Opinion


Commentary: Why the crisis in Burma should resonate with Texans

People around the world have reacted with outrage and astonishment to the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine, in southwestern Burma. The outrage is completely appropriate. The astonishment, though, is not — especially in an area like Texas, whose history of shifting populations resembles that of Rakhine. Both Rahkine and Texas are borderlands with no natural barriers between regions...


Herman: Sen. John Cornyn continues to tolerate President Trump

Herman: Sen. John Cornyn continues to tolerate President Trump

These should be good times for John Cornyn. He’s the senior U.S. senator from the greatest state ever created. He’s the GOP’s No. 2 man in that chamber. And after eight years toiling under the yoke of a Democratic president, Cornyn is one year into total D.C. domination by his party. And though there’s not unanimity on this, there are accomplishments to tout after the first...
VIEWPOINTS: Ruling in Kleinert case weakens police accountability

VIEWPOINTS: Ruling in Kleinert case weakens police accountability

Last week’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to not take up a case involving a former Austin police officer who fatally shot an African-American man was a huge victory for the officer, ending a saga that began in 2013. For Travis County prosecutors who took the case to the high court in hope of holding Charles Kleinert criminally responsible in the death of Larry Jackson Jr., the ruling was...
With its legal arguments in shreds, Austin should release records for manager search

With its legal arguments in shreds, Austin should release records for manager search

City of Austin chief communications director Doug Matthews, left, interviews then-candidate Spencer Cronk during a town hall meeting at the Austin Convention Center, Dec. 12, 2017. Cronk was later hired as Austin City Manager. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)   This week’s decision by the Texas attorney general’s office rejecting the city of...
Castillo: A southern border wall remains Trump’s north star

Castillo: A southern border wall remains Trump’s north star

It’s not every day we get to watch an American president think through his policy positions in real time on live television, much less on a third-rail subject like immigration. But that’s what happened Tuesday when we witnessed President Trump engage members of Congress in a discussion about border security and the immigration program known as DACA. The president told lawmakers he wants...
COMMENTARY: ‘The Post’ a story about a woman’s courage

COMMENTARY: ‘The Post’ a story about a woman’s courage

When her husband, Philip, took his own life in 1963, Katharine Graham admitted she was unprepared to be publisher of The Washington Post. At 46, she had worked only briefly — and never in an executive position. She did not seek the publisher’s role. She had spent her married life raising the Grahams’ four children and entertaining presidents, Cabinet members and ambassadors as Georgetown&rsquo...
Castillo: A southern border wall remains Trump’s north star

Castillo: A southern border wall remains Trump’s north star

It’s not every day we get to watch an American president think through his policy positions in real time on live television, much less on a third-rail subject like immigration. But that’s what happened Tuesday when we had the rarest of chances to witness President Trump engage members of Congress in a discussion about border security and the immigration program known as DACA. Predictably...
Commentary: Evangelicals, please let Trump’s ‘tough’ language shock you

Commentary: Evangelicals, please let Trump’s ‘tough’ language shock you

When my ancestors came to America from Ireland, they left what many people considered a “s—-hole” country. A potato famine, combined with Ireland’s bad reputation in much of Europe, led many to call for an end to the immigration of the unwashed Irish. “Filthy,” they called my family. We would hope that such labels are an embarrassing relic of the past. Yet on Thursday...
VIEWPOINTS: New tax code is harsh on nonprofits. How Texans can help

VIEWPOINTS: New tax code is harsh on nonprofits. How Texans can help

When local, state and federal programs fail to serve Central Texas families and individuals who are the most in need, local nonprofit organizations help fill the gaps by using the generous contributions of those who find value in giving their neighbors a hand up when they need it. The recent federal tax overhaul, however, has nonprofits bracing for a significant decline in contributions because millions...
Commentary: Trump’s comments on countries make MLK Day purely symbolic

