Just over 70,000 of the Texans in eighth grade in 2006 have earned degrees from Texas colleges. But nearly 100,000 people move or immigrate to Texas each year with college credentials. We are importing talent when we should be doing a better job cultivating it here at home.
Short-term rentals have been part of Austin neighborhoods for more than a century. They have never been a problem. The ability through the internet to easily connect owners and guests in a free market environment hasn’t changed that.
By applying the concept of a shared economy to our public transit, we may find new solutions to our mobility problems. Essentially, we need an “Uberization” of public transit services to transform how we approach transportation issues.
Now, more than ever, a lifeline is needed for those inside and outside of flood zones, and it already exists: Family Support Home Visiting programs.
Students who have been sexually assaulted need their universities to be able to quickly respond to their allegations and to put protections in place that make it possible for them to stay in school without being forced to sit in classrooms with or live in close proximity to their assailants.
Along with the rest of America, as the five former living presidents individually watched Hurricane Harvey pound the Texas Gulf Coast and the approaching Hurricane Irma, they decided that they must answer the call and collectively do something to help — immediately.
History is history and the people in it are both good and bad. Erecting a statue acknowledging the deaths and great tragedy of the Civil War and the many Texas families ravaged by the conflict is not the same as condoning or advocating slavery.
The work is challenging and the conversations can be difficult, but that’s always been the case. And, we’re not backing down from our work to foster an open, welcoming and inclusive state for businesses, their employees and their families.
Long-standing policies allowing construction in Houston's high-risk floodplains — coupled with the paving over of wetlands — have increased the region's vulnerability to major storms like Hurricane Harvey.
In its recovery after Hurricane Harvey, Texas can be a national leader in showing that society and infrastructure can adapt to changing conditions.
Hurricane Harvey delivered chaos and calamity up and down the most populous parts of Texas' Gulf Coast. The state is resourceful and will be up to the task of recovery, but there could be some self-inflicted challenges impeding that recovery.
The losses from disasters are felt personally by families and communities. We have much to do after Hurricane Harvey, but we are off to a good start in helping affected Texans get the tools they need to rebuild.