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Commentary: Business is a four letter word — jobs

Commentary: Business is a four letter word — jobs

Why is it that almost every politician runs on a platform that includes creating jobs for the middle class, yet those who actually create the jobs, including in Austin, are at times demonized?
Hunter: What I absolutely love and loathe about Donald Trump

Hunter: What I absolutely love and loathe about Donald Trump

Donald Trump has said throughout this election that the U.S. shouldn’t have gone into Iraq in 2003, shouldn’t have intervened in Libya’s civil war in 2011, and said we shouldn’t be helping Syrian rebels or trying to topple that country’s dictator Bashar al-Assad.
Christie: Gun auction reveals real George Zimmerman

Christie: Gun auction reveals real George Zimmerman

Please, let this finally be enough.Please, let this madness surrounding George Zimmerman’s attempt to auction off the gun he used in 2012 to kill 17-year-old Trayvon Martin be enough to see this law-enforcement wanna-be for the reckless, selfish and callous individual that he is.
Commentary: Gifting grads with financial literacy

Commentary: Gifting grads with financial literacy

This month and next, nearly 2 million graduating college students across the country will be clutching their degrees and entering the workforce.
Moorhead: Spending limits versus moral discernment

Moorhead: Spending limits versus moral discernment

In launching the Senate Finance Committee’s discussion of state spending limits this week, Sen. Jane Nelson said “the goal of spending limits is quite simple, but the calculations and application are much more complex.
Decision to no-bill Geoffrey Freeman shows need for special prosecutor

Decision to no-bill Geoffrey Freeman shows need for special prosecutor

We’ve been careful about second-guessing grand juries in the past — and this time is no exception. The grand jury members are the only ones who have seen the totality of the evidence presented in their case, and by law, their proceedings are closed from public view.
Hiott, Doolittle: More changes coming to Statesman Viewpoints

Hiott, Doolittle: More changes coming to Statesman Viewpoints

It’s no secret that the newspaper business is in a state of transition. Our readers are changing — and so are their expectations about what they read in our editorial pages and how they consume it.
Commentary: Why infrastructure matters to water ratepayers

Commentary: Why infrastructure matters to water ratepayers

It’s “Infrastructure Week,” and a nonpartisan coalition of public- and private-sector stakeholders has chosen May 16 to 23 to promote the need for government to invest in improvements to “roads, bridges, rails, ports, airports, pipes, the power grid, [and] broadband.
Commentary: Should felons be allowed to vote? Yes, but …

Commentary: Should felons be allowed to vote? Yes, but …

Felons should be allowed to vote — but not until they have completed their sentences (including any period of probation or supervised release), paid at least a part of any court-ordered restitution to their victims, and proven they are now willing to abide by the rules implemented by society.
Mauer: Should felons be allowed to vote? Yes!

Mauer: Should felons be allowed to vote? Yes!

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently restored the right to vote for 206,000 citizens in his state, many of whom had completed their sentences decades ago.
Commentary: More Texas drivers are choosing toll roads

Commentary: More Texas drivers are choosing toll roads

America’s highways got a real workout in 2015. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, drivers last year logged more miles on our roads and highways than in any year in U.

Ponnuru: Why Obama can’t apologize for Hiroshima

Barack Obama will be the first U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, a prospect that has set off arguments about whether he should apologize for our use of nuclear bombs to end World War II.

Hunter: Are the Bushes and Romney really being principled about Trump?

Marco Rubio now says he will support Donald Trump as the Republican nominee.The same Rubio who once called Trump’s campaign “frightening” and “disturbing,” and said it was “getting harder every day” to support Trump back in March.
Commentary: Too many Austinites think the MACC is a dog park

Commentary: Too many Austinites think the MACC is a dog park

If you are a performing artist at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, also known as the MACC, here is what you might see a few minutes before your performance call time:A few feet from the auditorium, past the pecan trees, you may see a dog owner in hip athletic wear walking her or his dog.
Commentary: Bathroom transgender resistance teaches kids wrong lesson

Commentary: Bathroom transgender resistance teaches kids wrong lesson

The battle rages between those who believe transgender children should be able to use the school bathroom aligning with their gender identities and those who believe sex-assigned-at-birth should be the only factor in restroom usage.

Commentary: Limits on arbitration clauses are step in right direction

Arbitration clauses — those long clauses in microscopic type that require contracting parties to “arbitrate” any disputes instead of suing in court — are everywhere nowadays, from your credit card to your cellphone company, and maybe even your employer.
Commentary: Gentrification and Dallas City Council’s 10-year land grab

Commentary: Gentrification and Dallas City Council’s 10-year land grab

Hinga Mbogo came to America from Kenya for an education; he wound up living the American dream. His 30-year-old automotive repair shop on Dallas’ Ross Avenue has provided a living for his family and employees while satisfying thousands of customers.

Krugman: Trump and Taxes

This seems to be the week for Trump tax mysteries. One mystery is why Donald Trump, unlike every other major party nominee in modern times, is refusing to release his tax returns.

Scott: Trump and the hoodie

When the hoodie is the apparel du jour, Donald Trump can become a leading contender for the White House.

