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Commentary: Why Hartnett White is dangerous for environmental council

With each new appointee to the Trump administration, it’s like the president is trolling us. Put someone who sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 14 times in charge of the agency? Check. Appoint a man who wanted to eliminate the Department of Energy as its head? Check. But you ain’t seen nothing yet. Trump’s newest choice for the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality &ndash...


Commentary: What the U.S. will lose after its withdrawal from UNESCO

Commentary: What the U.S. will lose after its withdrawal from UNESCO

“Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.” So begins the preamble to the Constitution of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. They were words written in 1945 by the American poet and playwright Archibald MacLeish, who served on the organization’s governing board at its founding...
Letters to the editor: Oct. 17, 2017

Letters to the editor: Oct. 17, 2017

The East Austin Coalition for Quality Education’s Equity by Design Forum emphasized to me that responsible citizens must do three things. First, we must remember that the goal of the Austin school district’s bond measure is to provide better schools for kids. Secondly, we must insist that the board and administration begin to not only have more discussion about equity issues but also to...
Commentary: Texas risks harm if it hands over our voter data

Commentary: Texas risks harm if it hands over our voter data

While our state political leaders take pride in bucking Washington, there is one area where they’re being cooperative to our detriment: They are willing to hand a federal commission a treasure trove of voter data going back a decade. Election officials were thankfully forced to pump the brakes recently after we sought help from the courts. But the fight isn’t over. The order blocking some...
Latinos had income gains, but not all the news is rosy

Latinos had income gains, but not all the news is rosy

Bladimira Martinez takes notes while her daughter and business associate, Yessenia Ramirez, conducts business in Pflugerville last month. Martinez recently started her own cleaning company after years of working for others at or near minimum wage. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN The headlines have been heartening lately for Latinos in Austin and across the country, at...
Herman: Twitter silence from Texas Tweeter Laureate

Herman: Twitter silence from Texas Tweeter Laureate

The commander-in-tweet has shut down and shut up the official Tweeter Laureate of Texas. Sad. Thanks for nothing, Trump, you grump. After eight years and just under 26,000 of the more entertaining tweets on the planet, Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett’s Twitter feed ceased and desisted a couple of weeks ago. Specifically, the de facto restraining order was issued Sept. 28 in a White House...
Industry jockeying to raise billboards sky-high

Industry jockeying to raise billboards sky-high

The State of Texas has drawn a line in the sky that limits the height of billboards along our highways. Unfortunately, many billboard owners regularly ignore it. A number of the billboards that are subject to state regulation exceed the current height limit of 42 ½ feet, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Ignorance is no defense since the permit application for every billboard...
Viewpoints: Texas should keep promise to Harvey-hit school districts

Viewpoints: Texas should keep promise to Harvey-hit school districts

State officials have promised Hurricane Harvey-affected school districts – some of which have yet to reopen their doors – that Texas will be there to help them rebuild safe and healthy communities for students and educators. It’s imperative that state leaders deliver on their promise to those most affected by Harvey’s epic destruction. Texas can’t afford to cut corners...
Commentary: Texas — all of it — belongs on the U.S. side of a border wall

Commentary: Texas — all of it — belongs on the U.S. side of a border wall

Every seventh-grader studying Texas History learns that in 1848, the boundary between Texas and Mexico was established at the middle of the Rio Grande River. So when a congressman from Texas, like Mike McCaul, advocates for a “border” fence and wall that would cede more than 50,000 acres of irrigated Texas soil back to Mexico, it makes me wonder whether he needs to recheck a map of the...
Commentary: Texas HHSC needs to stay focused on its vision

Commentary: Texas HHSC needs to stay focused on its vision

Recent articles by the Texas Tribune and Dallas Morning News have shown a light on the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), the agency charged with helping people and families with significant health care needs. Families like mine. Many HHSC staffers with deep institutional knowledge have left over the past year, while new leaders, some with little health services experience, have joined...
Commentary: What to expect from Trump’s ‘rolling coal’ plan

Commentary: What to expect from Trump’s ‘rolling coal’ plan

The Department of Energy and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) are currently debating a rule designed, in part, to subsidize coal-fired power plants that have struggled to compete with less expensive gas-fired, wind and solar generators in electricity markets. The Trump administration says the subsidies are necessary to ensure system reliability. They are not. Instead, this proposal is a...
Commentary: Amazon wants its HQ2 in utopia — and tax breaks, too

