Opinion


Two Views: Smith dodges criticism behind cold comfort of a telephone

A representative is elected to represent us. But how can U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith do this when he will not meet with us or listen to us? Where is Lamar Smith? He does not hold town meetings. He does not let us know when he is in Austin. We are his constituents. Yet he routinely votes against our expressed interests. Is he not interested in knowing what is important to us? Most recently he joined in the...


Kathleen Parker: Poor everyone

Kathleen Parker: Poor everyone

WASHINGTON — Eventually, everyone in this town seems to wind up with the word “poor” in front of his or her name. Such a fate is especially likely if one has associated with Donald Trump. As in, Poor Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He is latest to the firing line that has included such formerlys as FBI Director James Comey, national security adviser Michael Flynn and acting-Attorney...
Commentary: Trump didn’t give Scouts a speech. It was a political rally

Commentary: Trump didn’t give Scouts a speech. It was a political rally

Like many young Americans, I grew up attending weekly meetings as a member of Troop 405 in my hometown of Georgetown. I loved my time in Scouts. We went on amazing trips. Over many years, I learned the values Scouting instils in America’s youth. After reading over President Trump’s transcript and watching highlights of his Jamboree speech on Monday, I have to say that the president does...
David Brooks: How cool works in America today

David Brooks: How cool works in America today

If you grew up in the 20th century, there’s a decent chance you wanted to be like Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Humphrey Bogart, Albert Camus, Audrey Hepburn, James Dean or Jimi Hendrix. In their own ways, these people defined cool. The cool person is stoical, emotionally controlled, never eager or needy, but instead mysterious, detached and self-possessed. The cool person is gracefully competent...
Milbank: Jared Kushner’s only excuse: He has no idea what he’s doing

Milbank: Jared Kushner’s only excuse: He has no idea what he’s doing

WASHINGTON — Do you have a problem — trouble at work, relationship stress, or just some really hard math homework — that you can’t resolve on your own? You should turn to the man who is fixing problems for more than 300 million Americans. You should ask Jared Kushner. President Trump does it. When he needed somebody to negotiate peace in the Middle East, he asked Kushner. When...
David Leonhardt: GOP support for Trump starts to crack

David Leonhardt: GOP support for Trump starts to crack

Again and again over the past year, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan have had to decide what kind of behavior they are willing to tolerate from Donald Trump. Again and again, McConnell and Ryan have bowed down to Trump. They have mumbled occasional words of protest, sometimes even harsh ones, like Ryan’s use of “racist” last year. Then they have gone back to supporting Trump. The capitulation...
Commentary: Texas is trying to stop abortions. We’ll sue it again.

Commentary: Texas is trying to stop abortions. We’ll sue it again.

Last week, Texas clinics — led by Whole Woman’s Health and represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood — came together to sue Texas over its latest attempt to undermine a woman’s right to access abortion. If that story sounds familiar, it’s because it is. Just over a year ago, I was the lead plaintiff in a historic Supreme Court victory: Whole...
Commentary: What the Bastrop oil spill says about effective regulation

Commentary: What the Bastrop oil spill says about effective regulation

On July 13, at around 9 a.m., more than 50,000 gallons of crude oil spilled out of a Magellan Midstream Partners pipeline near Bastrop and forced 15 nearby families to evacuate their homes. A contractor had accidentally punctured the line during normal maintenance. About 100 responders quickly descended on the scene, including members of state and federal agencies, emergency responders and Magellan&rsquo...
Commentary: Dan Patrick’s school ‘reforms’ are a lesson in hypocrisy

Commentary: Dan Patrick’s school ‘reforms’ are a lesson in hypocrisy

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick rose to power through the tea party — a movement that stands for conservative values of personal freedom, local independence and local control of schools and curricula. Patrick’s latest list of education “reforms” — none of which made the cut for him in the regular session — directly contradict these values. Patrick proposes pay raises for teachers...
Adler: Expanding convention center an opportunity to meet local needs

