Columns/Opinions

Tue
22
Mar

Paxton seeks halt to regional haze rules

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on March 18 asked an appeals court to prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from implementing new regional haze regulations until a trial of the state’s pending lawsuit challenging the new rules. Paxton filed the 328-page motion in the New Orleans-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

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Tue
22
Mar

Before you reject the system, understand it

By Lee Hamilton

Politicians who insist on purity impede solutions. There ought to be a healthy tension between idealism and realism; we have to find a pragmatic way to combine them. It’s challenging to reach agreement on complicated issues, but it’s necessary to keep the country from coming apart.

If there’s a theme that sets this political season apart, it’s the voters’ utter disdain for most of the people who practice politics. They’re fed up with politicians, they’ve lost faith and confidence in the political elite, and they don’t believe that the realm where politicians ply their craft — government — works.

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Wed
16
Mar

Full Fifth Circuit to hear Texas voter ID case

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — The entire U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will review Texas’ controversial voter identification law. A majority of the judges of the Fifth Circuit on March 9 voted in support of an “en banc” rehearing of oral arguments in Veasey v. Abbott, a case challenging the law. No date for the rehearing has been set.

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Wed
16
Mar

Disgraced politician tries to settle the score

By Bartee Haile

Mar. 14, 1882 was the date and the Dallas County courthouse was the place a former mayor of three Texas towns chose to have it out with the man he blamed for his latest fall from political grace. It was no coincidence that James Thurmond went out west in the late 1850’s. Like other youths of draft age, the Kentucky native wanted to put as many miles as possible between him and the soon-to-come Civil War.

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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.
 

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