It doesn’t really matter if you know who Jim Dent is or if you’ve read any of his best-selling sports books.
We learned long ago not to expect state lawmakers to display much common sense, but a budget amendment that would cut $3 million in funding from programs to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases and use it for abstinence education has to be one of the dumbest ideas we’ve heard yet.
We hope that Texas politicians calling for an end to state support for the renewable power industry will reconsider. One of them, state Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, has filed legislation to end the renewable energy program he championed a decade ago. With the support of the state’s Public Utility Commission, Fraser wants to freeze the state’s Renewable Energy Credit program.
State legislators who support contentious open-carry legislation that barreled through the Senate this week say they are standing up for our constitutional rights, but we fear that a lot of average Texans may wind up feeling like they’ve been mugged by gun-wielding thugs.
Texas’ relationship with Mexico is more challenging now than it has been in years. Anti-immigration rhetoric has grown increasingly coarse, and Texas has National Guard troops along the border. Politically, the relationship often resembles a marriage on the rocks.
Word from Austin is that the House Committee on Transportation has voted favorably on House Bill 80, which is good news for those of us who are tired of risking our lives sharing Texas highways with people who insist on texting while driving.
We believe it’s time to put an end to the twice-yearly ritual of adjusting our clocks by an hour. Most of us are still a little groggy from the most recent time change, which officially occurred at 2 a.m. Sunday when daylight saving time went into effect and clocks were supposed to be turned ahead.