Adler: Expanding convention center an opportunity to meet local needs

The city has long grappled with three downtown-related questions: whether to expand the convention center; how to adequately address the growing homeless population; and how to keep its local music and cultural arts vibrant. Last week, Mayor Steve Adler announced a strategy that would help provide answers to those questions. Adler’s idea would leverage tourism dollars to address homelessness...
Commentary: Why Iran is positioned to dominate the Middle East

Commentary: Why Iran is positioned to dominate the Middle East

By aligning the U.S. with Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump is foolishly looking only to the short term. Iran is already the most influential country in Iraq. Its ally, Hezbollah, is the greatest force in Lebanon. Together, they are the primary reason why Bashar al-Assad is holding on in Syria. Iran is behind the rebellion in Yemen. Its influence is growing in Afghanistan. Iran’s vision of...
E.J. Dionne Jr.: Trump’s election commission lacks integrity

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Trump’s election commission lacks integrity

WASHINGTON — President Trump had some remarkable things to say at the inaugural meeting of his Commission to Promote Voter Suppression and Justify Trump’s False Claims, which is formally known as the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. He also asked a question that deserves an answer. Lest anyone believe Vice President Pence’s claim that “this commission...
Charles M. Blow: The Kook, ‘the Mooch’ and the Loot

Charles M. Blow: The Kook, ‘the Mooch’ and the Loot

On Friday, a “president” with no political experience brought on a communications director with no communications experience. Trump tapped Anthony Scaramucci, a Wall Street snake investment huckster, to be the new communications director, a move that caused press secretary Sean Spicer, who The New York Times reported “vehemently disagreed with the appointment,” to resign. So...
John Young: Choosing ‘Trumpism’ over, um, governing?

John Young: Choosing ‘Trumpism’ over, um, governing?

Newt Gingrich told a gathering the other day that state and local leaders should embrace “Trumpism.” Not surprisingly, he did not define his terms. Racism? Sexism. Infantilism? Whatever. The former House speaker, whose greatest gift to democracy – correction, to Democrats – was to shut down government in 1996, observes the wreckage Trump wreaks in Washington and sees a movement...
Two Views: Texas tree ordinances are eminent domain in all but name

Two Views: Texas tree ordinances are eminent domain in all but name

During the current special session, the Texas Legislature will address the seemingly simple question: Who owns the tree in your backyard? Nearly 50 municipalities in Texas have ordinances preventing landowners from removing trees from their private property without receiving the city’s permission — and they often require property owners to pay a fee to mitigate the loss of trees. Gov....
Commentary: Pursuit of health care reform shouldn’t be Sisyphean

Commentary: Pursuit of health care reform shouldn’t be Sisyphean

In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was condemned to ceaselessly roll a giant stone to the summit, only for it to roll back down. In trying to fix health care, we Americans are like Sisyphus — and it’s a little painful to witness the strenuous futility. First, let’s look back to see how our health care system evolved. Every U.S. president throughout the 20th century had universal health...
Commentary: How everyone ignores the biggest driver of property taxes

Commentary: How everyone ignores the biggest driver of property taxes

Property taxes are a red-hot topic this summer in Texas. More than 20 related bills have been filed for the Texas Legislature’s special session. But a fundamental problem — the appraisal system — has been largely ignored. In fact, our state’s deeply flawed mass appraisal process is a major driver of the rapid increase in tax bills. First, there’s the sheer volume of properties...
Commentary: How Abbott could introduce regulatory agencies to reality

Commentary: How Abbott could introduce regulatory agencies to reality

Seldom has a regulatory agency become so thoroughly discredited as the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, with seven high-ranking officials resigning in the last few weeks. Not only were agency officials caught boozing it up with the very industry they were supposed to be regulating, they also got smacked down for the overzealous and baseless prosecution of the state’s largest liquor chain...
Two Views: Let’s count the ways Texas loses without tree ordinances

