Columns/Opinions

Wed
23
Jul

Is this country doomed to political polarization?

By Lee Hamilton.
 
We face complex problems. To find solutions, we must be willing to exercise the values of representative democracy: tolerance, mutual respect, accepting ideological differences, working to build consensus.
We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don’t much like the way it’s performing. The reason for this dissatisfaction is clear. Polls in recent years detail a polarized nation, divided both ideologically and politically. This is, as the Pew Research Center put it recently, “a defining feature of politics today.”
 
Wed
23
Jul

Lt. Gov. Dewhurst appoints first woman to Senate Finance chair

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on July 17 appointed Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, as chair of the powerful, state budget-writing Senate Finance Committee. The two-year state budget totals close to $200 billion. Nelson, the first woman in the history of the state to chair the committee, called the appointment “a tremendous honor and responsibility” and pledged that under her leadership the committee would “keep the Texas miracle moving full steam ahead.”

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Wed
16
Jul

Country faces crisis at the Tex-Mex border

By Roger Williams.
 
The immigration crisis unfolding in Texas and the southern border is a tragedy – one that presents complex issues with limited options. Since last October, more than 162,000 people, at least onethird who are children, have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America. That’s more than a 100% increase from the previous year, and Border Patrol data indicates it has soared over 1,000% since 2009.

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Wed
16
Jul

Perry, Obama meet for border security discussion

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — As unaccompanied minors and mothers with children and from Central American countries continued to cross the border into Texas, President Barack Obama met with Gov. Rick Perry on July 9 in Dallas to discuss how to address the situation.

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Wed
09
Jul

Panel gets input on population influx at Texas-Mexico border

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — A U.S. House Homeland Security Committee field hearing titled, “Crisis on the Texas Border: Surge of Unaccompanied Minors,” was conducted in McAllen on July 3. Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw was among those who testified. He said unaccompanied Central American children are continuing to make the journey to the United States through Texas in record numbers; and - U.S. Border Patrol detention facilities in the Rio Grande Valley and elsewhere are overwhelmed;
 
Wed
09
Jul

VA scandal lessons learned

The crush of demand for VA services in the wake of two wars was easily foreseeable, had Congress been on its toes. Legislators must exercise their oversight responsibilities more diligently, so as to catch problems before they mushroom. Like other federal scandals before it, the mess involving VA hospitals has followed a well-trod path. First comes the revelation of misdoing. Then comes the reaction: a shocked public, an administration on the defensive, grandstanding members of Congress.
 
Wed
02
Jul

The Potomac & the Brazos

By Lois Korkhorst.

Americans hold a special place for Independence Day each July 4th. Fireworks, barbecues and picnics are in our DNA. If you’re a Texan, you have the unique opportunity and honor of celebrating your independence twice. Along with the national Independence Day, we also have Texas Independence Day every March 2.
 
Wed
02
Jul

Detention facilities swell with young border crossers

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — Streams of unaccompanied Central American children continued to make their way north, crossing the United States border into Texas where federal custody awaits. Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus earlier this month jointly announced authorization for the Texas Department of Public Safety to spend $1.3 million a week to fund security operations on the border.

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Wed
25
Jun

Texas must lead at the Mexican border

By Brian Birdwell.
 
Last Wednesday, Governor Rick Perry, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus directed the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to immediately increase its efforts to secure our porous southern border. In an expansion of the successful ‘Operation Strong Safety,’ the DPS will implement a widespread surge of law enforcement along the Texas-Mexico border in an effort to halt those seeking to illegally enter the United States.

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Wed
25
Jun

Top officials order surge to secure Texas-Mexico border

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus on June 18 jointly directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to begin law enforcement surge operations on the Texas-Mexico border. “To combat the flood of illegal immigration into the state in the absence of adequate federal resources to secure the border” was the reason given by Perry, Dewhurst and Straus.

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