Columns/Opinions

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.”
 
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.
 

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