Two Views: Let’s count the ways Texas loses without tree ordinances

Ever since it became evident that the Texas Legislature’s special session would include a targeted attack on tree protection, TreeFolks has been inundated with calls and emails from across Texas. Clearly, the public — including many legislators — have questions about the impact of proposed bills reversing tree ordinances. In short, the proposals — House Bill 70, and Senate...
Opinion: This isn't the first U.S. opiate-addiction crisis

Opinion: This isn't the first U.S. opiate-addiction crisis

The U.S. is in the throes of an "unprecedented opioid epidemic," the Centers for Disease Control reports. The crisis has spurred calls for action to halt the rising death toll, which has devastated many rural communities. It's true that there's an opioid epidemic, a public health disaster. It's not true that it's unprecedented. A remarkably similar epidemic beset the U.S. some 150 years...
Herman: The Texas Senate, while you were sleeping

Herman: The Texas Senate, while you were sleeping

Three things for which I don’t want to be in charge of explaining to the space monkeys when they arrive here from the planet Nipzor: 1. How come sometimes the guy who gets the second most votes gets to be president. 2. How Texas managed to lose to Kansas in football last season 3. Why, on the third day of a 30-day special legislative session, the Texas Senate convened at 12:08 a.m. Thursday...
Commentary: Texas ignored vaccination bills. Why parents should worry

Commentary: Texas ignored vaccination bills. Why parents should worry

As the last days of Texas’ regular legislative session were winding down, the number of measles cases in Minnesota was heading upward. It continues to grow: There were more than 70 cases as of last week, most of them among unvaccinated children in the state’s Somali population. More than 20 of them were so severely ill they required hospitalization. Texas isn’t Minnesota —...
Commentary: Amendment would make Texas shoulder more school funding

Commentary: Amendment would make Texas shoulder more school funding

Upon receiving their property tax notices, Texas homeowners seem ready to channel Peter Finch in the 1976 movie “Network” by throwing open their windows and yelling, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” But at whom should that ire be directed? Some wolves in sheep’s clothing at the Texas Capitol are pointing their fingers at your locally...
Commentary: Paxton should consider the harm of ending DACA’s success

Commentary: Paxton should consider the harm of ending DACA’s success

Last week marked a special moment in my life: On July 14, I celebrated 20 years in the United States — all as an undocumented immigrant. But for the last four years, I’ve been a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient. Because of DACA, I have been protected from deportation and have had access to a work permit that has allowed me to begin my career and contribute to my...
Commentary: With North Korea, there’s danger of losing a war by winning

Commentary: With North Korea, there’s danger of losing a war by winning

North Korea has warned of a war with the United States and the capitalist “puppet” state of South Korea. President Donald Trump has been bellicose in tweets about North Korea’s missile tests and nuclear arsenal and has spoken of a surgical strike against its bases. Meanwhile U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis warns that North Korea’s response would lead to “probably...
Milbank: What will Callista Gingrich do as ambassador to the Vatican?

Milbank: What will Callista Gingrich do as ambassador to the Vatican?

WASHINGTON — Let us consider the qualifications of President Trump’s nominee to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Holy See: one Callista Gingrich of Virginia. She is a former clerk on the House Agriculture Committee. She is the author of children’s books about an elephant named Ellis. She sings in the choir at the Basilica of the...
Kathleen Parker: Repeal and regroup

Kathleen Parker: Repeal and regroup

WASHINGTON — It wasn’t quite a wicked-witch-is-dead Munchkin happy dance, but the white noise of foregone conclusions drowned out Republicans’ relatively muted regret over their failure to repeal and replace Obamacare. It was never gonna happen. Not no how. Partly this is because the GOP version of reform would have first done harm to our most vulnerable citizens — the elderly...
Ruben Navarrette Jr.: Congress’ do-nothing immigration bills

