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Ken Herman

Metro columnist

Ken Herman is the American-Statesman's metro columnist.

Latest from Ken Herman

Herman: Teaching young people to respect cops in the times we live in
 In Latin and in law it’s known as “in loco parentis.” It’s often a concept of last resort, one not pursued lightly because it runs counter to our better instincts. The literal translation is “in place of a parent.” The best societies are built on the notion that parents — more than governments, more...

Posted: 2 days ago

In Latin and in law it’s known as “in loco parentis.” It’s often a concept of last resort, one not pursued lightly because it runs counter to our better instincts. The literal translation is “in place of a parent.” The best societies are built on the notion that parents — more than governments, more...
Herman: JetBlue pays off with Zilker Botanical Garden project
 Remember last year when Austin Mayor Steve Adler encouraged you to stuff the ballot box? And remember when some of you did? And remember when we won? We weren’t exactly sure what we had won, but we won. We found out this week what we won: Our prize package includes mulch. Lots of dark, mulch-smelling mulch. And much more than mulch...

Posted: 3 days ago

Remember last year when Austin Mayor Steve Adler encouraged you to stuff the ballot box? And remember when some of you did? And remember when we won? We weren’t exactly sure what we had won, but we won. We found out this week what we won: Our prize package includes mulch. Lots of dark, mulch-smelling mulch. And much more than mulch...
Herman: Texas Legislature halfway through all the damage it can do?
 We’re just about halfway through the 140-day legislative session. Through mid-morning Tuesday, 8,274 pieces of legislation had been filed and 1,241 had been approved. Sounds pretty productive until you realize that 1,226 of the approved measures were resolutions honoring stuff like really nice dead people, a hometown church or winners...

Posted: 4 days ago

We’re just about halfway through the 140-day legislative session. Through mid-morning Tuesday, 8,274 pieces of legislation had been filed and 1,241 had been approved. Sounds pretty productive until you realize that 1,226 of the approved measures were resolutions honoring stuff like really nice dead people, a hometown church or winners...
Herman: Judge ponders whether Hooters is school trip appropriate
 Once again (and this makes twice, as far as I know), Your State Government is wrestling with a particular existential issue of our day. This is no less than a real-time review of something sociologists, psychologists, archaeologists and all kinds of ologists someday will somehow make a living studying. It is this: What’s the deal with...

Posted: 7 days ago

Once again (and this makes twice, as far as I know), Your State Government is wrestling with a particular existential issue of our day. This is no less than a real-time review of something sociologists, psychologists, archaeologists and all kinds of ologists someday will somehow make a living studying. It is this: What’s the deal with...
Herman: Legislative debate over gender identity begins
 Now we wait to see if Senate Bill 6, the transgender locker room bill (a name I prefer because it properly makes it sound less trivial than the “bathroom bill”) gets to the House floor for debate. If it doesn’t, the Senate’s Tuesday and Wednesday debate on the measure, culminating with 21-10 final approval Wednesday...

Posted: 10 days ago

Now we wait to see if Senate Bill 6, the transgender locker room bill (a name I prefer because it properly makes it sound less trivial than the “bathroom bill”) gets to the House floor for debate. If it doesn’t, the Senate’s Tuesday and Wednesday debate on the measure, culminating with 21-10 final approval Wednesday...
Herman: 35 years later, A+ for Austinite who got Constitution amended?
 Looks like we’re heading for a happier new ending on a happy old story that some of you might not know about. Gregory Watson seems headed for an upgrade. We begin back in spring 1982 when Watson, then a University of Texas student, signed up for Sharon Waite’s GOV 310 course on American Government. For his term paper, young Watson...

Posted: 12 days ago

Looks like we’re heading for a happier new ending on a happy old story that some of you might not know about. Gregory Watson seems headed for an upgrade. We begin back in spring 1982 when Watson, then a University of Texas student, signed up for Sharon Waite’s GOV 310 course on American Government. For his term paper, young Watson...
Herman: Pick your favorite odd legislative bill
 March Madness is upon us. It’s wacky. It’s unpredictable. You can bet on it. And we now have the list of competitors. We’re not talking college basketball. We’re talking the wonderful world of lawmaking under the pink granite dome in downtown Austin where almost 6,500 brilliant (in somebody’s mind) ideas have...

Posted: 12 days ago

March Madness is upon us. It’s wacky. It’s unpredictable. You can bet on it. And we now have the list of competitors. We’re not talking college basketball. We’re talking the wonderful world of lawmaking under the pink granite dome in downtown Austin where almost 6,500 brilliant (in somebody’s mind) ideas have...
Herman: How moving a state-owned painting became a legislative issue
 Just like you with your home, state government sometimes likes to redecorate its home. It can be something as major as last year’s $6 million Capitol re-do that included 700 new windows buildingwide and new carpeting in the House chamber. And it can be something as minor as moving a painting, in this case one called, “The Spirit...

Posted: 14 days ago

Just like you with your home, state government sometimes likes to redecorate its home. It can be something as major as last year’s $6 million Capitol re-do that included 700 new windows buildingwide and new carpeting in the House chamber. And it can be something as minor as moving a painting, in this case one called, “The Spirit...
Herman: How do dentists, doctors defend serving alcohol to patients?
 I went to the Capitol on Thursday in search of an answer to one of the bigger questions on my mind this legislative session. Oh sure, I’m curious about how our best and brightest handle the major issues of our time: writing a state budget, deciding who goes to which bathroom, how to stop the president from tweeting and what to do about...

Posted: 16 days ago

I went to the Capitol on Thursday in search of an answer to one of the bigger questions on my mind this legislative session. Oh sure, I’m curious about how our best and brightest handle the major issues of our time: writing a state budget, deciding who goes to which bathroom, how to stop the president from tweeting and what to do about...
Herman: On the bathroom bill, good points on both sides
 It’s a simple choice, sometimes creatively expressed in signs on bathroom doors: Cowboys or Cowgirls? Pointer or Setter? The Johns: Olivia Newton- or Elton? Make your choice and do your business. Simple, right? Or so many of us thought, perhaps ignorantly, for many years. The enlightened thought among some today is that gender doesn&rsquo...

Posted: 18 days ago

It’s a simple choice, sometimes creatively expressed in signs on bathroom doors: Cowboys or Cowgirls? Pointer or Setter? The Johns: Olivia Newton- or Elton? Make your choice and do your business. Simple, right? Or so many of us thought, perhaps ignorantly, for many years. The enlightened thought among some today is that gender doesn&rsquo...
Herman: Guess who’s not coming to dinner
 I’ve covered a lot of elections and run in one. I’m undefeated, having successfully campaigned among a diverse, international electorate. I’m pretty sure I got the votes of a Russian who said he didn’t always understand my jokes (that’s just like at home) and a Finn who I fear thought I was serious when I promised...

Posted: 21 days ago

I’ve covered a lot of elections and run in one. I’m undefeated, having successfully campaigned among a diverse, international electorate. I’m pretty sure I got the votes of a Russian who said he didn’t always understand my jokes (that’s just like at home) and a Finn who I fear thought I was serious when I promised...