Commentary: Trump’s comments on countries make MLK Day purely symbolic

One of my favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quotes is “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor political nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.” These words ring truer now more than ever in light of President Donald Trump’s recent comments questioning why we are letting people from “s—-hole countries&rdquo...
Commentary: How Islam is an agreement with MLK Jr.’s values

Commentary: How Islam is an agreement with MLK Jr.’s values

I believe that the best way to celebrate a national hero is to further the cause for which they fought. Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sacrificed his life fighting for racial equality and just treatment of everyone. Half a century later, we still find ourselves fighting this war and the dream remains unfulfilled. Today, peaceful Muslims like myself also have a dream. I fully understand...
Commentary: What Martin Luther King Jr. would think of today’s America

Commentary: What Martin Luther King Jr. would think of today’s America

As we celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. today, we also note that this year marks 50 years since his assassination. While this length of time might not seem very long, in some respects, the passing of Dr. King was a lifetime ago. Arguably, the United States has changed markedly since the heady days of the civil rights movement. Most obviously, perhaps, the culture of Jim Crow segregation...
Herman: Dem gov candidate Andrew White wants end to death penalty

Herman: Dem gov candidate Andrew White wants end to death penalty

The anti-capital-punishment plank long has been boilerplate language in the Texas Democratic Party platform. Nevertheless, Wendy Davis, the party’s 2014 gubernatorial nominee, came out in favor of the death penalty. That didn’t work out so well for her. In fact, nothing did, and she got routed by Republican Greg Abbott. On Thursday, Andrew White, now seeking the 2018 Democratic nomination...
Commentary: GED testing outcomes and opportunities also matter

Commentary: GED testing outcomes and opportunities also matter

CPPP’s recent report about GED testing in Texas gives the impression that the only valid metric worth monitoring is the number of GED graduates. However, outcomes and what GED graduates do with their credential must be part of how we measure the success of the program. The report rightly points out that in today’s economy adults need to be able to gain skills and training beyond just a...
Commentary: Resolve to reduce traffic in Austin

Commentary: Resolve to reduce traffic in Austin

Every new year, we often resolve to start things (learn an instrument), quit things (smoking), or do more of things we love (see more live music). Most of us are not successful. Not because we’re weak or undisciplined; old habits are exceptionally tough to break. Likewise, new habits are difficult to create and maintain. That said, consider adding one more resolution to your list — one...
Will: How merit-based college admissions became so unfair

Will: How merit-based college admissions became so unfair

WASHINGTON — During World War I, chemist James Conant was deeply involved in research on what was considered the worst imaginable weapon: poison gas. During World War II, as a science adviser to President Franklin Roosevelt, Conant was so central to the development of the atomic bomb that he was at Alamogordo on July 16, 1945. His most disruptive act, however, may have come in the interim when...
Navarrette: Detained student proves craziness of immigration system

Navarrette: Detained student proves craziness of immigration system

President Trump sees the immigration issue as one big negotiation. First you do something dramatic to shake things up and put the other side on unsure footing. A couple days ago, the Trump administration withdrew Temporary Protected Status from about 200,000 Salvadoran immigrants who had been offered shelter by the George W. Bush administration in 2001. According to a Department of Homeland Security...
Opinion: Trump is reason for drop in blacks’ unemployment

Opinion: Trump is reason for drop in blacks’ unemployment

There’s plenty to celebrate in the December Bureau of Labor Statistics report showing black unemployment at 6.8 percent, the lowest since they started reporting the data in 1972. President Trump tweeted out his excitement and, of course, took credit for the good news. Has there ever been a politician who didn’t take credit for good news on his watch (or rationalize away responsibility...
Commentary: City should boost social programs, not police salaries

Commentary: City should boost social programs, not police salaries

When Austin City Council, at the urging of dozens of community groups and residents, sent the police contract back for further negotiation last month, it did the fiscally responsible thing. When the Austin Police Association refused to negotiate the remaining cost and accountability concerns in the three-plus months still available under the contract, it was simply trying to bully the council into...
Commentary: Some children’s last meal is at noon. Texas can change that

