Columns/Opinions

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.
 
Wed
09
Apr

State officials respond to Fort Hood shooting

By Ed Sterling.
 
A Fort Hood soldier brought a civilian semiautomatic pistol to the sprawling military post 60 miles north of the Capitol city on April 2 and opened fire, killing three fellow service members and wounding 16 others before turning the .45-caliber weapon on himself. The suspect, Specialist Ivan Lopez, 34, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound reportedly after a female military police officer confronted him.

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Wed
02
Apr

Protecting Texas’ military bases for possible closings

By Greg Abbott.

Texas must be prepared to protect our military bases from closing. I have a plan to do that. Our state has a long and storied military history. For more than a century, Texans have had a prominent role in defending the nation, sending our sons and daughters to fight on foreign fields of battle in Europe, Asia, Africa and Central America. My brother, Gary, proudly served in the Navy for 20 years until retiring as a commander.
 
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.

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