Ruben Navarrette Jr.: Congress’ do-nothing immigration bills

SAN DIEGO — Immigration is a major league policy challenge. But Congress, having recently passed a pair of bills that will accomplish nothing, is stuck playing in the minors. There are many risk-averse members of the legislative branch who prefer simple ideas over doing the hard things that might put them at odds with donors or anger constituents. The result: scores of lawmakers — most...
Jack Hunter: How Tucker Carlson opened the GOP foreign policy debate

Jack Hunter: How Tucker Carlson opened the GOP foreign policy debate

“Is Tucker Carlson the new king of cable news?” asked Forbes in late May. Carlson, the conservative pundit who in recent years was most recognized as the founder of the right-leaning website The Daily Caller, was Fox News’ choice to replace the popular Bill O’Reilly when he departed in April in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal. Since then, ratings have not only held...
John Young: ‘The Gang That Couldn’t Lie Straight’

John Young: ‘The Gang That Couldn’t Lie Straight’

“The prosecution calls Rhona Graff.” Rhona — that’s the name. If Robert Mueller knows what he’s doing, Rhona will play the role of Rosemary — Rosemary Woods — in the 2017 remake of that immense thing that toppled a president in 1974, in what HBO’s John Oliver has dubbed “Stupid Watergate.” Woods was the White House secretary asked to explain...
Herman: Austin pioneers resting in peace in ABIA flight path

Herman: Austin pioneers resting in peace in ABIA flight path

Welcome to the latest installment of “What Is That?” Today we’re off to a cemetery in a highway interchange. So that’s kind of different. Today’s inquiry comes from Austinite Sherry Statman who thinks she’s come across bodies buried near the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Maybe you’ve seen them, too, kind of a final resting place on final approach...
Herman: Bad day at the Capitol for Texas Democrats, more to come

Herman: Bad day at the Capitol for Texas Democrats, more to come

Thanks, Democrats, for showing up for Tuesday’s opening day of the oh-so-special legislative session, but it looks like you’ll be just a minor speed bump as the Republicans steer the state even farther to the right. Despite the tension in the Capitol, things got off to an amicable start in the upper chamber as a bipartisan gaggle of senators chatted about grandkids — Sen. Jane Nelson...
Commentary: Repeal of Obamacare removes mental health safety net

Commentary: Repeal of Obamacare removes mental health safety net

The U.S. has been on a punishment binge for the past 50 years. We have the largest prison system and the highest rate of incarceration in the world. The invoice for all of this is about $1 trillion per year for our criminal justice system — plus the collateral social and economic costs that follow it. The recent recession that devastated the economy and drastically diminished tax revenue stimulated...
Commentary: How Trump travel ban can complicate visas, foreign travel

Commentary: How Trump travel ban can complicate visas, foreign travel

President Donald Trump continues to push forward with his plans for “extreme vetting” of foreign travelers to the United States. In addition to the reinstatement of the order banning travel to the U.S. for foreign nationals from six predominately Muslim countries, Trump also signed an executive order that will slow down the visa issuance process for all tourists, business travelers and...
Commentary: Public support for college is slipping. Why that’s trouble

Commentary: Public support for college is slipping. Why that’s trouble

The recent results of a Pew Research Center survey on the public’s views of colleges and universities are disheartening. Pew found that during the past year, Republicans perceiving higher education in a negative light has increased 13 percentage points. Among Republicans, 58 percent now perceive colleges and universities negatively, while 36 percent viewed them as positive. Among Democrats,...
Gov. Abbott: Overregulation makes Texas dream a California nightmare

Gov. Abbott: Overregulation makes Texas dream a California nightmare

Runaway regulations by cities are already hitting your wallet and threaten to turn the Texas dream into a California nightmare. Today’s reality is that more Texans are working than ever before. With our strong economy, overall lower costs of living and high quality of life, Texas remains the best place to raise a family, build a business and create greater opportunity for all. But that promise...
Commentary: Special session should deliver big, bold decisive action