Commentary: Some children’s last meal is at noon. Texas can change that

While many of us gorged on ham and chocolate over the holidays, there were more than 3 million children who were at risk of going through the holiday break without access to nutritious foods. This is not just a holiday hunger for these children; it is every day of the year. With the numerous funded programs we have available, why are so many of our children still at-risk of going hungry? Unfortunately...
John Young: A ‘very stable genius’ would be a more able liar

John Young: A ‘very stable genius’ would be a more able liar

As lightning bolts go, the juice within the 336 pages of Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” is sufficient to melt a man’s wingtips. However: Did we really need Wolff’s reportage of it to know that Donald Trump is infantile, intemperate and spectacularly unfit to be president? No, we didn’t. We have read the man’s tweets. (His claim to be “like a very stable...
Herman: Lupe Valdez, Andrew White meet in Democratic candidate forum

Herman: Lupe Valdez, Andrew White meet in Democratic candidate forum

The truth was spoken in the pre-event mic check: “Hello everybody. Welcome to the first Democratic debate-ish.” Upstairs, gubernatorial candidates mingled prior to the event that was the first face-to-face meeting between Andrew White, Houston businessman and son of late Gov. Mark White, and former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez. They’re the top Democratic contenders in what was...
Herman: The What Is That?” team goes to Deep Eddy (but doesn’t swim)

Herman: The What Is That?” team goes to Deep Eddy (but doesn’t swim)

Welcome to the 2018 season of “What Is That?” Let’s kick it off by heading over to Eilers Park (where Deep Eddy pool is) with semi-retired lawyer Fred Helms. I’m not really sure what it means to be a semi-retired lawyer. Perhaps you only semi-sue people. But that’s not the mystery we’re meeting up with Helms to explore. It involves is a structure he recently...
Commentary: Keeping Conley as CAMPO chairman is bad governance

Commentary: Keeping Conley as CAMPO chairman is bad governance

Tonight, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) board will vote on a questionable deal that twists the rules in order to keep former Hays County Commissioner Will Conley on as chair. He resigned as commissioner to run for Hays County judge, so he is no longer an elected official. The plan would create a new position for him as an unelected “affililate nonvoting member&rdquo...
The left points to ‘Fire and Fury’ as the case against Trump. They should look again

The left points to ‘Fire and Fury’ as the case against Trump. They should look again

The book “Fire and Fury” offers reported behind-the-scenes stories about Donald Trump’s White House. But are the stories credible? A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the issue. From The Orange County Register: The author of ‘Fire and Fury’ has an ego just about as big as Trump’s. Who are we to believe? From Townhall: Will CNN ever be able to get over...
Viewpoints: From city hall to classrooms, Texas faces big decisions in 2018

Viewpoints: From city hall to classrooms, Texas faces big decisions in 2018

Hey, 2018, we’re watching. You have our attention — and we know you’re already shaping up to be a momentous year. Not only will the Austin City Council wrestle with a contentious overhaul of the city’s cumbersome land-use and zoning regulations, but Austin will welcome a new city manager, Spencer Cronk, who faces difficult challenges — among them forging a new police...
Viewpoints: TEA needs damage control. It can start with parents’ trust

Viewpoints: TEA needs damage control. It can start with parents’ trust

The Texas Education Agency’s abrupt decision to walk away last month from a special education data-mining project — after defending it for months despite legal and transparency questions — was the right thing to do. Now, the agency, which has been under long-standing pressure to improve special education services, must ensure it does right by students, parents and advocates. The...
Commentary: Let’s make 2018 the year we value safety in Texas

Commentary: Let’s make 2018 the year we value safety in Texas

Someone I know was in a minor car crash recently. The car was hit from behind by a driver who was using a cellphone, causing damage to both vehicles, but nobody was hurt. The police were called, and though the officer was told that the driver who caused the crash was using a cellphone, no tickets were issued. The officer left without filing any kind of accident report. When I heard this story, I was...
Commentary: Changes to family-based immigration attack bedrock values