Commentary: Amazon wants its HQ2 in utopia — and tax breaks, too

Forget El Dorado, Brigadoon, the Emerald City, Seven Cities of Gold or Shangri-La. The city of Amazon, USA, is a shimmering on your horizon like a barely visible holograph from the future. Above it is a sign in otherworldly neon: All This Could Be Yours. Amazon is looking to locate a spanking new 50,000-employee headquarters somewhere in North America. To put the promise in perspective, it’d...
Commentary: Stop development deals. Get Amazon with the ‘Texas Model’

Commentary: Stop development deals. Get Amazon with the ‘Texas Model’

Austin is vying for Amazon’s impressive new “HQ2” — a second company headquarters that could supercharge the local economy with $5 billion in capital investment and 50,000 new, good-paying jobs. Landing the state-of-the-art campus would be nothing short of blockbuster. While Austin has much to offer and much to gain, it shouldn’t fall into the trap of proposing a mammoth...
Commentary: How a 20-year visa backlog sent our daughter back to India

Commentary: How a 20-year visa backlog sent our daughter back to India

My wife and I came to the United States nearly 20 years ago from India with our daughter, Himani — legally — in hopes of a better life and an aspiration to succeed and contribute positively to American society. Unfortunately, due to immigration laws, she was unable to stay in the United States due to massive backlogs. This is a problem that affects thousands of immigrant children. CONTINUING...
Herman: Smithsonian staff helps Harvey victims save family treasures

Herman: Smithsonian staff helps Harvey victims save family treasures

The big problems caused by Hurricane Harvey are still plain to see along Texas 35 in storm-ravaged, still-recovering Rockport. The crumpled buildings, boarded windows, tarp-topped houses and workers clearing debris and replacing utility poles are hard to miss. Table after table at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s State Disaster Recovery Center — a tent in the parking lot of an...
Commentary: Let’s stop blaming mental illness for mass shootings

Commentary: Let’s stop blaming mental illness for mass shootings

In the aftermath of the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, words like “demented,” “insane,” “sick” and “madman” peppered official responses, media coverage and public speculation. How else could we explain the tragedy in Las Vegas? But such loaded language obscures a simple fact: The majority of mass shooters do not have a diagnosed mental...
Commentary: Why we should talk about toxic masculinity and mass murder

Commentary: Why we should talk about toxic masculinity and mass murder

Although it is rarely mentioned in debates and conversations that happen in the aftermath of a mass shooting, the gender of the shooter is almost always male. In fact, 98 percent of all mass murders are men. While conversations on how to best address the mass shooting epidemic in the U.S. tend to focus on gun control or mental illness, discussions rarely ever address the role that toxic masculinity...
Will Amazon’s HQ2 home be the old Motorola campus?

Will Amazon’s HQ2 home be the old Motorola campus?

Eightfold Development of Austin has proposed its campus in East Austin for Amzaon’s HQ2 headquarters and envisions a main building in the shape of Amazon’s Alexa cloud-based voice device. Austin is cited as one of the key cities for Amazon’s secondary headquarters, known as HQ2, that the company wants to build somewhere in North America. But even if the...
Herman: Who’s that man on the Confederate seal in the Capitol rotunda?

Herman: Who’s that man on the Confederate seal in the Capitol rotunda?

Today, we have a topical “What Is That?” that’s really more of a timely “Who Is That?” It comes from a longtime Austinite who finds this newspaper a dependable daily source of information, entertainment, personal enrichment and health insurance: Me. Here’s the deal. Recently, while hanging out in the Capitol rotunda, I asked a random passerby if he could...
Commentary: Universities, not FBI, should clean up college basketball

Commentary: Universities, not FBI, should clean up college basketball

The “dark underbelly of college basketball” has now been exposed. For years, the limelight of March Madness has thrilled millions of college basketball fans. Yet, a history of shady recruiting practices and the exploitation of young men who dream of playing in the NBA has remained in the shadows. Recently, the FBI and Joon Kim, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, dropped...
Commentary: Why scapegoating the Red Cross won’t lead to change

Commentary: Why scapegoating the Red Cross won’t lead to change

I believe good journalism can drive change, but the way some journalists cover disaster recovery — and particularly, the way they are scapegoating the American Red Cross — will negatively influence the way we respond to disasters and hinder improvements that could lead to more efficient rebuilding and more lives saved. Rather than dive deeper into an extremely complicated issue, these...
Commentary: Let’s view science as a powerful tool, not as a threat

Commentary: Let’s view science as a powerful tool, not as a threat

It is alarming that many members of society distrust science and question its value and validity. Advances in science are increasingly central to how we experience life, what drives the global economy and how we find reliable evidence to support decisions. Science will continue to impact our lives in the decades ahead. If the public and our leaders continue to have an inadequate appreciation of what...