Interiano: Austin provides a welcome home for tech

Since the early 1980s, when the Microelectronics & Computer Technology Corp., or MCC Consortium, chose to locate here, Austin has been a welcoming city for innovators and early adopters.
Texas Supreme Court’s school finance ruling lets down our kids

Texas Supreme Court’s school finance ruling lets down our kids

The Texas Supreme Court unanimously ruled Friday that while the state’s sclerotic system for financing its public schools imperfectly meets the state’s educational needs, it does not violate the Texas Constitution and therefore is legal and can remain in place.
By defeating Prop 1, voters give Uber a Lyft back to negotiations

By defeating Prop 1, voters give Uber a Lyft back to negotiations

With the overwhelming defeat of Proposition 1 on Saturday, voters established the terms of engagement for Lyft and Uber to operate in Austin — and not the other way around, as the ride-hailing companies attempted to do by writing their own rules and setting their own fees.
Barstow: Do we have the collective will to end the AIDS crisis?

Barstow: Do we have the collective will to end the AIDS crisis?

The AIDS crisis is not over. There is a widespread misperception that the medical and scientific advances of the last two decades have solved the AIDS problem, that it’s just a matter of time until everyone with HIV will be on medication, that there will be fewer and fewer new infections every year until they eventually disappear.

Kohler: For healthy babies, moms need more than Google searches

“I just have a passion for pregnant women,” says Jennifer Johnson.The community health worker in the city of Austin’s Maternal and Infant Outreach Program explains: “I’m usually in a mom’s life for less than two years, including her pregnancy and the first year of her baby’s life — but those two years set them on track for the rest of their lives.
Troisi: Raising age on tobacco purchases would protect Texas children

Troisi: Raising age on tobacco purchases would protect Texas children

Tobacco products are a known cancer-causing agent and responsible for one in three cancer deaths. Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined — and thousands more die from smoking-related causes such as fires caused by smoldering cigarettes.
Congress should approve Zika funding

Congress should approve Zika funding

We Americans can’t say the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus hasn’t given us enough warning of what might happen when it begins to become acquired here.

Douthat: The conservative case against Trump

There are many lessons that conservatives need to learn from the rise of Donald Trump. There are elements of his message that the party should embrace.
Levinson: Lessons from Alexander Hamilton about the Year of Trump

Levinson: Lessons from Alexander Hamilton about the Year of Trump

Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s founding fathers, has become the man of the hour, perhaps of the year, thanks to actor and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda after the smash hit Broadway musical he produced was nominated this week for an unprecedented 16 Tony Awards.

Young: GOP’s boat ride into darkness

“The horror. The horror.” — Closing lines from “Apocalypse Now.”I didn’t think of contrasting the Republican Party’s current situation with Francis Ford Coppola’s movie masterpiece until The New York Times editorialized about Donald Trump’s ascendancy and the Republican Party’s “trek into darkness.
Halpin, Leger: Accountability can rebuild trust in the government

Halpin, Leger: Accountability can rebuild trust in the government

The American public faces a dilemma. Voters want the government to do more to provide economic security and to help rebuild the nation, but they also don’t trust the people running the government to do what’s right.
Hunker: Affordable Austin? A Shakespearean tragedy in the making

Hunker: Affordable Austin? A Shakespearean tragedy in the making

Austin’s renewed emphasis on affordable housing will read like a Shakespearean tragedy unless city officials are willing to embrace a new paradigm of government that disfavors finicky restrictions on land use and development.
Don’t let Lyft, Uber take city for a ride; vote against Prop. 1

Don’t let Lyft, Uber take city for a ride; vote against Prop. 1

A ride-hailing battle that has its origins in 2012 when the Austin-born Heyride — remember them? — began using an iPhone app to connect passengers with drivers, prompting the city to block the company from operating an unlicensed cab company, reaches a climax Saturday when voters decide the fate of Proposition 1.
Streeter: Love city, love bike

Streeter: Love city, love bike

In downtown Austin, the clerk helps me with my groceries: wine, chocolate, tea, pepperoni and eggs.“Is a double-bag fine?
Black city employees say council dissing black execs

Black city employees say council dissing black execs

As the fallout continues over Austin City Manager Marc Ott’s rebuke of Police Chief Art Acevedo, another potential controversy is brewing at City Hall: African-American city employees are accusing the City Council of repeatedly disrespecting black executives from the dais.
Bush: On flying while Muslim

Bush: On flying while Muslim

Flying is not what it used to be. For most, long gone are the days of legroom, meals and personal space.
Patrick: Republicans must unite behind Trump to defeat Hillary Clinton

Patrick: Republicans must unite behind Trump to defeat Hillary Clinton

I was proud to volunteer to serve as Ted Cruz’s Texas campaign chairman. Ted and Heidi gave this campaign their all, and their hard work and sacrifice over the past year is a clear demonstration of their love for this country and their commitment to the conservative movement.
Young: Marijuana laws — you’ve got to be joking

Young: Marijuana laws — you’ve got to be joking

Eeyore’s Birthday Party has come and gone in Austin again without scads of arrests. This is testament once again to the fact that our nation’s marijuana laws are silly.

Ponnuru: Hate Trump voters? You’ve got a problem

Political campaigns are supposed to kick off debates about how we should feel about the candidates. Donald Trump’s campaign has started a debate about how we should feel about the candidate’s supporters, too.
Facebook comments: May 5, 2016

Facebook comments: May 5, 2016

As reported by the American-Statesman’s Melissa B. Taboada, more than 240 suggestions were submitted as possibilities to replace the school name Robert E.
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