Columns/Opinions

Wed
20
Jan

Birthday hell, part 2

By Genie Ellis Zacharias 

My last column described some holiday difficulties. Fate isn’t finished with us yet, it seems. As my late, ex-father-in-law used to quip, “If you ain’t got no problems, you ain’t got no business”

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Wed
20
Jan

Paxton files brief supporting religious non-profit groups

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Jan. 11 filed a friend-of-the court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of 20 states supporting the right of religious nonprofits to exercise religious beliefs. A news release from Paxton said the brief filed in regards to the case, Zubik v. Burwell, results from a consolidation of several cases before the court. The Texas attorney general’s office previously had filed briefs in two of those cases.
 
Wed
13
Jan

Birthday from hell

By Dr. Genie Ellis
 
I “celebrated” a birthday a short time ago. A big one, the kind for which parties are sometimes thrown in one’s honor. But not this time. This wasn’t the best birthday I ever experienced. Celebrating a holiday or milestone is difficult after a death in the family. Many of us have sadly dealt with this example of horridly bad cosmic timing, not that there’s ever a good time to experience a loss.

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Wed
13
Jan

Governor proposes slate of amendments to constitution

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 8 unveiled his “Texas Plan,” a document promoting the passage of nine constitutional amendments “to rein in the federal government and restore the balance of power between the States and the United States,” he said.

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Wed
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.” 

 

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