Commentary: Changes to family-based immigration attack bedrock values

At this time of year, those of us with healthy families are comforted by the strength and security we find in their fold. Much of our local, state and federal laws revolve around strengthening and protecting families. Since LBJ signed the modern Immigration and Nationality Act in 1965, family unity and family reunification have been the bedrock and cornerstones of our immigration policy — and...
Commentary: Why repealing the ‘Cole memo’ won’t solve marijuana abuse

Commentary: Why repealing the ‘Cole memo’ won’t solve marijuana abuse

It should not come as a surprise. We certainly have had enough hints that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was planning on repealing the Obama administration’s 2013 hands-off policy — known as the Cole memo — regarding enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states where recreational use is legal. To date, that includes eight states and the District of Columbia. The most recent...
Herman: Democrats hope Texas voters choose politics over football game

Herman: Democrats hope Texas voters choose politics over football game

For much of Right-Thinking America (defined as those who accept college football as a deity), attention on Monday night starting at 7 p.m. Austin time will be firmly fixed on Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium where the hated University of Alabama Crimson Tide, led by the hated Nick Saban, will take on the beloved University of Georgia Bulldogs for the college gridiron national championship. (Some...
INSIGHT: What women should know before joining the gig economy

INSIGHT: What women should know before joining the gig economy

Martin Schneider often got things done faster than a female colleague, Nicole Hallberg, who worked at the same small employment services agency. He figured this was because of his extra experience. One day, however, a client suddenly began acting “impossible,” “rude” and “dismissive,” as Schneider recalled in a series of tweets. He soon realized why. Schneider had...
INSIGHT: 3 things to know about Trump and the ‘nuclear button’

INSIGHT: 3 things to know about Trump and the ‘nuclear button’

President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, traded threats this week about the size, location and potency of their “nuclear buttons.” The image of a leader with a finger on a button — a trigger capable of launching a world-ending strike — has for decades symbolized the speed with which a nuclear weapon could be launched, and the unchecked power of the...
New book on Trump: Bannon's 'treasonous' claim, Ivanka's ambitions, Melania's concerns

New book on Trump: Bannon's 'treasonous' claim, Ivanka's ambitions, Melania's concerns

President Donald Trump is a book genre unto himself. There's "Understanding Trump," by Newt Gingrich, whom Trump considered as a running mate; "Let Trump Be Trump," by former Trump campaign aides Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie; "The Swamp," by former Fox News host Eric Bolling; and a forthcoming, yet-to-be-named book by former White House press secretary Sean Spicer...
Roger Cohen: Trump is right, this time, about Iran

Roger Cohen: Trump is right, this time, about Iran

I have a New Year’s confession: I retweeted President Donald Trump with approval, not something I had expected to do, especially on the subject of Iran. But Trump has been right to get behind the brave Iranian protesters calling for political and economic change. The tweet in question read: “Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime’s corruption & its...
Ruben Navarrette Jr.: Trump is in over his head on Dreamers issue

Ruben Navarrette Jr.: Trump is in over his head on Dreamers issue

Donald Trump wrote the book on the art of the deal. Now he says he wants to cut a deal with the Dreamers. At issue is the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In a sneaky twist on self-deportation, President Obama conned 800,000 undocumented young people into turning themselves into Immigration and Customs Enforcement in exchange for a temporary reprieve. Yet the only &ldquo...
Kathleen Parker: Queen Carlson wins again

Kathleen Parker: Queen Carlson wins again

After recent revelations that the CEO of the Miss America Organization and its pageant scriptwriter were talking trash about past winners, the board fired them both and installed Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America 1989 and Fox News anchor, as its new chairwoman. Carlson, you might say, was in the right place at the right time — one she basically created. It isn’t exaggeration to say...
Herman: How come there’s a cross on your Austin city utility bills?

