Columns/Opinions

Wed
23
Sep

Message must be sent after Planned Parenthood videos

By John Cornyn

Last November, the American people cast their votes for Republican candidates across the country. The results were undeniable: conservative majorities elected in both Chambers of Congress for the first time in a decade. And since January, the Republican-led Senate has been delivering real results for the American people. But what must not be overlooked is the critical work – often unheralded by the media – being done by the new majority to advance a culture of life and protect our most vulnerable: the unborn.

Wed
23
Sep

Poverty rate updated with census survey

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas’ poverty rate improved to 17.2 percent in 2014, according to U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey released Sept. 17. Embedded in that statistic is this: more than 4.5 million Texans — 1.7 million of whom are children — still live in poverty. In 2014, the poverty line for a family of three was about $19,000 per year. Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities, a non-partisan research and advocacy organization, said the poverty rate for Texas children of 24.6 percent remained unchanged from the previous year.

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.
 

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