Columns/Opinions

Wed
22
Jan

Race to the White House in 2016 already getting ugly

by Brett Voss

As 2014 rolls into its fourth week, it looks like 2016 presidential politics have already begun. But the biggest question in January 2014 has become who will self-destruct first in the hot seat as early front runners - Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton or Republican Governor Chris Christie? What started as a mystery over a monster traffic jam has erupted into a multifaceted scandal for Gov. Christie of New Jersey, who was sworn in for a second term Tuesday just as he’s battling allegations of a pattern of political bullying.
 
Wed
15
Jan

It’s time to trust government again, but definitely verify

Lee Hamilton Former Congressman.

Wed
15
Jan

State railroad commission to hire seismologist

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — After meeting with Azle residents in a town hall style meeting last week, Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter called for his agency, which regulates the oil and gas industry, to hire a seismologist. Azle residents told Porter about the effects of earth tremors felt at their homes and businesses, and their ongoing safety concerns over seismic activity that has increased locally along with an increase in oil and gas industry activities over the last several years.
 

 

Wed
08
Jan

The big chill begins to heat up in nation’s capitol this week

By Brett Voss.

The big chill that swept the nation over the weekend slowed the government’s first day back at work when many elected officials struggled to return to Washington due to the weather. But once everyone makes their way to the nation’s capital this week, the climate with undoubtedly heat up. It will be back to business as usual as congressional Republicans and Democrats begin focusing on hot-button issues like Obamacare, unemployment and the minimum wage. And without a doubt, election-year politics will certainly shape an already limited agenda.
 
Wed
08
Jan

Abbott signs letter criticizing Sebelius, Obamacare

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius received a letter dated Jan. 2 from 10 state attorneys general, expressing concern over recent action related to the enforcement of the federal Affordable Care Act. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott signed the letter along with 10 other state attorneys general who united in claiming the federal Health & Human Services agency has proposed changes “that both compound illegal executive action and fail to protect the privacy of consumers using the health insurance exchanges.”
 

 

Wed
01
Jan

Obama wraps up 2013 with bipartisan statement

By Brett Voss.

For President Barack Obama, the political events of 2014 will go a long way toward determining his legacy for his two terms in office. And if the last move he made in a mostly disastrous 2013 proves to set the tone, Obama may still salvage his seriously damaged image and approval ratings before leaving the White House. Last Thursday, Obama signed into law a bipartisan budget deal softening the blow from scheduled spending cuts and a military bill cracking down on sexual assault. The two bills, passed by Congress with broad bipartisan support, constituted a modest step away from gridlock.
 
Wed
25
Dec

Ghost of cookies and cakes past

By Mike Cox.

With apologies to Charles Dickens, what haunts me as Christmas approaches each year is the Ghost of Cookies Past and its fellow chain-rattler, the Ghost of Cakes Past. In addition to enjoying pleasant childhood memories of 1950s and early ‘60s-vintage Christmases, back before tree lights twinkled and Santa had a smart phone, I can still smell my grandmother’s fresh-from-the-oven sugar cookies.
 
Wed
25
Dec

Pervasive malaise

By Dr. Genie Ellis.
 
My first degree was in sociology. When I see a trend, my ears perk up and my interest is piqued. At least four people have voiced the exact same concern to me lately, three of them in the last two days. Well, Zack’s sentiment is long-standing and well known. So he didn’t surprise me. He’s turning into a big curmudgeon.
 

 

Wed
18
Dec

Consider a different kind of giving this holiday season

By Roger Williams.

How will you celebrate the holiday season this year? Will you pack up the car and travel to spend time with loved ones? Will you wait in mile-long lines to get the perfect gift? Will you watch football and pray for a bowl game victory? The wonderful traditions of the Christmas season mean many different things to many different people. It is a season of joy, but also of excess – too much eating, too much shopping, too many to-dos. It seems each year our “busyness” gets in the way of celebrating the true reason for the season.
 
Wed
18
Dec

Comptroller reports estimate for state revenue amount

By Ed Sterling.

AUSTIN — Texas will have some $98.9 billion in general revenue for state budget makers to work with in the 2014-2015 biennium, according to Texas Comptroller Susan Combs’ revenue estimate. Combs delivered the estimate to Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, House Speaker Joe Straus and every member of the state House and Senate on Dec. 12. “This available revenue,” Combs said, “supports general revenue spending of $96.31 billion for the 2014-2015 biennium … producing an expected revenue balance of $2.58 billion.”
 

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