Commentary: Special session should deliver big, bold decisive action

Last month, Gov. Greg Abbott called for a special legislative session with an ambitious agenda that is sure to make hard-working Texans smile. By passing reforms that return power to the governed, lawmakers again have a historic chance to expand opportunity and prosperity for all Texans. Vested, special interests will undoubtedly be pulling out all the stop, though if principled lawmakers prevail...
Viewpoints: New panel could yield insight on zoning, gentrification

Viewpoints: New panel could yield insight on zoning, gentrification

When the Austin City Council returns from its July break, it will take up a proposal by Mayor Steve Adler to create a task force to look into the factors that drive residents from their neighborhoods in search of new places to live. It’s a bold idea, which if done right would help Austin navigate vexing challenges the city faces from rapid growth and the vestiges of segregation and gentrification...
As Trump pulls back on a border wall, some aren’t pleased

As Trump pulls back on a border wall, some aren’t pleased

A boy runs up toward the U.S. border fence from his backyard in San Benito in June. (Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald via AP) Like the twisting Rio Grande, President Trump’s position on a border wall is changing course. The president, who made the promise of a “big, beautiful border wall” one of the cornerstone promises of his campaign, significantly ...
Two Views: Session provides a golden opportunity for Texas House

Two Views: Session provides a golden opportunity for Texas House

Compared to a 140-day regular session, which begins slowly and ramps up over time, a 30-day special session, which begins Tuesday, requires focus and deliberate speed. The Senate wants to hit the gas. The House wants to hit the brake. Gov. Greg Abbott has been hitting the gas for weeks, lining up House and Senate bill sponsors for all 20 of his special session agenda items, seeking co-sponsors, meeting...
Two Views: Special session will known as ‘the summer the music died’

Two Views: Special session will known as ‘the summer the music died’

“I tell you friends there’s a song in every town,” Pat Green warbled in his hit “Songs About Texas.” It’s hard to argue with that, given the evidence. Dallas, wrote Jimmie Dale Gilmore, “gives a beautiful light,” at least when seen from a DC 9 at night. Glen Campbell could hear Galveston’s “sea winds blowing” from the jungles of Vietnam...
Castillo: Teachers deserve applause — and a raise plan with real funding

Castillo: Teachers deserve applause — and a raise plan with real funding

At a spelling bee at Zavala Elementary School in McAllen long ago, I stood in front of our hushed fifth-grade classroom, all eyes on me. My stomach bounced around in my throat, but I was cocky, too. After all, I consistently scored in the top 1 percent nationally in spelling aptitude tests then. But a spelling bee was new territory for me and my barrio classmates — and after what seemed like...

Opinion: Jared Kushner needs to find another job

For all that we don’t know about President Donald Trump’s dealings with Russia, one thing should now be clear: Jared Kushner should not be working in the White House, and he should not have a security clearance. True, no proof has been presented that Kushner broke the law or plotted with Russia to interfere in the U.S. election. But he’s under investigation, and a series of revelations...
Letters to the editor: July 27, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 27, 2017

Re: July 15 article, “Climate change skeptic Lamar Smith takes Arctic tour with lawmakers.” For those of us concerned with climate change, this is a moment for cautious optimism. Recently the Statesman reported U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith visited Greenland and Alaska in May to learn about the effects of climate change in the Arctic. On July 13, 46 House Republicans joined with 188 Democrats...
Herman: Again, Texas’ bathroom bill a solution in search of a problem

Herman: Again, Texas’ bathroom bill a solution in search of a problem

One of the more anticipated summer re-runs at Your Texas Capitol aired Tuesday as GOP senators, against the advice of cops, advanced the bathroom bill. That’s the thing with reruns — they always come out the same. Or do they? We’ll find out when the bill gets to the House. During the regular session, the House OK’d a version that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said didn’t do enough...

