Retired Texas Woman’s University professor Ramiro Valdez provided a valuable Texas history lesson this week.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick understandably wants to deliver on his campaign promise to secure the U.S.-Mexico border and fill gaps left by inadequate federal enforcement, but he proposes to go about it the wrong way by extending the deployment of Texas National Guard troops on a mission of dubious utility.
The descent of American presidents from George Washington to Ulysses S. Grant, argued the 19th century writer Henry Adams, was enough to raise doubts about the theory of evolution. Anyone looking to debunk Darwin today could find ample evidence in the behavior of travelers going through airport security every day.
Gun advocates and some Texas lawmakers are once again seeking ways to allow guns on the premises of higher education institutions. In an era of campus shootings and university lockdowns, student safety is high on the minds of students and their parents, but having a weapon does not guarantee safety.
We’ve struggled to find a word to explain Thursday’s distressing and embarrassing confrontation between Texas Muslims and anti-Muslim protesters at the state Capitol. The best we can come up with for publication in a family newspaper is “ignorance.”
The recent plunge in oil prices is great news for almost everyone. Motorists pay less at the pump for gas; airlines save money on jet fuel; retailers are likely to profit from the estimated $130 billion consumers will have to spend on other stuff. The economy should grow a bit faster, too. The trade balance will improve, since the United States still imports more petroleum products than it exports.
Too often when tax cuts are on the legislative menu, ordinary Texans don’t get a place at the table. State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, aims to rearrange those chairs so that homeowners are getting a significant share of tax cuts when the Legislature serves up the budget surplus.
It’s hard to imagine Texas politics without Rick Perry. A more authentic Texan was never born. He grew up in northwest Texas, where cattle outnumber people. Perry, like most teenagers, left Haskell County after high school. He wound up attending Texas A&M.
We think it’s great that the University of North Texas is launching a new partnership with the Arlington school district to automatically accept high school juniors who are in the top 20 percent of their class, and we hope the plan will soon be expanded to Denton ISD and other area districts.
President Barack Obama is a good Democrat. He wants federal and state governments to pay the tab for lower-income students to attend community colleges for free. We agree with the president that community college provides a valuable option for job training and higher education.