Columns/Opinions

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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Wed
18
Jun

What our country needs from the press, media

By Lee Hamilton.

There is a place for entertainment that plays off the news, but there is no substitute for dogged reporting and the traditional values of accuracy, truth and fairness.
These days, the scandal involving long wait times at VA hospitals can feel like some made-in-Washington spectacle generated by politicians looking for headlines. But it isn’t. It had its genesis in a late-April report on CNN that as many as 40 veterans may have died waiting for appointments at VA hospitals in Phoenix.
 
Wed
18
Jun

Senate panel addresses slowness of VA care

By Ed Sterling.
 
On June 12, the state Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations met in Pasadena, Texas, to get input from military veterans in the wake of the records falsification scandal at U.S. Veterans Affairs-run facilities. Also on June 12, Gov. Rick Perry recommended that slow service at VA facilities be remedied by allowing veterans to get health care needs met at non-VA facilities.

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Wed
11
Jun

EPA air pollution plan sparks reactions

By Ed Sterling.

AUSTIN — The Obama administration on June 2 publicized what it termed “the first-ever plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.” The plan, a set of proposed actions to be administered by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, states that, “cutting carbon emissions will help prevent up to 6,500 premature deaths and 150,000 asthma attacks among children.”
 

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