Columns/Opinions

Fri
31
Jul

A rose by any other name...

Many years ago the Texas Department of Public Safety made a request of newspapers and media outlets. The request was to stop using the word ‘accident’ and instead replace the word with ‘collision’ when reporting on collisions, especially those that involved a fatality. Many of my fellownewspaper editors all protested the request stating citing reason after reason to ignore the request and the debate ragged on for two years. Among the top reason was no one likes to be told what to do by the government. I agree with that, I don’t like being told what to do, but I read the request carefully and in my opinion it was reasonable request. This was not an order but a polite request and one to this day I still follow.

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Fri
31
Jul

Capitol Highlights

Gov. Greg Abbott on July 22 issued a statement regarding the arrest and  death of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old Illinois resident who had driven to Hempstead in response to a job offer from Prairie View A&M University. On July 10, Bland was pulled over by a state trooper, arrested and placed in the Waller County jail in Hempstead. Three days laterBland was found dead in  her jail cell. Local authoritiesconducted an autopsy and reported suicide as the cause of death. Bland’s family ordered an independent autopsy.

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Fri
24
Jul

Governor’s order enhances readiness on military bases

Gov. Greg Abbott on July 18 authorized Adjutant General John Nichols of the Texas National Guard to arm personnel at military facilities across Texas. Abbott’s action comes following the July 16 shooting  on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., that resulted in the deaths of four U.S. Marines and one U.S. Navy sailor.
 
Fri
24
Jul

In the face of domestic violence

It is a very hard subject to write about and even harder to talk about. Domestic violence in the United States in 2014 reached  into the homes of close to 10 million Americans, women as well as men. To this day it is considered a major public health crisis.
 
Fri
17
Jul

Cog in ‘Murder Machine’ gets 4 years for 300,000 lives

By Dennis Phillips
Oskar Groening is in his 90’s but as a much younger man has been found guilty of accessory to murder. Groening has been called the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz” and was responsible for collecting and reporting all confiscated monies from the Jews to Berlin during the holocaust. While this may be the last of the Nazi trials, Groening was sentenced to four years in prison for his part in the murder of more than 300,000 Jews. The Nazi party killed more than 1 million Jews at Auschwitz during WWII.
 
Fri
17
Jul

Comptroller says state will not borrow to meet budget

By Ed Sterling
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on July 7 announced his decision not to go the usual route to insure that Texas meets its budgetary obligations. The state’s chief financial officer explained that every year for the past three decades the state has issued a Tax Revenue Anticipation Note to deal with “periodic mismatches” between revenues and expenditures during the fiscal year and “anticipated mismatches” that result from the state’s providing nearly 50 percent of its payments to local school districts in the first three months of the fiscal year.
 
Fri
10
Jul

Subway’s Jared Fogle under fire by media as FBI look for child porn

By Dennis Phillips.
It’s a great headline that sells; here are my favorites from this week. 1. CNN - Authorities search Subway pitchman Jared Fogle’s home. 2. FOX News - Feds, police search home of Subway pitchman Jared Fogle 3. USA Today - Police raid home of Subway pitchman Jared Fogle 4. ABC News - Subway Spokesman Jared Fogle’s Home Searched by FBI
 

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Fri
10
Jul

High court puts Texas abortion law on hold

By Ed Sterling
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote on June 29, granted a stay preventing revisions to the state abortion law made by the Texas Legislature in 2013 from taking effect on July 1. The stay will remain in effect while the court is on hiatus. When it reconvenes in October, the court will decide if the issues at stake in the Texas case, Whole Woman’s Health (and others) v. Cole, merit further review. Voting to deny the stay were Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito.

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Fri
03
Jul

Officials react to decision on federal health care law

Pursuant to a 6-3 decision by the United States Supreme Court on June 25, health insurance policies will stay on course for Texans who secured coverage through a federally facilitated exchange under the U.S. Affordable Care Act.
 
Fri
03
Jul

Though no laughing matter but it’s kind of funny

The world according to Webster’s Dictionary: Marriage — noun 1. The legally or formally recognized union of a man and a woman (or, in some jurisdictions, two people of the same sex) as partners in a relationship. “a happy marriage”
 

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