or “big, heavy, determined cow when the grass is greener on the other side” break. 

 

Wed
16
Dec

Abbott backs Cruz’s filing of legislation on refugees

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott was in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 8 to participate in a news conference with U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who rolled out his proposed State Refugee Security Act.

 

Wed
09
Dec

Bloody murder in a small-town bank

By Bartee Haile

On their third ballot of the busy morning of Dec. 2, 1916, the Waco jurors unanimously agreed on what to do with the small-town banker with the blood of a state official on his hands. For years T.R. Watson and two of his sons, Ed the vice-president and W.R. the cashier, had run the Farmers & Merchants State Bank in Teague like their own private piggy bank. As the latest generation of a respected family with deep roots in the Central Texas town, they were regarded as above reproach by their friends, neighbors and depositors.

Wed
09
Dec

Paxton amends approach to refugee resettlement

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Dec. 4 withdrew his request for a temporary restraining order to put a hold on the federal government’s plan to relocate Syrian refugee families in Texas. Paxton, as the state’s chief law enforcement officer, initiated the court action on behalf of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the state agency potentially most involved with the resettlement process.

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