Herman: How come there’s a cross on your Austin city utility bills?

American-Statesman reader James Jackson recently had a suggestion for me. Unlike some readers’ suggestions, this one is physically possible. His hit my inbox after my recent column complaining about the two crosses hanging in in the Caldwell County District Clerk’s Office in Lockhart. “I don’t understand why you had to leave Austin to find a cross in an ‘inappropriate&rsquo...
Jack Hunter: Americans are more emotional about Trump than ever

Jack Hunter: Americans are more emotional about Trump than ever

Visiting home in Charleston, South Carolina over the holidays, conversations with friends and family often turned political. And by “political,” I mean Donald Trump. On the week before Christmas, when the president signed the tax bill into law, my right-leaning acquaintances were hailing the legislation (which they should, though it still ignores the unignorable problem of massive spending)...
John Young: 2018: a year the GOP would just as soon skip

John Young: 2018: a year the GOP would just as soon skip

Those Republican branding wizards. You’ve got to give it to them: “Pro-life.” “Real America.” “Family values.” Can’t defeat those. As we enter a new year, however, Republicans are dealing with these brands: “Trump”; “McConnell-Ryan Congress”; “Tax cuts for the super-wealthy.” Trump: the least truthful, least honorable...
Opinion: Optimism’s growing about Trump, his prospects in 2018

Opinion: Optimism’s growing about Trump, his prospects in 2018

President Trump took office at the beginning of 2017 swimming in a sea of negativity. Some predicted that he wouldn’t make it through the year. Or, even if he did, he would fail to get any major legislation passed. Pew Research Center reported that 62 percent of the news stories about Trump’s first 60 days were negative, compared to 20 percent in President Obama’s first 60 days and...
Chaos and protests of 2017 had nothing on 1968

Chaos and protests of 2017 had nothing on 1968

Many have debated whether 2017 was the most chaotic, traumatic, crazy year in recent American history. But as its 50th anniversary dawns, the searing events of 1968 remind us that no other year has come close in terms of dividing, traumatizing and polarizing Americans. As 1968 began, the Beatles' song from the year before could still be heard on record players and on radios: “I read the news...

Letters to the editor: Jan. 18, 2017

Re: Jan. 14 photo, “Sharing a message of P.I.E. (Peace Includes Everyone).” Please accept my compliments on the photograph by Jay Janner of the American-Statesman that appeared on the front page of Metro & State section on Jan. 14. I think it’s a remarkable picture of two celebrants visiting at a table. Their expressions are so genuine — and it’s obvious that they are...

Opinion: Trump, meet a hero whom you maligned

In 1885, a poor, uneducated 16-year-old boy arrived in our country from Germany at a time when immigrants were often looked down on by affluent Americans. This boy was ambitious and entrepreneurial, and, despite language problems, he earned some money and then traveled up to the Klondike during the gold rush to operate a hotel that became notorious for prostitution. He prospered, and today his grandson...
ANALYSIS: Trump doesn’t understand Haiti, immigration nor U.S. history

ANALYSIS: Trump doesn’t understand Haiti, immigration nor U.S. history

Donald Trump’s denigrating comments about Haiti during a recent congressional meeting shocked people around the globe, but given his track record of disrespecting immigrants, they were not actually that surprising. Despite campaign promises that Trump would be Haiti’s “biggest champion,” his administration had already demonstrated its disregard for people from...

Opinion: Republicans must lead in upcoming abortion debate

This year, as every year, I will be joining the hundreds of thousands who will be arriving in Washington, D.C., for the March for Life, noting the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion on demand in our country. The event has taken place every year since 1973 and will continue to take place every year until this disastrous and destructive decision is reversed. Those...

Letters to the editor: Jan. 17, 2018

The lawsuit by Laredo Merchants Association on the single-use bag bans flies in the face of reality. The fundamental is the effect of the ban, not the canard of inconsistent regulation. Within two weeks of Austin’s bag ban, we no longer saw white plastic bags in every creek, on every fence. I have never seen a more effective government action. It is impossible to ignore that the right believes...

