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I miss watching the spectacular fireworks display at Eddie G’s house every Fourth of July. Eddie G. was my grandmother’s longtime companion. For the last 20 years of her life, Eddie … more
Happy 4th of July to my fellow Texans! This week, as we light up our barbecue pits to grill, and the sky with our fireworks to celebrate, it is also a time to reflect on how we have the liberty and … more
If you’re bored by the pablum that passes for conversation on sports broadcasts – if, like me, you’re long past fed up with all the cliches and predictable jock jocularity – I … more
We all deserve the right to make informed decisions about our own health. That right has been in danger for years — and since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, it’s under siege. … more
A recent bill passed by the House of Representatives claims to regulate the cryptocurrency industry and protect consumers. But the bill is a Trojan horse designed by an industry flush with cash … more
Hunter Biden, the president's son, was found guilty of illegally buying a gun while using narcotics. While he stood trial, you may have noticed the quietude outside the federal courthouse and on the … more
President Biden once pledged to adopt more humane immigration policies than his predecessor. But in practice, as immigrant rights advocates have documented, his administration has escalated the … more
In 1974, when I was 11, I flushed an apple core down the toilet. You see, my father had remodeled our basement into a family room with a powder room. Always looking ... more
Texas is facing a reckoning on water that we must address if the state wants to secure its future prosperity. The State Water Plan prepared by the Texas Water Development Board projects that Texas … more
Governor Abbott, In your recent response to Representative Rosenthal, you rejected his plea for a special session to address school funding, asserting that the responsibility for budget … more
As the cost of housing has exploded, so has the number of people experiencing homelessness. And unfortunately, instead of trying to house people, more states and cities are criminalizing people … more
Home sales remain sluggish thanks to high interest rates and a shortage of homes for sale, and that is really bad for America. Because as more Americans become life-long renters, they will never … more
Ida Ayres never served a day in the armed forces, but at 95, she knows plenty about the sacrifices of war. “Through six wars, I have been the daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother … more
Before there was a United States of America — before our Constitution was adopted, and even before our 1776 Declaration of Independence — one of America’s best democratic … more
Yes, I was hunkered down paying rapt attention to the weather report on May 8 when an EF-3 tornado rampaged through a neighboring county. Understandably, I was intrigued by a May 11 “New … more
If there’s one thing I could tell lawmakers, it would be to bring back the expanded, monthly, fully refundable Child Tax Credit. Those monthly payments of up to $300 per child cut child … more
College is expensive — and for most Americans, higher education is still largely unaffordable. The cost of college continues to rise at rates that salaries and income aren’t keeping … more
Believe it or not, Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall” makes me think of Mother’s Day. Remember the scene where Allen’s character Alvy was stuck in line at the movies, … more
In cities and in rural areas, in red states and blue states, most residents want cleaner and more connected communities. Public transit — including trains, buses, and dial-a-ride services … more
When I read about the “silent book club” trend, it filled me with instant calm and hope. As it goes, in 2012, two friends in San Francisco came up with the idea for a non-formal … more
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