Human trafficking is a terrible and tragic industry, affecting every community across the country. Since 2012, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has seen yearly increases in reported cases, rising to 8,524 in 2017. Even so, this is a small fraction of the total estimated cases of human trafficking and exploitation that occur in our country every year.
If our state government truly intends to serve and protect the rights of all Texans, the state should end its baseless attack on the ACA and redirect its energy toward building on existing efforts to improve access to cost-effective health care for all Texans.
Now, on the 25th anniversary of the Waco Siege, agents admit horrible mistakes were made. They painfully lost some of their own. There is regret, a wish that someone had said “stop” to what agents call “go fever.” They wish they hadn’t played right into the hands of Koresh’s fateful prediction to followers that this fiery day would come.
Why do we have to sacrifice our community’s health for the promise of economic growth? Don’t we deserve to have jobs that don’t harm our people and land?
We need to act now to be prepared for the next drought — starting with putting less water on Texas lawns every day, not just during drought. Broad-scale adoption of outdoor watering ordinances could easily be considered a win-win-win, addressing landscape watering needs, the needs of cities and urban areas and the needs of the natural environment to sustain wildlife.
As I relive these memories in the light of the “Never Again” movement, I am reinvigorated in the belief that young people must be prepared to speak up effectively when the moment comes for them to be heard and they must know the long-term work that it will take to make lasting change.
The facts are undeniable: The number of lives lost and families and communities terrorized by gun violence continues to rise. And yet the White House, Congress and both Republicans running for Congress in the state’s 21st Congressional District are conceding the fight, demanding that we accept our violent present as another “new normal.”
A food desert is described as an area without a grocery store within one mile. Popular mythology is that these areas are all low-income, high-crime communities. But there are other truths.
School choice gives parents the power to decide where their child will be educated. This choice is critical because parents know their child best, and know which type of education better suits their child’s needs and learning style.
American citizens have a lot to lose if the U.S. withdraws from NAFTA. Instead, we must strive to strengthen and modernize this important agreement. Free trade has been a cornerstone of our economy’s success, and it is a philosophy that has proven time and again to be beneficial to our country and broader region. We would be wise to remember that.
On April 11, thousands of fifth graders across Texas will be subjected to a torture so cruel and unusual that the Texas Education Agency should be found guilty of a crime. What I’m referring to is a punishment known by an acronym that instills fear in the hearts of all teachers and students who hear it: STAAR.
Texas takes pride in being a state that is tough on crime, but we should also be proud of how we’ve made crime less tough on Texas taxpayers and police by reducing our prison population and cutting recidivism rates. Now it’s time to do even more to keep our streets safe and to give more Texans a second chance.
It’s time to design Texas schools to protect LGBTQ students, and to end the culture of silence that harms their health and wellbeing. It’s time for Texas to join the rest of the nation and stop condemning homosexuality as unacceptable and criminal. It’s time to repeal the No Promo Homo laws.
How this openly gay, pro-life, medical marijuana advocate found his home in the GOP.
Young people need timely, medically accurate information and quality care. Crisis pregnancy centers should not be allowed to deceive patients, lie about medical facts or pretend to be real medical facilities, and they certainly shouldn’t receive state funds to do so.
Congress is about to weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act by putting the onus on disabled people file written notices of obstructing barriers to business owners. The law would be unfair because it restricts disabled people from enjoying the same rights as everyone else to go to a public place, by removing the business voluntary compliance incentive.
Ship pilots have played a critical role in American commerce almost from our country’s beginnings. But the stakes of what today’s ship pilots are protecting have never been higher.
Roadway crash deaths, after a brief but sharp drop several years ago, are rising again. And before we jump on the self-driving bandwagon, let’s remember that automated vehicles — while they do offer the promise of safer daily travel — may not constitute a universal cure for the highway fatality epidemic, and certainly not anytime soon.
Like a storm system that takes shape offshore and gains momentum as it moves toward one’s home, the nationwide opioid crisis has made landfall in Texas and is predicted to take a terrible toll in lives lost before it’s over.
People of all political stripes came together to stop polio in its tracks. In the past, Americans understood that critical life-saving tools like vaccines are a part of our national responsibility. Just as our soldiers are fully vaccinated before they go to war, we citizens on the home front have, in the past, done our part to protect the public health and national security.