Facebook comments: Jan. 16, 2018

As reported by the American-Statesman’s Mark Wilson, the Austin Police Department is seeking input to address issues that have arose since it equipped officers in most of Austin with recording devices last year. Assistant Chief Ely Reyes discussed the policy with members of Austin’s Public Safety Commission and said the department has received about a dozen recommendations for potential...

Letters to the editor: Jan. 16. 2017

Every day that U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz remain silent while Trump obliterates our standing in the world is an indictment of their governing cowardice. Actions that will hurt Texas — such as repealing NAFTA, and throwing so-called dreamers out of the country — draw no pushback from those who should represent the interests of all Texans. And now, hideously racist and irredeemable...

Letters to the editor: Jan. 15, 2018

Re: Jan. 9 article, “Austin barbecue brothers face backlash over planned wedding venue.” In response to your article on the Mark Black wedding venue, I would like to say a venue this size has no business in a quiet little rural community. The Friendship Alliance has had several meetings already. In addition to the noise and traffic, I believe wholeheartedly this venue will greatly reduce...

Opinion: Sofia Vergara, frozen embryos and forced procreation

The Supreme Court of Colorado will soon rule on whether a person has a constitutional right to not procreate. The dispute is between Drake Rooks and his ex-wife, Mandy Rooks. The couple were married in 2002. They had three children using in vitro fertilization, but were left with six frozen embryos. In 2014, they divorced. Now they are embroiled in a legal battle over what should become of those &ldquo...

Facebook comments: Jan. 14, 2018

As reported by American-Statesman special correspondent Maria Recio, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, led an effort to seize the initiative on immigration. McCaul’s legislative package would make good on President Donald Trump’s pledges by giving legal protection to so-called Dreamers, limiting immigration and providing $30 billion to build a wall on the Mexican border, along with other...

Letters to the editor: Jan. 14, 2018

Re: Jan. 11 article, “Austin district hunts for partner to turn around Mendez Middle School.” I took exception to a comment by a disgruntled Mendez Middle School parent: “They’re not teaching my children anything.” That’s something I’ve also heard expressed by unmotivated, undisciplined students. But there are three equal elements in classroom education: teacher...
Thorpe shares enlightening stories of refugee students in ‘Newcomers’

Thorpe shares enlightening stories of refugee students in ‘Newcomers’

Helen Thorpe’s “The Newcomers” is a collection of personal stories of child refugees as they integrate into American society. Focusing on one classroom in South High School in Denver, Colo., Thorpe (“Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War,” 2014) dives deep into the lives of 22 students, all refugees, who were just some of the many who enrolled in...

Opinion: In Oregon, progressivism spills over at the pump

WASHINGTON — Frank Lloyd Wright purportedly said, “Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.” Today, however, Oregon is the state with the strangest state of mind, which has something to do with it being impeccably progressive: In the series “Portlandia,” the mention of artisanal lightbulbs might be satirical, but given today&rsquo...

Opinion: ‘Fire and Fury’ is book we got, not one we needed

America desperately wanted this book. America desperately needed it, too. That’s why “Fire and Fury,” by journalist Michael Wolff, which purported to be a fly-on-the-wall, inside view of life in the Trump White House, shot to Number One on Amazon.com last week after Donald Trump’s lawyers tried to suppress it. It’s why bookstores had to back order. Unfortunately, Wolff...

