Columns/Opinions

Wed
02
Apr

Vietnam veterans monument placed at state’s capitol

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — Forty-one years after the last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam, the new Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument was dedicated in a March 29 ceremony attended by a crowd of thousands, including veterans, active duty military, families, friends and relatives. Some 3,417 Texans died or are unaccounted for in Vietnam, according to the State Capitol Preservation Board.

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Wed
26
Mar

As grim as things seem now, ailing Congress can be fixed

Lee Hamilton Former Congressman.

These are hard times for Congress. Its approval ratings have seen a bump from their historic lows of a few months ago, but it’s a small one. Our representative democracy’s keystone political institution is widely derided as ineffective, unproductive, irrelevant, and sadly out of touch. It is no coincidence that this comes while Congress has developed a taste for so-called “unorthodox lawmaking,” wandering far outside its traditional procedures. That’s why I would argue that as grim as things seem now, there is a fix for what ails Congress.
 
Wed
26
Mar

Dept. of Public Safety creates center to protect children

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Public Safety on March 18 announced the creation of the Texas Crimes Against Children Center within the agency’s Texas Rangers Division. The stated goal is to protect children through the collection and dissemination of vital intelligence, investigative support and cooperation with victim-assistance counselors by “providing support to local, state and federal partners on investigations related to missing and exploited children, the trafficking of children, child abductions and other high-risk threats to children.”

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Wed
19
Mar

Legal tips to consider in approach to tax season

Greg Abbott Texas Attorney General.

With the April 15 federal income tax filing deadline fast approaching, many Texans will undoubtedly encounter billboards, emails and direct mail that advertises tax preparation services. As with any contractual agreement, Texans should carefully read the fine print before entering into a financial transaction involving their income taxes. Taxpayers who understand the nature of these agreements are more likely to make informed decisions that just might save some of their hard-earned money.
 
Wed
19
Mar

Voting proved to be light turnout for Texas primaries

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — Looking back at the March 4 primaries, Texas boasted 13,601,324 voters registered in time to cast a ballot. An estimated nine percent of the overall number of registered voters (about 1.3 million) voted in the Republican primary and four percent (500,000) voted in the Democratic primary. Runoffs between the top two vote-getting candidates in a number of contests are scheduled for Tuesday, May 27, the day after the federal holiday, Memorial Day.
 

 

Wed
12
Mar

Where Congress falls short, and where it doesn’t

Lee Hamilton Former Congressman.

Wed
12
Mar

Federal court rules on same-sex marriage

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — Texas’ March 4 primary night returns confirmed Greg Abbott and Wendy R. Davis as nominees for governor. Abbott, current state attorney general, got 91.5 percent of the statewide vote in the GOP primary. Davis, a state senator from Fort Worth, got 79 percent in the Democratic primary. “Ray” Madrigal of Corpus Christi got 21 percent.
 

 

Wed
05
Mar

Federal court rules on same-sex marriage

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — In the final week before Tuesday, March 4, Primary Election Day, candidates put on final pushes in hopes of getting enough votes to be their party’s nominee for the general election in November. A ruling by a San Antonio federal court on Feb. 26 moved a hot-button issue front and center, giving candidates a last-minute opportunity to delineate their stand.
 
Wed
05
Mar

It’s time for Americans to lead with friendly trust, enemy fear

Roger Williams U.S. Representative - Texas District 25.

The Washington Post summed it up best when it said President Obama’s foreign policy is based more on how he thinks the world should work rather than reality. With self-imposed ‘red lines’, empty threats to foreign dictators in Syria, Russia and Venezuela, and a fantasy-based worldview, it’s no wonder our allies hardly trust us and our enemies do not fear us. Russian President Vladimir Putin has long disdained the United States and the West in general. His foreign policy stems from Russia’s imperatives of being a nuclear and global superpower.
 
Wed
26
Feb

There’s an alternative to the Imperial Presidency

Lee Hamilton Former Congressman.

The march toward presidential unilateralism, whether the president is a Democrat or a Republican, dangerously undercuts our constitutional system.
In his State of the Union speech to Congress last month, President Obama drew widespread attention for pledging to use his executive authority to advance his priorities. He insisted he intends to act with or without Congress, and listed well over a dozen actions he plans to take by executive order. “Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families,” he said, “that’s what I’m going to do.”
 

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