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Alberta Phillips

Editorial writer & columnist

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

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Phillips: Council Member asks why no black groups got Bloomberg grants
 Austin City Council Member Ora Houston has a question for Bloomberg Philanthropies: Why weren’t any of the 26 nonprofit arts organizations that received sizable Bloomberg grants affiliated with African Americans or African American culture? It’s a question she is putting in writing to Bloomberg Philanthropies, noting that Austin...

Posted: 14 days ago

Austin City Council Member Ora Houston has a question for Bloomberg Philanthropies: Why weren’t any of the 26 nonprofit arts organizations that received sizable Bloomberg grants affiliated with African Americans or African American culture? It’s a question she is putting in writing to Bloomberg Philanthropies, noting that Austin...
Phillips: Last hurrah for Confederate groups in Veterans Day parade
 During his 22 years in the Air Force, Lt. Col. Daarel Burnette observed Veterans Day events around the world, from Izmir, Turkey, to Colorado Springs, from military bases to the Pentagon. In all those places, during all those years, the emphasis was on sacrifice of U.S. veterans, said Burnette, who retired in 2001. It was about honoring soldiers...

3:25 PM Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

During his 22 years in the Air Force, Lt. Col. Daarel Burnette observed Veterans Day events around the world, from Izmir, Turkey, to Colorado Springs, from military bases to the Pentagon. In all those places, during all those years, the emphasis was on sacrifice of U.S. veterans, said Burnette, who retired in 2001. It was about honoring soldiers...
Phillips: Last hurrah for Confederate groups in Veterans Day parade
 During his 22 years in the Air Force, Lt. Col. Daarel Burnette observed Veterans Day events around the world, from Izmir, Turkey, to Colorado Springs, from military bases to the Pentagon. In all those places, during all those years, the emphasis was on sacrifice of U.S. veterans, said Burnette, who retired in 2001. It was about honoring soldiers...

10:00 PM Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018

During his 22 years in the Air Force, Lt. Col. Daarel Burnette observed Veterans Day events around the world, from Izmir, Turkey, to Colorado Springs, from military bases to the Pentagon. In all those places, during all those years, the emphasis was on sacrifice of U.S. veterans, said Burnette, who retired in 2001. It was about honoring soldiers...
Fire in San Marcos apartments offers lessons for homeowners
 Emergency personnel continue search and recovery efforts at the Iconic Village apartments, where a fire broke out early Friday,
               in San Marcos, Texas, on July 20, 2018. 
               LYNDA M. GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN   In researching an editorial about the fire that tore through two apartment buildings in San Marcos...

10:01 PM Friday, Jul. 27, 2018

Emergency personnel continue search and recovery efforts at the Iconic Village apartments, where a fire broke out early Friday, in San Marcos, Texas, on July 20, 2018. LYNDA M. GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN   In researching an editorial about the fire that tore through two apartment buildings in San Marcos...
Phillips: Austin ISD should recognize Reagan High’s true valedictorian
 Without a tie, there should be one high school valedictorian: the student who earned it. In the case of Reagan High School’s Class of 2018, that student is Naomi Lands. Because of a computing error by the Austin Independent School District, Naomi was initially denied the honor – and the scholarship that went with it. She was not...

3:00 PM Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2018

Without a tie, there should be one high school valedictorian: the student who earned it. In the case of Reagan High School’s Class of 2018, that student is Naomi Lands. Because of a computing error by the Austin Independent School District, Naomi was initially denied the honor – and the scholarship that went with it. She was not...
Community event offers free wellness knowledge, and BBQ, too
    As a longtime church music minister and funeral director in East Austin and Manor, Barry J.W. Franklin has stood at the intersection
            of some of the most vexing challenges confronting African Americans: Health issues, such as diabetes and heart disease, and
            financial illiteracy. Those challenges, he says, have...

9:39 PM Friday, Jul. 20, 2018

  As a longtime church music minister and funeral director in East Austin and Manor, Barry J.W. Franklin has stood at the intersection of some of the most vexing challenges confronting African Americans: Health issues, such as diabetes and heart disease, and financial illiteracy. Those challenges, he says, have...
Phillips: Why Criner had all-white jury, not a jury of his peers
 Travis County prosecutor Rickey Jones concedes an all-white jury is far from ideal in a case in which the defendant is an African-American who would be sentenced to life if he is found guilty of the capital murder charge he faces. “It doesn’t look like a jury of one’s peers,” he told me. “People – especially...

4:33 PM Friday, Jul. 20, 2018

Travis County prosecutor Rickey Jones concedes an all-white jury is far from ideal in a case in which the defendant is an African-American who would be sentenced to life if he is found guilty of the capital murder charge he faces. “It doesn’t look like a jury of one’s peers,” he told me. “People – especially...
Phillips: Why Criner has all-white jury in UT murder case, and not jury of peers
   Potential jurors are sworn in before jury selection in the capital murder case of Meechaiel Criner, the transient man accused
               of killing University of Texas student Haruka Weiser in April 2016, in District Judge David Wahlberg’s 167th district court
               Monday July 9, 2018.
               RALPH BARRERA...

10:12 PM Tuesday, Jul. 17, 2018

  Potential jurors are sworn in before jury selection in the capital murder case of Meechaiel Criner, the transient man accused of killing University of Texas student Haruka Weiser in April 2016, in District Judge David Wahlberg’s 167th district court Monday July 9, 2018. RALPH BARRERA...
Why Criner has all-white jury in UT murder case, and not a jury of his peers
   Potential jurors are sworn in before jury selection in the capital murder case of Meechaiel Criner, the transient man accused
               of killing University of Texas student Haruka Weiser in April 2016, in District Judge David Wahlberg’s 167th district court
               Monday July 9, 2018.
               RALPH BARRERA...

10:10 PM Tuesday, Jul. 17, 2018

  Potential jurors are sworn in before jury selection in the capital murder case of Meechaiel Criner, the transient man accused of killing University of Texas student Haruka Weiser in April 2016, in District Judge David Wahlberg’s 167th district court Monday July 9, 2018. RALPH BARRERA...
Phillips: Local newspapers help taxpayers as watchdogs on government
 Daily newspapers long have been the barking – and oftentimes biting – watchdogs that keep the public informed about what their government is doing, be that rescuing people from massive flooding in Austin in 2015, or the mismanagement of $2 billion in contracts by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, which came to light...

1:53 AM Friday, Jul. 13, 2018

Daily newspapers long have been the barking – and oftentimes biting – watchdogs that keep the public informed about what their government is doing, be that rescuing people from massive flooding in Austin in 2015, or the mismanagement of $2 billion in contracts by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, which came to light...
Phillips: Local newspapers help taxpayers as watchdogs on government
 Daily newspapers long have been the barking – and oftentimes biting – watchdogs that keep the public informed about what their government is doing, be that rescuing people from massive flooding in Austin in 2015, or the mismanagement of $2 billion in contracts by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, which came to light...

12:32 AM Friday, Jul. 13, 2018

Daily newspapers long have been the barking – and oftentimes biting – watchdogs that keep the public informed about what their government is doing, be that rescuing people from massive flooding in Austin in 2015, or the mismanagement of $2 billion in contracts by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, which came to light...