Opinion: Trump taking important step for religious freedom

Arguing for protection of religious freedom, the Trump administration has opened the door for employers to withdraw from the Affordable Care Act mandate requiring them to provide birth control coverage at no cost to employees. Under new rules issued by Department of Health and Human Services, religiously affiliated institutions that find the requirement opposed to their religious principles, or nonreligious...
Commentary: What the NRA is hiding with phony bump stock concession

Commentary: What the NRA is hiding with phony bump stock concession

I’ll say it up front: My husband and I both carry Texas concealed handgun licenses. My husband is a lifetime member of the NRA. But, I have a confession to make: Over the last couple of years, I have been hiding the NRA magazine when it comes into the house each month. When my husband has forgotten about it, I sneak it into the recycling bin. Why? I do not want anything related to the NRA in...
Commentary: Why Border Patrol’s subjective decisions threaten safety

Commentary: Why Border Patrol’s subjective decisions threaten safety

While DACA has claimed the loudest role in a game of immigration-policy chess, less talked about is the Customs and Border Patrol’s effort to hire 5,000 new agents. With recruitment efforts spanning NASCAR and bullfighting events, CBP hopes to increase the number of agents by 25 percent. But when two out of three Border Patrol applicants fail a polygraph test, and with harsh workplace environments...
Herman: Superman rappelling. What’s wrong with this picture?

Herman: Superman rappelling. What’s wrong with this picture?

I’m proud of this newspaper. Despite unprecedented challenges, the American-Statesman continues to do fine work in covering day-to-day doings and in time-consuming investigations about an impressive variety of topics. OK, that ought to inoculate me with the bosses as I launch into some workplace introspection intended to be constructive. It is important that words and images in this paper reflect...
John Young: The NRA and its prostitution ring

John Young: The NRA and its prostitution ring

The Denver Post’s top headline, after one of the gun lobby’s very best customers killed 59 people from above, read thusly: “NRA supports restriction.” Yes, the top story was what the NRA might do after all that killing. It wasn’t, “Congress admits cowardice in the face of carnage.” It wasn’t, “President lifts thumb to avert next slaughter.&rdquo...
Commentary: Book considers Trump’s mental health. Let’s discuss our own

Commentary: Book considers Trump’s mental health. Let’s discuss our own

A new book, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President,” has just hit the bookstores. It is drawing attention both for its topic and because it breaks the taboo against mental health professionals speculating on the mental health of a public figure. And yet, when Sen. John McCain announced that he had brain cancer, medical specialists...
Commentary: America’s peeling back Obama administration red tape

Commentary: America’s peeling back Obama administration red tape

There is nothing quite like the power of American ingenuity and innovation. Nowhere in the country is there a better example of economic growth and empowerment on display than right here in Texas. A primary reason for that? Freedom. Specifically, there is simply less government intrusion into the daily lives of families and businesses because we believe when government gets out of the way, Texans...
Viewpoints: Central Texas has incentives — but what can Amazon return?

Viewpoints: Central Texas has incentives — but what can Amazon return?

With the deadline approaching, Austin and Central Texas leaders are scrambling to put together a proposal for wooing Amazon to the region, knowing they are competing against upwards of 200 cities in the U.S. and Canada for a project so huge — $5 billion — it’s considered an economic transformer for the community that lands it. It’s no wonder then that the competition has turned...
Commentary: Texas must right the wrongs of civil forfeiture process

Commentary: Texas must right the wrongs of civil forfeiture process

Gerardo Serrano is suing U.S. Customs and Border Protection for taking his truck and keeping it for over two years without providing judicial review. Unfortunately, his situation is not unique. That’s why Serrano teamed up with the Institute for Justice and filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of himself and others who were similarly wronged. Two years ago, Serrano was driving his nearly new...
Commentary: Risk of ‘unity’ is that the discomfort will be swept away

Commentary: Risk of ‘unity’ is that the discomfort will be swept away

NFL owners have locked arms with players, and Jerry Jones took a knee. Media accounts celebrated “unity” and “solidarity.” Sports Illustrated has now declared the sports world to be “united.” Sparked by characteristically outrageous comments from President Donald Trump, players, coaches and owners alike insist that they will not be divided. As inspiring as this...
Commentary: Let’s both reduce gun violence and protect gun rights