Letters to the editor: Jan. 13, 2018

Re: Jan. 10 article, “Despite rules, former Hays commissioner to remain at CAMPO board.” Will Conley, former Hays County Commissioner, was re-elected on Jan. 8 to continue to serve as chair of Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, although he is no longer an elected official. Conley stepped down to run for Hays County Judge, but was chosen by the CAMPO board to keep his chairmanship...
Matt de la Peña and Loren Long’s ‘Love’ honors what makes us who we are

Matt de la Peña and Loren Long’s ‘Love’ honors what makes us who we are

It’s tempting to eschew picture books once children are past a certain age. From suggested age ranges to the excitement over young readers’ ability to move into more challenging texts, there are plenty of reasons driving the shift into heftier volumes as the years progress. But it would be a mistake to leave picture books behind completely. Nonfiction picture books, with their mix of well-researched...

Caution: Entering Trump’s Mind

Our subject today is Donald Trump’s mind. Not the speculation about whether he’s losing his marbles. That was during our “Fire and Fury” period last week. Now, we’re thinking about that lovely bipartisan meeting the president hosted Tuesday with members of Congress about immigration. Everybody was impressed by how concerned Trump seemed to be about all the young Dreamers...

Facebook commnets: Jan. 12, 2018

As reported by the American-Statesman’s Eric Webb, the owner of Bobalu Cigar Co. announced that the store will be closing in late January; it has been located downtown on Sixth Street for more than 20 years. The owner, Jeff Lipton, said he is closing the store because of the “deteriorating situation and terrible neglect by the city of Austin on ‘Dirty Sixth Street.’”...

Letters to the editor: Jan. 12, 2018

As an Army veteran, I proudly took an oath to support and defend the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. All of our representatives also took this oath. By all reports, our democratic process was attacked by a foreign source — and there is an investigation underway to determine if that attack was aided and abetted by domestic sources. This investigation is being led by a...

Opinion: What is America’s mission now?

Informing Iran, “The U.S. is watching what you do,” Amb. Nikki Haley called an emergency meeting Friday of the Security Council regarding the riots in Iran. The session left her and us looking ridiculous. France’s ambassador tutored Haley that how nations deal with internal disorders is not the council’s concern. Russia’s ambassador suggested the United Nations should...

Letters to the editor: Jan. 11, 2018

Re: Jan. 6 article, “They didn’t know that they were great shepherds of Austin’s lake.” Thanks for the article on the various people who helped to put together the hike-and-bike trail. One should also thank the people who began to use this trail in the late 1970s. It has since become an important element of the public spaces available in Austin. My great fear now is that as...
Harry Ransom Center acquires massive Arthur Miller archive

Harry Ransom Center acquires massive Arthur Miller archive

The Harry Ransom Center at UT has acquired the archive of American playwright Arthur Miller (1915–2005). Obtained from the Arthur Miller Trust, the archive spans Miller’s career. During his lifetime the Ransom Center had a close association with Miller, who first donated a group of early play manuscripts and working notebooks to the Center in the early 1960s. This new acquisition...
Texas Book Festival will take place Oct. 27 and 28

Texas Book Festival will take place Oct. 27 and 28

The 23rd Texas Book Festival will take place Oct. 27 and 28 in and around the Texas State Capitol in downtown Austin, it was announced Wednesday. The 2017 Festival Weekend was the most successful on record, with 50,000 attendees and about 300 authors coming together on November 4 and 5, 2017. The annual First Edition Literary Gala, which took place Nov. 3 of last year, raised more than $630,000 for...

Opinion: Why 2017 was best year in human history

We all know that the world is going to hell. Given the rising risk of nuclear war with North Korea, the paralysis in Congress, warfare in Yemen and Syria, atrocities in Myanmar and a president who may be going cuckoo, you might think 2017 was the worst year ever. But you’d be wrong. In fact, 2017 was probably the very best year in the long history of humanity. A smaller share of the world&rsquo...

Letters to the editor: Jan. 10, 2018

Re: Dec. 27 article, “New poison to be tested on West Texas feral hogs,” and Dec. 31 commentary, “Troublesome wild hogs leave us searching for solutions.” Really? Poisoning feral hogs again? Why is this terrible technique still even being considered? It is wrong to poison feral hogs because it is cruel, wastes a viable food source and creates risks to other wildlife. The new...
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