Columns/Opinions

Wed
08
Oct

Front-running candidates appear in broadcast debate forums

By Ed Sterling

Texans interested in who their next governor and lieutenant governor will be witnessed major party candidates for those offices engage in live, one-hour broadcast debates last week. Fellow state Sens. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and Dan Patrick, R-Houston, opponents in the race for lieutenant governor, faced off in Austin on Sept. 29. Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, and Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott competed on stage in Dallas on Sept. 30, each striving to succeed longtime Gov. Rick Perry as the state’s chief executive.
 
Wed
08
Oct

November elections won’t resolve anything

by Lee Hamilton

Unless the recent election talk of bipartisanship and finding common ground becomes a reality, dysfunction and lack of productivity in Congress is likely to continue. Members of Congress are home now, campaigning for the upcoming elections. Their messages are all over the map, and for a good reason: they have very little to brag about.
 
Wed
01
Oct

Gearing up 4-H, breast cancer awareness month

We had a great showing at The Showdown on the Bosque in Clifton this past weekend. It was a great time. Thanks to all those involved for working so hard to make it possible. The 4-H year is starting to get into full swing this week with events like showing and judging at the State Fair and The Heart of Texas Fair. Projects, contests, and clubs, including Junior Master Gardeners, Consumer Decision Making, Shooting Sports, and Food Challenge are also starting this month.
 
Wed
01
Oct

Recognize teen dating violence, digital abuse

by Greg Abbott
 
In today’s world, teenagers’ daily activities and social worlds often revolve around cell phones, texting and instant messaging, watching and creating online videos, and social networking sites. While so many of these great technological innovations are positive, there can be risks for teenagers – risks like digital dating abuse. Digital dating abuse is perpetrated when a teenager uses technology like texting and social networking to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate a boyfriend or girlfriend. The most common digital abusive tactics involve utilizing technology to harass a partner’s friends, tamper with a partner’s social networking account, stalk a partner, embarrass a partner or send degrading messages to a partner.
 
Wed
01
Oct

Clifton eyes open week, district opener

By Brett Voss
 
When the Clifton Cubs hit the road to play a high school football game in Bosqueville last Friday night, they quickly found themselves in a track meet. And once the dust cleared, speed killed the Cubs. Bosqueville senior Greyson Gonzalez scored four touchdowns to more than counter three scores by Cub senior running back Jaren Brooks as the Bulldogs ran past Clifton, 48-27, in the final non-district tuneup for both teams.
 
Wed
01
Oct

Top candidates debate this week with election on the horizon

By Ed Sterling

A debate scheduled Sept. 29 pits Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and Dan Patrick, R-Houston, two state senators who are vying to succeed David Dewhurst as lieutenant governor in 2015. Van de Putte, a pharmacist in private life, has served in the Senate since 1999. Patrick, a radio talk show host, was first elected to the Senate in 2009. Whoever wins will preside over the Senate.
 
Wed
24
Sep

Abbott, Davis answer questions in McAllen gubernatorial debate

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — With less than six weeks until election day on Nov. 4, the first of two scheduled gubernatorial debates was held in the Rio Grande Valley city of Edinburg on Sept. 19. Democratic Party nominee for governor Wendy Davis, a state senator from Fort Worth, and Republican Party gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott, Texas attorney general, fielded questions from Carlos Sanchez, editor of The Monitor, a daily newspaper in McAllen, and Telemundo’s McAllen news anchor Dalila Garza. Abbott and Davis responded to questions for 60 minutes on topics such as border security, economic development, education and education funding, abortion and visions of the future.

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Wed
24
Sep

President, Congress should work together

by Lee Hamilton

Our Constitution makes the President the commander in chief, yet gives Congress the ability to declare war. By giving a role to each branch, it clearly considers the use of force to be a shared decision. In his speech last week outlining his plans to use military force against the jihadists of the Islamic State, President Obama gave Congress only passing mention. “I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL,” he said. “But I believe we are strongest as a nation when the president and Congress work together.”
 
Wed
17
Sep

Our privacy not for sale in Texas

by Greg Abbott

The Texas Attorney General’s Office works constantly to protect Texans’ privacy. Two bankruptcy cases we recently intervened in are illustrative of that effort. Most Texans are unaware that the personal information they provide during their interactions with a business may one day have potential value in a bankruptcy asset sale. Fortunately, the skilled lawyers at the Attorney General’s Office are familiar with this reality – and know how to spot a potential problem before it’s too late.
 
Wed
10
Sep

This is the summer of our discontent

By Lee Hamilton.
 
There is great unease in the land — concern about economic inequality, disgust with scorched-earth politics in Washington. But the long reach of our history teaches that when an aroused public forces political leaders to focus on finding solutions to problems, we can overcome differences and make progress.
Despite these last few months of hot and lazy days, it’s been hard not to notice a cold political wind blowing through the country. The magazine Foreign Affairs captured it with its latest cover, a mockup of a travel poster featuring a crumbling U.S. Capitol with the tagline, “See America: Land of Decay and Dysfunction.”

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