Commentary: Let’s both reduce gun violence and protect gun rights

I am an NRA member, and I don’t want my children or grandchildren to be shot and killed. Neither do millions of both gun advocates and gun-control proponents. As a nation, we’ve been conditioned to feel we must overwhelm, out-vote, or out-scream those we see as opponents. Our real enemy is neither the right nor the left; neither advocates of gun rights or gun control. The real enemy in...
Commentary: Why renewable energy’s rising use challenges grid integrity

Commentary: Why renewable energy’s rising use challenges grid integrity

Most people never think about electricity. We just assume when we flip the light switch or charge our laptops, power will be available. But behind the switches and outlets in our homes and places of work is a huge and complex infrastructure that helps ensure the reliability and resilience of the electric power grid. To produce power, we have to convert another form of energy into electricity. Coal...
Commentary: Texas’ cost of defending discrimination is simply too much

Commentary: Texas’ cost of defending discrimination is simply too much

Democracy costs. To be sustained, it requires time, deliberation and constant vigilance. These costs are high enough. But some states are manufacturing additional costs to undermine our democracy. Texas’ dogged defense of its racially discriminatory voter ID law is a prime example. For the fourth time in three years, a federal court has declared Texas’s voter ID law racially discriminatory...
Commentary: How did Heidi Group use millions? Texas women need answers

Commentary: How did Heidi Group use millions? Texas women need answers

Last year, Texas awarded $7 million in state contracts to the Heidi Group. Under the terms, the anti-abortion organization with no experience providing health care services was supposed to work with subcontractors to provide family planning and reproductive health care to 68,000 low-income Texans. Over a year later, having so far received nearly $1 million in state funds, the Heidi Group has failed...
Herman: Something screwed on was screwed up on the MoPac project

Herman: Something screwed on was screwed up on the MoPac project

It is with excitement and the promise of better commutes to come that I note Saturday’s scheduled opening of the second and final section of the northbound toll lane on MoPac Boulevard. The southbound lanes also should open during your lifetime, depending on how your most recent annual physical went. As a regular user of MoPac, I’ve been vexed by the oft-delayed, oft-cursed construction...
Castillo: The beat goes on at ACL — with changes after Vegas carnage

Castillo: The beat goes on at ACL — with changes after Vegas carnage

Time was when the rockin’ rite of passage known here simply as ACL brought with it mundane concerns, like getting your hands on a pricey ticket, fighting choked traffic to get there, and putting up with extreme heat or dust once you got in. Braving the elements took on new meaning in 2009, when heavy rain turned Dillo Dirt on the Zilker Park grounds into a soupy slog. It would have been comical...
Jimmy Carter: What I've learned from North Korea's leaders

Jimmy Carter: What I've learned from North Korea's leaders

As the world knows, we face the strong possibility of another Korean war, with potentially devastating consequences to the Korean Peninsula, Japan, our outlying territories in the Pacific and perhaps the mainland of the United States. This is the most serious existing threat to world peace, and it is imperative that Pyongyang and Washington find some way to ease the escalating tension and reach a...
Commentary: Texas has a labor shortage. Who will rebuild our state?

Commentary: Texas has a labor shortage. Who will rebuild our state?

Now that it has been more than a month since Hurricane Harvey brought destruction and devastation to Houston and the Texas coast, it is time to rebuild and heal. According to Gov. Greg Abbott’s estimates, rebuilding may cost upward of $180 billion. Some estimates suggest more than 200,000 homes were damaged by the storm, and countless businesses and commercial properties need repair. As the...
Commentary: Capitol complex project creates opportunities for Austin

Commentary: Capitol complex project creates opportunities for Austin

The lonely stretch of Congress Avenue between the Texas Capitol and the University of Texas offers very little to entice anyone — unless, of course, you enjoy a good Railroad Commission hearing. But that area could become something very different: a vibrant, tree-lined civic space that is open to everyone. As laid out in the state’s Capitol Complex Master Plan, the new Texas Mall is envisioned...
Commentary: Texas and Italy — a friendship spearheading into the future

Commentary: Texas and Italy — a friendship spearheading into the future

When the president of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, visited the United States in February 2016, he decided to stop in Texas as a testament to the outstanding contribution that the Lone Star State has made and continues to make to the economic, scientific and technological success of the union. During his visit, the president underscored the key role Texas plays in advancing the boundaries...

