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.
The “Texas Miracle” may be under a threat far graver than a faltering energy sector: failing schools.
As we take the long road to recovery after Hurricane Harvey, we must prioritize our financial decisions on ensuring our beloved communities are protected from future natural disasters.
Could you stand in my shoes and tell my students, who have only known the U.S. as home, that they don't belong in this country?
The nativist posturing of President Donald Trump and Texas’ enactment of Senate Bill 4 have caused fear and great anxiety for Latinos in the United States.
Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to not call a special session of the Texas Legislature to access emergency funding for Hurricane Harvey recovery will worsen the long-term economic effects of one of the most powerful storms to ever land on our shore.
After Hurricane harvey battered Texas and Louisiana, we have set aside our differences to focus on helping the region recover. But can’t also help but wonder how we can make these events more manageable in the future.
Excuse me for bragging: S. Roosticus Fischer of my law firm was just nominated by “Lawyers of Distinction” for ranking in the Top 10 percent of all American attorneys. Unbeknownst to the presenters, Shasharoosticus, although very special, is... my dog.
Progressives who make exceptions for Washington over Lee — both of whom participated wholly in the system of slavery even if only one of them had the opportunity to go to war in defense of the institution — is to my mind entirely bizarre. It is as though we might separate the “good” slaveholders from the “bad” slaveholders. Can there be such a thing as a good slaveholder?
In reality, trees minimize flooding, prevent erosion, reduce energy costs, raise property values and improve air quality. Some research indicates that they may even help keep crime rates low. Irresponsible tree removal threatens neighboring properties, but it can make big bucks for builders and developers.
Some argue that Confederate monuments are symbols of Southern pride. Whose pride? Certainly not the millions of African-Americans who suffered under slavery. Certainly not their descendants, who still face indignity, injustice, terror and violence because of our country’s thriving racist attitudes, systems and institutions.
The Elder Financial Protection Law, which takes effect in September, sets new standards to combat financial scams and abuse. It enables others, including financial advisors, to step forward to protect seniors when they see something is amiss.
Whites chose Confederate symbols for their unmistakable meaning: black slavery, white supremacy, and disregard for federal law. By erecting these memorials, local whites indicated their devotion to racial hierarchy and their willingness to violate federal civil rights policies, especially school integration.
Many conservatives are against comprehensive sex education, noting the skyrocketing rates of teen pregnancies in the early 60’s and believing that teaching contraceptive use gives teens mixed messages. Liberals, on the other hand, urge that education is the key to reducing teen pregnancy and disease. Surely there is ground where both sides can meet for respectful dialog.
With the spotlight now clearly on the platform goals and the need for the Legislature to make those a reality, we can and should expect much greater results in the next legislative session on unresolved issues. I am proud of the engaging role the party played during this special session and am grateful to all the Texas Republicans who fought hard for the principles of liberty and limited government in order to make Texas an even better place for everyone.
One would think that all people descended from European, Caucasian immigrants would be too ashamed to appear in a rally like the one in Charlottesville, Virginia. “Unite the Right” rallies are nothing more than the descendants of immigrants espousing bigoted, anti-immigrant viewpoints.
All in all, UT-Austin is a "university of the first class," and the UT System does rather well considering its level of funding, its size and complexity and its many well-funded competitors.
After 29 bonus days at the Texas Capitol, lawmakers headed back to their districts without having accomplished much. That’s good news, because Gov. Greg Abbott’s 20 priorities mostly would have harmed Texans.