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Lawrence: Fighting racism and bias — officers can’t do it alone

Lawrence: Fighting racism and bias — officers can’t do it alone

As representatives of more than 24,000 Texas law enforcement officers, we believe it is time for honest, open dialogue to replace rhetoric and disinformation.
Garrison Keillor: Praise the Lord, I’ve seen the dark

Garrison Keillor: Praise the Lord, I’ve seen the dark

A week ago I felt good about America but no more. Coyotes are running freely in the streets of our big cities, the stock market is teetering on the verge of collapse, the monetary system will soon go belly-up, China and North Korea and Iran have a knife to our throats, our schools are in chaos, politicians corrupt, the media stupefied by political correctness, and everywhere you look you hear foreign accents.

Commentary: Texas’ voter ID law needs an intervention

More than 14 million Texans were registered to vote in 2014. That November, 4.7 million cast a ballot, and in one Texas congressional district, a pivotal number could have voted but did not because they did not believe they had one of the seven state mandated forms of identification required when voting in person.
Herman: Political coarseness and product placement

Herman: Political coarseness and product placement

We’re just getting underway with the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, and I’m sure before it wraps up Thursday night we’re going to hear plenty of anti-Donald Trump stuff from the stage and see plenty of anti-Trump stuff at the souvenir stands.
Gail Collins: Behind Hillary Clinton’s mask

Gail Collins: Behind Hillary Clinton’s mask

Right after the Sept. 11 attacks, I ran into Hillary Clinton outside an armory in Manhattan that served as a sort of clearing house for tragedy, where people brought pictures of the missing and checked for information.
Dionne: Clinton’s Philadelphia vs. Trump’s Cleveland

Dionne: Clinton’s Philadelphia vs. Trump’s Cleveland

After a raucous Republican convention nominated the very conservative Barry Goldwater in 1964, President Lyndon Johnson’s campaign ran an advertisement quoting William Scranton, Pennsylvania’s moderate governor, describing “Goldwaterism” as a “crazy-quilt collection of absurd and dangerous positions.
Mackowiak: Why shouldn’t we regulate abortion?

Mackowiak: Why shouldn’t we regulate abortion?

For those of us who believe fewer abortions are a good thing, June 27 was a distressing day.By a 5-3 ruling, with swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy joining the majority, the U.
Pitts: Battle between left and right no longer a contest of ideas

Pitts: Battle between left and right no longer a contest of ideas

Well, that was sure ugly.Last week’s Republican conclave in Cleveland came across less as a nominating convention than as a four-day nervous breakdown, a moment of fracture and bipolarity from a party that no longer has any clear idea what it stands for or what it is.
Facebook comments: July 24, 2016

Facebook comments: July 24, 2016

As reported by the American-Statesman’s Jonathan Tilove, Ted Cruz was greeted with thunderous applause as he approached the podium to give his speech at the Republican National Convention.
Glenn Smith: And next up, the Democratic Convention

Glenn Smith: And next up, the Democratic Convention

Because the 2016 Republican National Convention was so, uh, unique in the history of American political conventions, an advance picture of the upcoming Democratic National Convention is necessarily comparative.
Mona Charen: Why I am not a Cruzite

Mona Charen: Why I am not a Cruzite

Ted Cruz’s electrifying performance at the 2016 Republican National Convention will be long remembered, and deservedly so.
Ruben Navarrette: Pence’s perplexing pivot to Trump

Ruben Navarrette: Pence’s perplexing pivot to Trump

Say it isn’t so, Mike.Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has won “Vice President Apprentice” and earned the dubious distinction of serving alongside Donald Trump on the Republican presidential ticket.
Nicholas Kristof: Republicans called Trump what?

Nicholas Kristof: Republicans called Trump what?

The arena here at the Republican National Convention echoes with applause for Donald Trump, but the cacophony and extravagant stage effects can’t conceal the chaos in the GOP and in the Trump campaign.
Patel: The problem with food subsidy in the Farm Bill

Patel: The problem with food subsidy in the Farm Bill

There’s something new to worry about in your food. It’s linked to obesity, higher levels of unhealthy fat and inflammation, and although few other countries have to deal with it, it’s almost impossible to remove from our diet because it’s baked into the way we eat in America.
Jay Ambrose: Trump supporters making sense

Jay Ambrose: Trump supporters making sense

You don’t have to think Donald Trump should be elected president to think those having at some of his supporters are sometimes just plain out of it.
Frank Bruni: Ted loves Trump

Frank Bruni: Ted loves Trump

One of the last times you saw Ted Cruz, flames were shooting from his head and spittle was flying from his mouth — metaphorically, at least — as he branded Donald Trump “a pathological liar,” “a serial philanderer,” “utterly amoral” and a “narcissist” on a level this country had seldom seen.
John Young: Open carry’s theater of the absurd

John Young: Open carry’s theater of the absurd

“For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.” – Hosea 8-7. Recent events remind me of the only lasting memory remaining from having poked my head inside a long-ago gun show at the Astrodome: Metal detectors were at the entrance.
David Brooks: Trump getting even Trumpier!

David Brooks: Trump getting even Trumpier!

Does anybody else have the sense that Donald Trump is slipping off the rails? His speeches have always had a rambling, free association quality, but a couple of the recent ones have, as the Republican political consultant Mike Murphy put it, passed from the category of rant to the category of full on “drunk wedding toast.
Dionne: GOP, RIP?

Dionne: GOP, RIP?