COMMENTARY: Reformers: Be ready when your time comes

Reformers are by nature impatient. But historically their victories have come from long, sustained efforts that began in periods when conservatives were dominant. Many aspects of Franklin Roosevelt’s program were first advanced during the administrations of Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover. They reached fruition when the political atmosphere changed. In his book on the great progressive Fiorello...

Opinion: Is war with Iran now inevitable?

With his declaration Friday that the Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest, President Donald Trump may have put us on the road to war with Iran. Indeed, it is easier to see the collisions that are coming than to see how we get off this road before the shooting starts. After “de-certifying” the nuclear agreement, signed by all five permanent members of the Security Council,...

Letters to the editor: Oct. 15, 2017

Re: Sept. 24 article, “Is Austin the landlocked surf capital of the world? Some say yes.” A recent Statesman article highlighted an inland surfing park in Austin that doesn’t rely on boats. It would be great if all the wake surfers on Lake Austin were to take their sport over to the surfing park. Wake surfing relies on really big wakes generated by large boats, often weighted down...

Opinion: Trump’s scary strategy on North Korea

On just the first day of a war between the United States and North Korea, according to a Stanford University assessment, 1 million people could be killed. Yet after my five-day visit to North Korea with three New York Times colleagues, such a nuclear war seems terrifyingly imaginable. In the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, it was clear that President Donald Trump’s threat to “totally...

Trump’s appeal to evangelicals is timely and welcomed

President Trump addressed this year’s annual Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. He is the first sitting U.S. president to do so. The Values Voters Summit is hosted by the Family Research Council, an organization whose mission is addressing public policy and culture from a Christian point of view. Its base is largely evangelical Christians, and this is why President Trump deemed it appropriate...
INSIGHT: With ride-hailing apps, should Americans stop owning cars?

INSIGHT: With ride-hailing apps, should Americans stop owning cars?

Every day, there’s more news about the inevitable arrival of autonomous vehicles. At the same time, more people are using ride-hailing and ride-sharing apps — and the percentage of teens getting their driver’s license continues to decline. Given these technologies and social changes, it’s worth asking: Should Americans stop owning cars? We’ve conducted an analysis of...

Letters to the editor: Oct. 18, 2017

Re: Oct. 12 commentary, “Herman: Superman rappelling. What’s wrong with this picture?” Ken Herman must need work. His write-up demeans the Austin Police Department’s voluntary rappelling effort to put a smile on ill children at Dell Children’s Medical Center on Superhero Day. According to Mr. Herman, it could possibility traumatize the children for many years. I am sure...

Letters to the editor: Oct. 16, 2017

Barbara Jordan was the chair of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform from December 1993 until her death in 1996. She said: “Immigration, like foreign policy, ought to be a place where the national interest comes first, last, and always.” In 1995, testifying before Congress she said: “To make sense about the national interest in immigration, it is necessary to make distinctions...

Opinion: ‘Scalia Speaks’ a collection that teaches about civility

I knew the late Justice Antonin Scalia a little, and like millions of others, I was an avid fan of his jurisprudence, the great bulk of which he produced after I was no longer a law student, so much the worse for me. Reading opinions as a law student was often like trying to swallow great bowls of sawdust — without milk. Very few judges can write well. On the rare occasions when I came across...
Dan Brown, Rupi Kaur top best-sellers lists

Dan Brown, Rupi Kaur top best-sellers lists

NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLERS FICTION 1. ‘Origin,’ Dan Brown 2. ‘Sleeping Beauties,’ Stephen King and Owen King 3. ‘Manhattan Beach,’ Jennifer Egan 4. ‘A Column of Fire,’ Ken Follett 5. ‘Don’t Let Go,’ Harlan Coben 6. ‘The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye,’ David Lagercrantz 7. ‘The Cuban Affair,’ Nelson DeMille...
Holocaust survivor Edith Eger writes memoir with integrity, conviction

Holocaust survivor Edith Eger writes memoir with integrity, conviction

Mental health professional Edith Eger braids stories of her patients’ epiphanies with her own personal journey through Nazi Germany in “The Choice.” As a Holocaust survivor and clinical psychologist, 89-year-old Eger is often introduced to her audiences at speaking engagements as “the Anne Frank who didn’t die.” Her poignantly crafted memoir is a meditation on two...

Opinion: Auto industry has glamorous past but opaque future

DETROIT — Bending metal, slapping on chrome and marketing an empowering product and status marker that mesmerized 20th-century America, the automobile industry typified the Old Economy, of which General Motors was emblematic. As was its bankruptcy. Today, GM’s CEO Mary Barra is wagering that the industry soon will be manufacturing New Economy products. They will incorporate technologies...