Opinion: Liberal teachers’ union wrong to equate freedom with racism

Randi Weingarten, president of the nation’s second-largest teachers union, the American Federation of Teachers, used a speech last week to brand the education choice movement as racist. She also got personal, trying to pin the racist label onto Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos because DeVos is a passionate supporter of parents being able to choose where to send their child to school. I&rsquo...
Letters to the editor: July 26, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 26, 2017

Gov. Greg Abbott’s and Attorney General Ken Paxton’s view that cities’ tree ordinances violate the Texas Constitution by interfering with private property rights and is government overreach is confusing when the state regulating what a woman can do with her most private property — her own body — isn’t overreach. Let’s put this to a statewide vote by Texans...
Letters to the editor: July 25, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 25, 2017

Re: July 20 photos that ran with, “Quinceañera protest: Texas teens protest against SB 4 at Capitol.” I loved the photographs taken by Tamir Kalifa of the young Latinas on the south steps of the Texas Capitol in their quinceañera dresses. I’ve seen his photographs before in your publication and always admired them. He has a good eye and a real knack for capturing an...
Letters to the editor: July 24, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 24, 2017

Like many others, I find it strange that a state government that styles itself as conservative — against “big” government, and in favor of citizens’ rights — would be against local governments establishing ordinances to protect their trees. Is it that those trying to micromanage us from Austin are so deep into the pockets of developers that they are willing to forswear...

Opinion: Why would you want Putin as a friend?

Leaving aside the question as to whether there was actual collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election, it is undisputed that candidate Donald Trump was eager for a friendship between our two nations. The most recent accounts of the president seeking out more one-on-one time with Putin at the G-20 dinner — using only a Russian translator — is...

COMMENTARY: Wait for Trump to sabotage your health care

Is Trumpcare finally dead? Even now, it’s hard to be sure, especially given Republican moderates’ long track record of caving in to extremists at crucial moments. But it does look as if the frontal assault on the Affordable Care Act has failed. And let’s be clear: The reason this assault failed wasn’t that Donald Trump did a poor selling job, or that Mitch McConnell mishandled...
Daniel Silva, Neil deGrasse Tyson top best-sellers lists

Daniel Silva, Neil deGrasse Tyson top best-sellers lists

NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLERS FICTION 1. ‘House of Spies,’ Daniel Silva 2. ‘Camino Island,’ John Grisham 3. ‘Murder Games,’ James Patterson and Howard Roughan 4. ‘Into the Water,’ Paula Hawkins 5. ‘Use of Force,’ Brad Thor 6. ‘The Identicals,’ Elin Hilderbrand 7. ‘The Duchess,’ Danielle Steel 8. ‘A Gentleman in...
Letters to the editor: July 23, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 23, 2017

Re: July 16 article, “UT officials confirm mumps on campus, 7 diagnosed this week.” There has been yet another outbreak of a preventable contagious disease, this time mumps at the University of Texas. The increasing number and severity of these outbreaks have been predicted by the medical community due to the increasing proportion of young people who have not received the recommended vaccinations...

Facebook comments: July 23, 2017

As reported by the American-Statesman’s Lilly Rockwell, IBM’s Diane Gherson said the technology company would reconsider its commitment to Texas if the so-called “bathroom bill,” which would regulate which restrooms transgender people can use, passes in the Texas Legislature. IBM has taken out full-page ads in Texas newspapers voicing opposition to the measure and has brought...
Viewpoints: Don’t repeal, replace or let Obamacare fail — fix it instead

Viewpoints: Don’t repeal, replace or let Obamacare fail — fix it instead

The collapse of the most recent replacement for Obamacare, ironically entitled the Better Care Reconciliation Act, creates an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to work together to fix problems in the Affordable Care Act. They should seize it. That would happen if Democrats and Republicans put people first, not party or politics. We urge both parties to show the nation that Washington can and...
Texas A&M is apparently home to a massive archive of ‘Game of Thrones’ memorabilia

Texas A&M is apparently home to a massive archive of ‘Game of Thrones’ memorabilia

