Alberta Phillips

Editorial writer & columnist

Alberta Phillips is an editorial writer and columnist at the Austin American-Statesman.

Latest from Alberta Phillips

Alberta Phillips: Just one flag honors all veterans — Old Glory
 Austin Mayor Steve Adler is being slammed for his decision not to participate in last Saturday’s Veterans Day Parade. That criticism from Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody and many others took aim at the wrong target. Adler made a moral decision. It was the parade committee that goofed up badly with a decision that demeans the...

Posted: 2 days ago

Austin Mayor Steve Adler is being slammed for his decision not to participate in last Saturday’s Veterans Day Parade. That criticism from Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody and many others took aim at the wrong target. Adler made a moral decision. It was the parade committee that goofed up badly with a decision that demeans the...
Phillips: How an environmental deal led to Austin’s gentrification
 Austin environmentalist Robin Rather is apologizing for a deal heralded as historic 20 years ago when it was endorsed by business groups, developers and environmentalists as a solution to pitched battles over development of the Barton Springs watershed. Rather didn’t envision that the agreement would spur the gentrification that continues...

Posted: 3 days ago

Austin environmentalist Robin Rather is apologizing for a deal heralded as historic 20 years ago when it was endorsed by business groups, developers and environmentalists as a solution to pitched battles over development of the Barton Springs watershed. Rather didn’t envision that the agreement would spur the gentrification that continues...
Though late, council makes right decision not to hide names from public
   Austin City Council members interviews city manager candidates during a closed-door executive session at the Hilton Austin
               Airport on Tuesday Oct. 31, 2017. Jim Twombly of Ex Tulsa city manager walks out of an interview at Hilton Austin Airport.
               (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)   Austin...

Posted: 9 days ago

  Austin City Council members interviews city manager candidates during a closed-door executive session at the Hilton Austin Airport on Tuesday Oct. 31, 2017. Jim Twombly of Ex Tulsa city manager walks out of an interview at Hilton Austin Airport. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)   Austin...
Phillips: Will an African-American hold on to Dawnna Dukes’ district?
 Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore owes state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, an apology. Moore dragged her feet in dropping all charges against Dukes when her case against the state legislator began unraveling — but not before taking some cheap shots. Since being indicted in January, Dukes had been looking at a prison term...

Posted: 11 days ago

Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore owes state Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, an apology. Moore dragged her feet in dropping all charges against Dukes when her case against the state legislator began unraveling — but not before taking some cheap shots. Since being indicted in January, Dukes had been looking at a prison term...
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...

9:09 PM Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

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...
Phillips: Austin City Council can return piece of history to community
 When I first wrote about the former Montopolis Negro School a year ago, it faced almost certain demolition and redevelopment to make way for new housing units, offices and shops – despite its obvious historic value. Consider that the school is one of the last of 42 institutions that educated African-American children from 1935 to 1962...

4:28 PM Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2017

When I first wrote about the former Montopolis Negro School a year ago, it faced almost certain demolition and redevelopment to make way for new housing units, offices and shops – despite its obvious historic value. Consider that the school is one of the last of 42 institutions that educated African-American children from 1935 to 1962...
Phillips: Will Abbott, Patrick push Confederate lie or right history?
 In 1965, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., speaking to a crowd of about 25,000 that had marched from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in support of voting rights for black people, said, “Somebody’s asking, ‘How long will prejudice blind the visions of men, darken their understanding, and drive bright-eyed wisdom from her sacred...

12:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017

In 1965, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., speaking to a crowd of about 25,000 that had marched from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., in support of voting rights for black people, said, “Somebody’s asking, ‘How long will prejudice blind the visions of men, darken their understanding, and drive bright-eyed wisdom from her sacred...
City Council trying to solve homelessness, parks and convention center puzzle
 The Austin City Council meeting, August 29, 2017.
                (RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN) When it comes to the Austin Convention Center expansion, you might say the actions of the City Council are puzzling. Yes, I know that is a play on words, given the name Mayor Steve Adler dubbed his plan to expand the convention center, boost...

10:18 PM Friday, Sep. 08, 2017

The Austin City Council meeting, August 29, 2017. (RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN) When it comes to the Austin Convention Center expansion, you might say the actions of the City Council are puzzling. Yes, I know that is a play on words, given the name Mayor Steve Adler dubbed his plan to expand the convention center, boost...
Phillips: Think the Klan, Nazis are history? Not with Trump’s blessing
 My mother, who celebrated her 88th birthday last weekend, was shocked and dismayed watching events unfold in Charlottesville, Va. There in her living room on her 55-inch TV screen were the nightmares of her youth: White supremacists, Nazi sympathizers and anti-Semites marching in the streets in the name of white superiority and dominance...

6:00 PM Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

My mother, who celebrated her 88th birthday last weekend, was shocked and dismayed watching events unfold in Charlottesville, Va. There in her living room on her 55-inch TV screen were the nightmares of her youth: White supremacists, Nazi sympathizers and anti-Semites marching in the streets in the name of white superiority and dominance...
Phillips: Is Patrick lieutenant governor or viceroy? Let voters decide
 Maybe we should change Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s title to viceroy. That seems appropriate, since he is acting more like a ruler exercising control over colonies – Texas cities and counties – than a statewide elected leader interested in solving the big problems and challenges facing Texas, such as the state’s broken school...

12:00 AM Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

Maybe we should change Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s title to viceroy. That seems appropriate, since he is acting more like a ruler exercising control over colonies – Texas cities and counties – than a statewide elected leader interested in solving the big problems and challenges facing Texas, such as the state’s broken school...
Patrick can’t strip blue cities of their autonomy without hurting GOP-controlled cities
 Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick presides over the Texas Senate during the final days of the 84th Texas legislature regular
               session in May, 2015 at the Texas state capitol in Austin. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)   Maybe we should change Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s title to viceroy. That seems appropriate since...

9:23 PM Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick presides over the Texas Senate during the final days of the 84th Texas legislature regular session in May, 2015 at the Texas state capitol in Austin. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)   Maybe we should change Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s title to viceroy. That seems appropriate since...