Columns/Opinions

Wed
16
Mar

Life’s surprises

By Genie Ellis Zacharias

It’s always better when a medical procedure doesn’t involve anesthesia, incisions, removal of clothing or embarrassing hospital gowns with drafty backsides. Today I had a rather unexpected, “surprise” laser surgery on my eye - without even removing my earrings. No fasting the night before. No long recovery. This is my kind of operation!

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Wed
16
Mar

Cliftex: A throwback to simplier times

By John Cornyn

Last month, movie-goers in Clifton might have felt like they’d gone Back to the Future, jumping from the 21st century to a cotton farm in the 1930s, a lion hunt in the 1960s, or an East Texas funeral home in the early 1990s. To be sure, no one actually traveled through time. But the historic Cliftex Theater took movie-goers on a trip nonetheless, showing movies that provided a glimpse of life in Texas through different eras as part of the theater’s centennial celebration.

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Wed
09
Mar

To find hope in America, look around you

By Lee Hamilton
 
When ordinary Americans decide to get involved in a public issue, what you see is their common sense and good judgment, their fundamental decency, and their remarkable sense of fairness. These are very unhappy times in Washington.
 
Wed
09
Mar

Cruz, Clinton emerge as winners in Texas primaries

By Ed Sterling 

AUSTIN — March 1 Super Tuesday election returns posted by the Texas Secretary of State’s Elections Division show 2.8 million (about 20 percent) of the state’s 14.2 million registered voters cast a ballot in the Republican Party Presidential Primary.  

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Wed
02
Mar

University president sets campus carry policies

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — Former Gov. Rick Perry is no longer facing criminal charges. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Feb. 24 ordered the dismissal of a 2014 felony indictment of Perry by a Travis County grand jury.
 
Wed
02
Mar

From Comanche warrior to white’s favorite Indian

By Bartee Haile
 
Quanah Parker, the last Comanche chief, was buried beside his famous white mother on Feb. 25, 1911. A few days after surrendering at Fort Sill in the spring of 1875, the battle-scarred leader of the Quahada Comanches just happened to tell Col. Ranald S. Mackenzie that his mother was the former white captive Cynthia Ann Parker. It fell to his longtime pursuer to inform Quanah that the woman, who had given him birth, was dead.
 
Wed
24
Feb

Marine from South Texas raised Iwo Jima flag

By Bartee Haile

A young marine from South Texas was one of six American fighting men caught on camera on Feb. 23, 1945 raising the Stars and Stripes on a Pacific battlefield called Iwo Jima. 

 

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Wed
24
Feb

University president sets campus carry policies

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — University of Texas at Austin President Gregory L. Fenves has adopted policies to implement Senate Bill 11, the campus handgun carry law that goes into effect on Aug. 1.  

 

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Wed
17
Feb

Rusk deserved more than second fiddle to Houston

By Bartee Haile

Thomas Rusk stepped out of Sam Houston’s giant shadow on Feb. 16, 1848 to give his first speech in the United States Senate, an impassioned defense of the Mexican War.  

 

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Wed
17
Feb

Supreme Court halts EPA pollution abatement rule

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Feb. 9 heralded the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 order that put on hold a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule requiring power producers to cut back on the release of pollutants emitted mainly from coal-burning operations.  

 

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