Columns/Opinions

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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Wed
02
Dec

Disaster-stricken counties to receive federal aid

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — President Barack Obama on Nov. 25 ordered federal disaster aid to supplement Texas state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during the period of Oct. 22-31. President Obama’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Bastrop, Brazoria, Caldwell, Comal, Galveston, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Hays, Hidalgo, Liberty, Navarro, Travis, Willacy and Wilson.  

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Wed
02
Dec

Reps need to spend more time on Capitol Hill

By Lee Hamilton

Members of Congress work hard, but they do not work hard at legislating. They work hard at constituent relations and raising money and campaigning. Legislating takes a five-day week, not the three they put in at the moment.

When Paul Ryan became House Speaker a few weeks ago, he made it clear that he has no intention of spending too much time in Washington. His wife and children are in Wisconsin, he pointed out, and he plans to commute, as he’s done since he got elected to Congress. “I just work here,” he told CNN, “I don’t live here.”

Wed
25
Nov

Dialing for dollars

By Dr. Genie Ellis

In a previous life I enjoyed the convenience of cities. At least weekly, upon returning to the country, I drove 40 miles to a larger town. Gas was cheaper then. I took care of business, saw folks, ate out and shopped for items not available here. 

 

Wed
25
Nov

Gov. communicates stance on refugees to White House

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Nov. 16 wrote a letter to the White House, informing President Obama “the State of Texas will not accept any refugees from Syria in the wake of the deadly terrorist attack in Paris.” 

 

Wed
18
Nov

Texas ghost town

By Mike Cox
 
Texas has two varieties of ghost towns – those out in the middle of nowhere on dry land (assuming they exist at all) and those that lie beneath manmade lakes. Watery ghost towns are scarcer than their dusty counterparts, of course. Most lakes cover no ghost towns, some, just one former community. But one Central Texas lake drowned several communities.
 
Wed
18
Nov

Circuit court rules immigration policy unconstitutional

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — A three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Nov. 9 affirmed a Brownsville federal district judge’s Feb. 15, 2015, order forbidding the Obama administration’s implementation of DAPA, the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Residents Program. Against the wishes of Congress, the White House sent out a memorandum in November 2014 extending the reach of the policy to include more people.
 

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