Opinion: GOP is finally, sorta, willing to admit the obvious

Yes, he’s childish and incompetent. Is that really news by now? But of course, it wasn’t that assessment of Failed President Trump that made jaws drop over the weekend so much as it was the person making it. Meaning Sen. Bob Corker, who unleashed an extraordinary barrage of contempt on Twitter and in a New York Times interview. The Tennessee Republican referred to the White House as an...

Letters to the editor: Oct. 14, 2017

Don’t tell me that recent “guns on campus” legislation didn’t contribute to the shooting at Texas Tech University because the perpetrator was too young for a concealed handgun license. The law was another societal statement that guns are OK. Don’t tell me that allowing guns on campus levels the playing field by permitting innocent people to defend themselves. A trained...
INSIGHT: In Las Vegas, excess and fantasy bleed into tragedy

INSIGHT: In Las Vegas, excess and fantasy bleed into tragedy

In Sin City, people often do bad things to themselves. Rather than deal with their lapses – moral, financial, marital – there’s a ready-made marketing slogan to fall back on: “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” It’s a way of permitting yourself to indulge, and Vegas casinos – built on a manic dynamic of gambling, sex and food consumption – make their...

Letters to the editor: Oct. 13 2017

An open letter to Jeff Bezos: Please protect LGBTQ Amazon employees from the Texas Legislature, Texas Supreme Court, Lt. Gov. Patrick and Gov. Abbott by not bringing Amazon HQ2 to Texas. The Texas Supreme Court held that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage legal doesn’t include publicly funded benefits to LGBTQ spouses. The Texas Legislature passed a law that allows faith-based...

COMMENTARY: Heading back to the days the Birchers

“Some people say I’m extreme,” an Indiana tea party leader told The New York Times at the height of the movement’s rebellion in 2010, “but they said the John Birch Society was extreme, too.” Uh-huh. The society, which still exists, enjoyed its heyday in the early 1960s and saw Communists everywhere. Robert Welch, its founder, even cast President Dwight Eisenhower...

Opinion: Trump embraces the culture war

To attend the Indianapolis Colts game where the number of the legendary Peyton Manning was to be retired, Vice President Mike Pence, a former governor of Indiana, flew back from Las Vegas. With him in the stadium was wife Karen. In honor of Manning, she wore a No. 18 jersey as “The Star Spangled Banner” began. The Pences stood, hands over hearts. A dozen San Francisco 49ers took a knee...
INSIGHT: Have big cities hijacked the gentrification debate?

INSIGHT: Have big cities hijacked the gentrification debate?

In July, a group of long-time, mostly Latino residents of Los Angeles’s Boyle Heights neighborhood staged protests outside a trendy new coffee shop called Weird Wave Coffee, holding signs that read “Amerikkkano” and “WHITE COFFEE.” Across the country in Brooklyn’s rapidly gentrifying Crown Heights neighborhood, locals lashed out over a new restaurant with decor...

Letters to the editor: Oct. 12, 2017

Football players respectfully kneel when another player is hurt. It follows that when our country is hurting because of discrimination, they “would take a knee” as a plea for healing. They have not turned their backs nor taken any other disrespectful actions. Kneeling has not ever been a disrespectful gesture — and it should not be considered one now. Why has no one mentioned that...

Opinion: Inside N. Korea, and feeling the drums of war

PYONGYANG, North Korea — To fly into North Korea on an old Russian aircraft is to step into an alternate universe, one in which “the Supreme Leader” defeats craven U.S. imperialists, in which triplets are taken from parents to be raised by the state, in which nuclear war is imminent but survivable — and in which there is zero sympathy for U.S. detainees like Otto Warmbier....

Weinstein just the latest revealed pig of liberalism

If you are surprised by the news that Harvey Weinstein of Miramax fame, a man well-known for profane tirades and physical altercations, is also the sort of charmer who loafs around seminude while asking subordinates for “back” massages, then you can be surprised by just about anything. Weinstein’s response to The New York Times’ impressive investigatory work was to issue a...

Letters to the editor: Oct. 11, 2017

I am a long time Red Cross volunteer. Over the years, I have worked disaster relief operations in Texas and around the country — and no place does a better job of taking care of folks when disaster strikes than we do here in Austin and Travis County. During Hurricane Harvey, I observed city and county operations in the Emergency Operations Center, the Austin Convention Center, numerous Austin...
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