TribTalk: All Articles is a digital forum for dialogue and debate about the day's news.en-usMon, 14 Oct 2019 05:00:01 +0000Beijing, Beijing, of thee I sing! <p>A poem.</p> Kevin McCaffreyMon, 14 Oct 2019 05:00:01 +0000 closures would impact an already vulnerable black population in Austin <p>School closures are often justified with a string of hyphenated descriptors &mdash; like &ldquo;under-utilized&rdquo; or &ldquo;under-enrolled&rdquo; &mdash; each of which speaks to an immediate need for administrative action. But no descriptor can quell the frustration of those expected to bear the brunt of a closed school, especially when it is inextricably tied to a legacy of racism.</p> Rickey LoweWed, 09 Oct 2019 05:00:01 +0000 World Mental Health Day, take 40 seconds <p>Forty seconds is enough time to make a difference that could save a life. It can also be the pivot point for a new national consensus that makes our communities happier, healthier, and more equal.</p> Dr. Octavio N. Martinez Jr.Tue, 08 Oct 2019 18:21:19 +0000 ContentSome progress on women’s justice in Texas — but more must be done <p>When we fail to provide incarcerated women with the health- and family-centered support they need, we compromise their ability to successfully shake the stigma of incarceration, hindering positive reentry into society and jeopardizing long-term community wellness.</p> Lindsey LinderTue, 08 Oct 2019 04:16:38 +0000 benefits from investing in safe pipelines <p>Texas has always led the nation in oil and gas innovation. We must use all the sensible tools within reach to maximize our abilities to safely and efficiently move our energy resources to consumer markets in the U.S. and to our allies around the globe.</p> Jim KefferTue, 08 Oct 2019 03:52:31 +0000 confinement is terrible, but so is regular prison <p>We should condemn all cages, not just those that we have been told are necessary because certain individuals are beyond redemption &mdash; monsters who must be kept out of sight, without access to the basic human needs of touch and conversation and some type of human contact. Solitary doesn&#39;t create monsters; society does. Solitary just hides our worst mistakes.</p> Jorge RenaudMon, 07 Oct 2019 05:00:01 +0000 and OrderI had a teacher who looked like me <p>It is imperative that my students feel like they matter, and that they are accurately represented in their classrooms. I want them to see someone who looks like them, shares similar experiences and provides authentic anecdotes to overcome the challenges they experience.</p> Shareefah MasonMon, 07 Oct 2019 05:00:01 +0000 EducationIt’s not just Austin. The state of Texas has a homelessness problem. <p>What do Austin, Dallas, Frisco, Houston, McKinney and Odessa all have in common? They are all dealing with homeless Texans. And while Austin is getting a lot of attention on this issue now, the truth is that many cities around Texas are struggling and have received little in the way of state and federal assistance.</p> Ed EspinozaFri, 04 Oct 2019 05:00:01 +0000 conversation began at TribFest. Let’s keep it going. <p>A number of folks approached us during the recent Texas Tribune Festival and asked, &ldquo;What is Texas 2036 all about?&rdquo;</p> <p>It&rsquo;s exactly the question we were hoping to hear. We explained that Texas 2036 is a nonprofit organization building statewide support for sustained, data-driven planning efforts. We are focused on the challenges and opportunities our state faces as it prepares for its bicentennial in 17 years &mdash; and the 10 million more people who will call Texas home by then.</p> Tom Luce and Margaret SpellingsThu, 03 Oct 2019 18:43:44 +0000 ContentExpanded broadband access lifts limits on human potential <p>With expanded broadband access you reap what you sow &ndash; a smarter, healthier, more prosperous Texas.</p> Dr. Steven E. Johnson, WGU Texas ChancellorWed, 02 Oct 2019 15:55:49 +0000 ContentTexas could suffer if the U.S. keeps out refugees like me <p>It&rsquo;s hard to imagine where I&rsquo;d be if the U.S. hadn&rsquo;t welcomed me, or if I&rsquo;d even be alive. And yet today, our country is welcoming fewer refugees than ever. Nationally, we&rsquo;ve reached the lowest level in nearly forty years, and Texas saw a&nbsp;79% decrease&nbsp;in refugee resettlement between 2017 and 2018.</p> Innocent BugingoMon, 30 Sep 2019 05:00:01 +0000 impeachment, a House scandal and the 2020 elections could bedevil Texas GOP <p>Amidst the historic national implications of the now all-but-certain impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, a renewed focus on questions of corruption and abuse of power in the White House threatens&nbsp;Republican Texas incumbents&rsquo; near-monoply of the state&rsquo;s political system.</p> James Henson and Joshua BlankThu, 26 Sep 2019 19:04:19 +0000 Walmart helps fight hunger in Texas <p>Do you know what it&rsquo;s like to be hungry? Really hungry? To live with the constant stress over how to pay for food? To not know where your family&rsquo;s next meal is coming from? To have to tell your children there is no dinner tonight?</p> Walmart.orgThu, 26 Sep 2019 12:17:24 +0000 ContentGov. Abbott should call a special session to address gun violence <p>More guns, particularly in the hands of those posing a risk to themselves or others, do not make us safer. We&rsquo;re asking the governor to join us in protecting the lives of our fellow Texans.&nbsp;</p> Hussain Lalani and Justin LowenthalThu, 26 Sep 2019 05:00:01 +0000 and OrderUpholding our right to self-defense <p>The countless lawful gun owners of Texas are passionate about defending their rights, and we know that there will be constant attacks from the left to limit them. We will continue to reject that narrative and to work alongside our elected officials to pursue policies that increase safety by respecting liberty.</p> James DickeyTue, 24 Sep 2019 05:00:01 +0000 despertar! The awakening — or how this cycle might finally wake the Latino vote <p>Pundits have long suggested the Latinx vote in Texas was a powder keg in Texas politics; strike the right political spark and it ignites an explosion. Yet, to date, the so-called sleeping giant has only slowly risen from its slumber.</p> Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo CortinaTue, 24 Sep 2019 05:00:01 +0000 to reduce waste in the kitchen <p>Food waste happens at every point in the food system, but more than 43% of it happens in our homes, according to ReFED.</p> ImperfectFri, 20 Sep 2019 11:08:20 +0000 ContentTexas Legislature making strides to protect patients <p>Don&rsquo;t let a lawyer be your doctor.</p> Dr. Christine L. CanterburyWed, 18 Sep 2019 14:40:11 +0000 ContentOvernight success: Yeah, that’s not a thing <p>Turning a struggling school into a good one requires systemic, long-term commitment from every educator, parent and community member. It does not happen overnight. It needs the support of the entire community, and mostly, it needs time.</p> Bibi Yasmin KatsevTue, 17 Sep 2019 05:00:01 +0000 EducationThe credible case for One Water <p>The US Water Alliance advances policies and programs that build a sustainable water future for all. &nbsp;</p> Cynthia and George Mitchell FoundationMon, 16 Sep 2019 16:04:38 +0000 Content