Columns/Opinions

Wed
11
Jun

A better tomorrow begins with education

By Greg Abbott.

The opportunity for a better tomorrow begins with education. To continue to grow jobs here and educate the workforce of tomorrow, we must ensure every student graduates prepared to succeed. As governor, I will return control of our schools to the districts and the communities served. I will improve parental involvement by expanding transparency and choice. I will ensure teachers have the training they need to succeed and that they are being led by the most effective principals.
 
Wed
04
Jun

Why we should still have faith in Congress

By Lee Hamilton.
 
From the perspective of decades, there is good reason to believe that Congress can and will do better.
It’s depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans’ utter disdain for Congress. But it’s my encounters with ordinary citizens at public meetings or in casual conversation that really bring me up short. In angry diatribes or in resigned comments, people make clear their dwindling confidence in both politicians and the institution itself.
 
Wed
04
Jun

Lieutenant governor’s challenger wins runoff

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — Republican voters picked Dan Patrick to face Democrat Leticia Van de Putte in the race for lieutenant governor in November. Patrick received 65 percent of the vote to incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s 35 percent in the May 27 runoff. Sen. Patrick, R-Houston, and Sen. Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, have seven years and 15 years of experience, respectively, as members of the 31-member Senate. Van de Putte ran unopposed in the March Democratic Party Primary.

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Wed
28
May

Keeping Texas on the right road as population grows

By Roger Williams.
 
Experts say the population of North Texas could grow from seven million to nine million by 2035. Similarly, the city of Austin is considered the fastest-growing large city in America, with its population of nearly one million growing by an average of 110 new residents every day. With this level of enormous growth, a major focus of local, state and federal officials is how to accommodate this boom – from our schools to our businesses to our roads.
 
Wed
28
May

Big posts at stake in state primary runoffs

By Ed Sterling.

Early voting ended May 23 and Tuesday, May 27, was state primary election runoff day. Voting records available to the public at the Office of the Secretary of State show that turnout is historically low for mid-term primaries and even lower for primary runoff elections. But what’s different about this set of runoffs — and something that should stimulate voter turnout — were the powerful offices at stake.
 
Wed
21
May

Get ready for more of the same from Congress on Capitol Hill

By Lee Hamilton.
 
Congressional inaction is spurring states and big-city mayors to try to fill the national power vacuum by going ahead with their own minimum-wage measures, tax increases, and other initiatives designed to legislate where Congress won’t. I felt a brief surge of hope about Congress a few weeks ago. It was returning from Easter recess, and Capitol Hill was filled with talk about immigration reform, a minimum-wage bill, a spending bill to keep the government operating, and maybe even funding for transportation infrastructure.

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Wed
21
May

Speaker wants highway fund for transportation only

By Ed Sterling.
 
House Speaker Joe Straus on May 14 said the Texas House of Representatives would propose a budget next year that uses all of the money in the state highway fund for transportation instead of sending chunks of it to other state agencies. Taxes and fees such as the gas tax and fees on drivers’ licenses go into the state highway fund to pay for transportation, but for almost 80 years, Straus explained, some of that money has helped fund agencies that are not directly related to transportation.

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Wed
14
May

Life full of incentives to become a ‘big loser’

By Carol Spicer.
 
Recently I was talked into signing up for the county “Big Loser” program at Goodall-Witcher Fitness Center and all I could think was – yeah, right. But sometimes one learns that incentives can be found anywhere. By simply cutting out the snacks, I managed to lose almost three pounds in the first week. Of course it helped that I was busy “working out” with mowing, weed-eating, cleaning, and doing all the normal spring chores – but eating right was simply easy to do, too.
 
Wed
14
May

Decision upholds prayer in public meetings

By Ed Sterling.
 
Governmental bodies’ right to begin meetings with a prayer — so long as the prayer does not favor a particular religious denomination — was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision rendered May 5. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott reacted to the decision in Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway et al.

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Wed
07
May

The Supreme Court Justices and the scramble for cash

By Lee Hamilton.

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