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Wed
16
Sep

Neighbors agree to work on trade, energy projects

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN - Gov. Greg Abbott traveled to Mexico last week to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto and other officials in Mexico City. On Sept. 8, the governor’s office announced an agreement between the Texas Department of Transportation and the Ministry of Communications and Transportation of the United Mexican States “to promote and increase bilateral collaboration on future border infrastructure projects.”
 
Wed
16
Sep

At Your Service

By Roger Williams

 

Wed
16
Sep

Retrained brain

By Dr. Genie Ellis

Upon seeing a wall of full shelves above ourkitchen stove, a visitor once remarked, “Who does all this cooking?” The wall of spices, bottled condiments and foodstuffs caught my guest’s eye. My brain thought, “Who doesn’t cook?” My mouth answered, “We both do”, true before Zack’s paralysis seven years ago.

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Wed
16
Sep

Why to oppose the Iran deal

In 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain led a multi-nation effort to allow Adolf Hitler to seize a part of Czechoslovakia. The Munich Agreement, as it was called, was signed to avoid what the prime minister believed was the only alternative: war.

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Wed
09
Sep

Drama therapy

By Genie Ellis Zacharias

I write because I enjoy it. And I suspect I subconsciously write for therapy. I wonder how many other people do the same? Even if no one ever reads some of my angst-ridden diatribes, probably a good thing, unloading them still somehow does me a world of good. I work things out when I write.

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Wed
09
Sep

Abbott orders flags half-staff to honor officer

 

By Ed Sterling

 

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 2 issued a statewide call in honor of slain Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth and all law enforcement officers. Abbott asked that officers turn on their patrol vehicles’ red and blue flashing lights for one minute at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, the start time for Deputy Goforth’s funeral.

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Wed
02
Sep

Att. Gen. Paxton pleads not guilty to charges

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney  General Ken Paxton on Aug. 27 entered a plea of not guilty on felony charges of securities fraud at his arraignment in Fort Worth. Tarrant County 396th State District Court Judge George Gallagher gave Paxton until 
Sept. 30 to answer to the charges.
 
Wed
02
Sep

Slim pickings in last presidential election

With independence about to be swapped for statehood, Texans packed the polls on Sep. 2, 1844 to pick a president for the fourth and final time. The year before the Lone Star Republic’s last election, Texans could not have imagined that they would be forced to choose between Anson Jones and Edward Burleson.
 
Wed
26
Aug

Louis T. Wigfall, hottest of the red-hot rebs

By Bartee Haile

With his inheritance quandered and his reputation in ruins, Louis Trezevant Wigfall left his native South Carolina on Aug. 22, 1846 to start a new life in Texas. The son of a well-to-do planter, Wigfall’s college days at South Carolina College, forerunner of the University of South Carolina, spawned a fanatical belief in state supremacy. His alma mater was a hotbed of secessionist sentiment, where as early as 1827 the college president called for the Palmetto State to sever all ties with the United States.

Wed
26
Aug

Energy agency chief rails against federal plan

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Railroad Commission Chair David Porter on Aug. 19 spoke against America’s Clean Power Plan, a regulatory framework rolled out by the White House on Aug. 3. Texas is one of at least a dozen states lining up in opposition. Porter called the plan “another blatant attack on the oil and gas industry that will further impede America’s energy security, kill jobs and put even more stress on our national and state economies.” Porter was elected chair of the three-member commission that oversees the energy industry regulating state agency in June 2014.

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