Columns/Opinions

Wed
07
May

Toyota selects Plano for North America headquarters

By Ed Sterling.
 
Toyota Motor Corporation on April 28 announced its decision to locate the headquarters of Toyota Motor North America headquarters to Plano. Toyota said the move is “designed to better serve customers and position Toyota for sustainable, long-term growth.”

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Wed
30
Apr

Child abuse in Texas: Things have changed

By Greg Abbott.

In recent months, there have been many news stories resulting from cases – both nationally and here in Texas – which focus on the failures within our justice system in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases, particularly child sexual abuse, in the early 1980s and 90s. Like most Americans, I find myself heartbroken for the victims who did not receive the justice and healing they deserved, and equally troubled by instances involving wrongful convictions resulting from bad evidence, usually resulting from the compromised statement of a child victim or witness.
 
Wed
30
Apr

State officials jump into river boundary case

By Ed Sterling.
 
When a temperamental river with mud banks and sand bars defines the border between two states or two countries, there’s a natural potential for conflict between humans on both sides of it. And so, a 140-acre plot of land along the Red River border between Texas and Oklahoma became a growing news topic last week.

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Wed
23
Apr

Government as innovator? You bet!

By Lee Hamilton.

Both government and industry are needed to solve big problems. Collaboration puts us in a stronger competitive position than either sector acting alone. Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion. People who believe in public belt-tightening applaud drops like that. I understand why: there are many reasons to reduce government spending. But in this case they’re wrong. We need to boost the government’s investment in R&D, not slash it.
 
Wed
23
Apr

City of West receives additional disaster grant

By Ed Sterling.
 
AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry on April 16 granted a request by the city of West for an additional $4.8 million in disaster grant assistance for recovery efforts in the West fertilizer plant explosion that occurred April 17, 2013. Fifteen people were killed in the explosion, more than 160 were injured and more than 150 buildings were reported damaged or destroyed in the town of about 2,800 people, 20 miles north of Waco. Perry’s office said the grant is to help the city of West repair and rebuild infrastructure damaged or destroyed by the blast and assist with other important projects in the affected area.

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Wed
16
Apr

LBJ Presidential Library hosts civil rights summit

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — President Barack Obama and former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush spoke at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library’s Civil Rights Summit, held April 8-10 in Austin. The summit marked the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s efforts culminating in Congress’ passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Johnson’s signing the bill into law on July 2, 1964.
 
Wed
16
Apr

American heroes deserve better

With more than 1,667,000 veterans, Texas is home to the second largest veteran population in the United States. I hear from North and Central Texas veterans almost daily. They tell me about the bureaucratic nightmares they have encountered when dealing with the Veterans Administration (VA) to get their disability claims processed or to appeal a VA decision.
 
Wed
16
Apr

LBJ Library hosts civil rights summit

AUSTIN — President Barack Obama and former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush spoke at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library’s Civil Rights Summit, held April 8-10 in Austin. The summit marked the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s efforts culminating in Congress’ passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Johnson’s signing the bill into law on July 2, 1964.
 
Wed
16
Apr

Disability claims: Our heroes deserve better for price paid

With more than 1,667,000 veterans, Texas is home to the second largest veteran population in the United States. I hear from North and Central Texas veterans almost daily. They tell me about the bureaucratic nightmares they have encountered when dealing with the Veterans Administration (VA) to get their disability claims processed or to appeal a VA decision.
 
Wed
09
Apr

Americans deserve better performance from government

By Lee Hamilton.

Americans want to see better performance from their government. Where to start: cut the number of political appointees, reduce layers of management, reform the civil service, and rein in costly outsourcing.
In 1965, the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Wilbur Mills, brought legislation establishing Medicare and Medicaid to the floor of the U.S. House. That was my first year in Congress, and I remember vividly the moment when Mills came to the Democratic caucus to explain his plans.
 

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