It’s called “the Wall” (apparently) but a better name might be the Citadel. As pointed out by Texas Hill Country via Texas A&M today, the Texas A&M University Cushing Memorial Library holds George R.R. Martin’s literary archive, which includes: “Nearly anything from ‘Game of Thrones’ – swords, correspondence between publishers and showrunners...
Letters to the editor: July 22, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 22, 2017

Re: July 18 article, “Abbott campaign raises $10M in 12 days, totals $41M.” Why should a $41 million war chest scare anyone from running against Abbott in a primary or in the general election? As if having so much money was some measure of competence — whoops, I forgot this is the Republican Party we are talking about. The established state GOP machine would have raised that amount...
Perspective: You don’t have to like Tex-Mex food. But you should respect it. 

Perspective: You don’t have to like Tex-Mex food. But you should respect it. 

On Sunday, the University of Texas at Austin’s student-run newspaper,  The Daily Texan, published a column titled “Tex-Mex might be a pillar in Texas culture, but that doesn't mean it’s good food.” Written by freshman Audrey Larcher of Austin, the opinion piece urges readers to part with the idea that Tex-Mex food is even worth eating. I&rsquo...

Opinion: The wild blue yonder ain’t what it used to be

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The aircraft arrayed around the spacious lawn of Maxwell Air Force Base, home of the Air University, mostly represent long-retired types. The largest, however, is a glistening B-52 bomber, which represents a still-employed component of the Air Force’s aging fleet: The youngest B-52 entered service in 1962. Sons have flown the same plane their fathers and grandfathers...
Crisp: There’s a reason why Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have a job

Crisp: There’s a reason why Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have a job

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was in the news last week, in a story that gives me a nagging, uneasy feeling about the health of our republic. Kaepernick is the professional football player who experienced considerable notoriety last season by declining to stand during the pregame rendition of the national anthem. He was protesting the history of racism in our country, as...
Krauthammer: What the parents of Charlie Gard should do for their baby

Krauthammer: What the parents of Charlie Gard should do for their baby

One cannot imagine a more wrenching moral dilemma than the case of little Charlie Gard. He is a beautiful 11-month-old boy with an incurable genetic disease. It depletes his cells’ energy-producing structures — the mitochondria — thereby progressively ravaging his organs. He cannot hear, he cannot see, he can barely open his eyes. He cannot swallow, he cannot move, he cannot breathe...

Opinion: Mainstream media and the real crimes of Russiagate

For a year, the big question of Russiagate has boiled down to this: Did Donald Trump’s campaign collude with the Russians in hacking the DNC? And until last week, the answer was “no.” As ex-CIA director Mike Morell said in March, “On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the Russians … there is smoke, but there is no fire, at all. … There’s...
Owen Egerton’s ‘Hollow’ explores suffering, Austin and the hollow Earth

Owen Egerton’s ‘Hollow’ explores suffering, Austin and the hollow Earth

Owen Egerton would like to see the city of Austin decide to end homelessness. “I absolutely think we could do it,” Egerton said. The novelist, volunteer, screenwriter, director, husband, father, event and podcast host and ongoing hardest working man in Austin entertainment and cultural production is discussing “Hollow,” his new novel. “Hollow” is about Oliver, a...
Letters to the editor: July 21, 2017

Letters to the editor: July 21, 2017

Re: July 18 commentary, “Gov. Abbott: Overregulation makes Texas dream a California nightmare.” Gov. Greg Abbott has his nerve. For a state government that has spent a great deal of capital suing the federal government for Texas to follow its own path, it’s the height of hypocrisy for the state to punish local governments for doing what is best for their communities. We have done...
Herman: Texas Democrats’ special session quandary, fight or flight?

Herman: Texas Democrats’ special session quandary, fight or flight?

I don’t often take requests, but… A local House Democrat, perhaps perturbed by my Wednesday column about his party’s futility in slowing the special-session train engineered by Republicans, asked me if I, for once, could write something nice about the Democrats. Let’s find out. Bless their long-outgunned hearts, Democrats in the Texas Legislature are planning and thinking...
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