The Republican Party came to life as the bastion of “free soil, free labor, free speech, free men.” It was a reformist party dedicated to stopping the spread of slavery and to fighting a “slave power” its founders saw as undermining free institutions.
Hedayati: In Texas death row case, punishment does not fit crime

Hedayati: In Texas death row case, punishment does not fit crime

Jeff Wood has an appointment he hopes to miss.On Aug. 24, 2016, at about 6 p.m., the Texas Department of Criminal Justice plans to inject a lethal dose of pentobarbital into Jeff’s veins to stop his heart as punishment for the 1996 murder of Kris Keeran.
Paul Krugman: Both sides now?

Paul Krugman: Both sides now?

When Donald Trump began his run for the White House, many people treated it as a joke. Nothing he has done or said since makes him look better.
Flora: Videos are often misleading

Flora: Videos are often misleading

Don’t rush to condemn the cops the next time you see a citizen-recorded video of a police shooting. You may not be getting the entire story, and the clip will likely have been distributed to fan the hatred of police.
Russell: Videos provide critical contextual evidence

Russell: Videos provide critical contextual evidence

In the understandably volatile aftermath of the killings in Baton Rouge, La., Falcon Heights, Minn., and Dallas, the role of citizen-recorded videos has been at the forefront of debates over police tactics.
Herman: When horror hits home

Herman: When horror hits home

Many of us went to sleep late Thursday with the latest images of the faraway horror of terrorism; screaming, shooting, death.
David Brooks: We take care of our own

David Brooks: We take care of our own

A few years ago, Bruce Springsteen came out with a song called “We Take Care of Our Own.” The chorus’s theme seemed upbeat and proud: “We take care of the people closest to us.
Abbott: Texas research initiative is an investment in innovation

Abbott: Texas research initiative is an investment in innovation

Innovation has no endpoint, but it always begins with an idea. And more of those brilliant ideas will be coming from the University of Texas with the first grants awarded through the new Governor’s University Research Initiative.
Phillips: Rooting out the hypocrites in Dan Patrick’s Texas

Phillips: Rooting out the hypocrites in Dan Patrick’s Texas

In the aftermath of last week’s killing spree that took the lives of five Dallas police officers, Shetamia Taylor, who threw herself over her son during the attack, described the bravery of officers who shielded her and her son from bullets whizzing through the air.
Tye: Will America listen now like it did in 1968?

Tye: Will America listen now like it did in 1968?

It was half a century ago, but eerily familiar. A sniper’s bullet had pierced America’s heart. Candidates in the superheated race for the White House strained to respond to a nation torn into ragged halves — one black, one white, both afraid of what would come next.
Herman: Dallas GOP convention gave us legal flag-burning, what’s next?

Herman: Dallas GOP convention gave us legal flag-burning, what’s next?

The goal of a national political convention — including the packed-with-potential-for-mayhem Grand Old Party party starting Monday in Cleveland — is to do some speechifying, rallying, eating, drinking and nominating and then get out of town with minimal arrests.
Roche: Fund public safety first

Roche: Fund public safety first

The Dallas shootings are a stark reminder of the risks police officers face every day to keep us safe.
Commentary: Protect our people, protect our investment

Commentary: Protect our people, protect our investment

By a unanimous vote this week, the San Marcos City Council voted to reaffirm our support for the Lone Star Rail initiative to develop passenger and freight rail improvements between Austin and San Antonio.
Commentary: Texas can’t get enough of harassing women over abortion

Commentary: Texas can’t get enough of harassing women over abortion

After last month’s milestone decision by the Supreme Court to strike down anti-abortion laws in Texas, there was a communal sigh of relief across the country from abortion rights supporters — a majority of Americans today.
Gail Collins: Hillary Clinton, beyond email

Gail Collins: Hillary Clinton, beyond email

Chances are, Hillary Clinton did not grow up dreaming that someday she’d be a woman of whom it could be said that “no reasonable prosecutor” would indict her.
Jay Ambrose: Hillary Clinton unchained?

Jay Ambrose: Hillary Clinton unchained?

Maybe Hillary Clinton shouldn’t have to worry about prison, but she surer than anything should not be an unchecked president of the United States.
Dallas’ actions exemplar of solidarity

Dallas’ actions exemplar of solidarity

The eyes, hearts and prayers of a grief-stricken nation are focused on the city of Dallas in the aftermath of a peaceful protest that suddenly turned violent at the hands of at least one gunman, who killed five police officers and wounded at least seven others on Thursday.
Viewpoints: Dallas and America must now focus on healing

Viewpoints: Dallas and America must now focus on healing

The eyes, hearts and prayers of a grief-stricken nation are focused on the city of Dallas in the aftermath of a peaceful protest that suddenly turned violent at the hands of at least one gunman, who killed five police officers and wounded at least seven others on Thursday.
Facebook comments: July 9, 2016

Facebook comments: July 9, 2016

As reported by the American-Statesman staff, Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and others offered thoughts, prayers and condolences in the aftermath of the shooting in Dallas on Thursday in which at least five officers were killed and 12 wounded.
Doolittle: America must emerge from Dallas shooting united

Doolittle: America must emerge from Dallas shooting united

Make it stop. For the love of God, make it stop.Dallas. St. Paul. Baton Rouge.Earlier this week, I promised myself that I would not watch the video of Alton Sterling’s death at the hands of a police officer in Baton Rouge, La.
Horton: Lawmakers must address mental health workforce shortage

Horton: Lawmakers must address mental health workforce shortage

We have a mental health workforce shortage in Texas.Just look at the numbers. Last year, 185 Texas counties out of 254 did not have a single psychiatrist, which left more than 3 million Texans without access to a psychiatrist.
Sherman: Turtles, not guns

Sherman: Turtles, not guns

Texas Senate Bill 11, otherwise known as Campus Carry, will go into effect on August 1st. This bill threatens the very essence of higher education.
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