The Texas Legislature’s once-every-decade* quest for new political maps will get a twist in 2021: The Texas House will have either a speaker whose trustworthiness is suspect or a brand-new speaker who’ll be riding in the wake of a scandal.
Brazoria County commissioners again lowered the tax rate this year, a sign of both good fiscal management and a booming economy.
Connor Behrens, a reporter with The Facts, is now writing The Scoop in Wednesday’s papers. I mention this because I was delighted to read his first installment. He told readers about the happenings on the local scene.
A friend of mine, Joe, entered the U.S. Army. He was a Harvard grad and a Fulbright Scholar, so the Army made him the company clerk. On his first day, the sergeant said, “In the Army we have a way of filing papers in order.” Joe asked, “Like a-b-c?” The sergeant nodded in approval. Apparently Joe had already broken the code.
Mark Sanford, the former representative and governor of South Carolina, has now joined former representative Joe Walsh and former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld in challenging President Donald Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination.
‘Honor Your (Foster) Mothers and Fathers” is a new report by Naomi Schaefer Riley, published by the American Enterprise Institute. Riley has made it her business over the past few years to become an expert in foster care and adoption.
Texas Sen. Royce West, as it turns out, does a lot of government business. Not that you’d know that from reading the disclosures he’s required to make as a state lawmaker.
A majority of us have drawn lines in the dirt, emphasizing the point beyond which we simply will not be pushed by pesky, ever-encroaching technology. Most of us gradually fold, however. In retreat mode, we still draw lines, but they are evermore faint, each drawn with diminishing enthusiasm.
Gov. Greg Abbott’s declaration that words are inadequate and must be met with action signals a turn from politics to policy. He’s better, historically speaking, at the former. What he’s proposing now will require some coalition-building in a divided political culture and with a Legislature r…
We asked readers what they thought about Katy ISD's decision to eliminate the "D" and only rank students performing in the top 10 percent of their class. Here's what they though:
I sensed trouble when my personal computer, or PC as we scientific types call it, kept going blank, then started playing the Croatian national anthem. It switched to Eskimo porn, a test pattern and then locked in on “Esperanto — let’s give it a chance.”
The new report from the Justice Department inspector general proves beyond any doubt that fired FBI Director James Comey leaked sensitive law enforcement material in the Trump-Russia investigation.
Over the past four decades, the rise in childhood obesity has significantly impacted many children, adolescents and adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that one in every five children in the United States is obese.
No one will recall the two weeks leading up to Labor Day 2019 as a turning point in the country’s political history. Vacationers left their lakeside retreats or ended their seashore holidays; parents bought school supplies or moved nervous first-year college students into freshly scrubbed do…
The state’s decision to kill straight-ticket voting could cut turnout in down-ballot races in the 2020 elections — even if more voters show up to the polls.
This week, a well-known chorus has been on my mind. It is this one: “Rise and be Healed in the Name of Jesus.” Search for it on the internet, and a number of vocalists will perform it.
Cars are loading up with clothes, very few books, more clothes and various boxes. It is time to send Junior BJ or BettySueEllen off to college. If it’s their first year, the time to leave is a difficult goodbye for their mothers. Their fathers are busily putting up a “Room for Rent” sign in the yard.
The Trump administration’s migrant policy has been troubling in many respects from Day One. Now, we are concerned that the administration’s decision to allow federal officials to hold migrant families inde finitely is another bad policy in the making.
So far, five Democratic presidential candidates have dropped out of the 2020 race. What is amazing is that the number is only 5, and that 20 Democrats are still running.
The acts of which billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein is accused of committing are disgusting in their own right, but so are the developing narratives since his arrest last month on charges he habitually assaulted underage girls.
Just two decades ago, visionary Galveston leaders risked public monies, made promises they hoped they could keep and readily shared their vision with cruise lines. They fully believed that cruising was ready to “take off.”
I roofed houses during my early days, and I knew a roofer who could apply five squares per hour. That amounts to 15 bundles of shingles, or 435 individual shingles, nailed on straight with four nails by hatchet. He could roof a 20-square house in four hours, plus an hour for trimming and add…
Recently, there has been a great deal of reporting and discussion surrounding Texas Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen. His ethics and leadership have been called into question by allegations that he had an inappropriate meeting with then-Texas Republican Caucus Chairman Dustin Burrows and a…
When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, the only money found in his pockets was a Confederate $5 bill. Whether Abe was a double agent on the Rebels’ payroll is doubtful, but Fox & Friends is suspicious
It is not a rolled-up of newsprint people will miss when the newspaper stops showing up on their doorsteps, but the embrace of it provides its community, delivered in well-crafted language and portraits by people with a passion to tell stories from the forgotten corners of the world they call home.
During the Labor Day holiday, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to get drunk drivers off the roads and help save lives.
They called balls and strikes behind home plate for a combined 52 years. The pair’s plaque-filled walls in their homes are testimonies to their remarkable professional achievements. When they stepped up to the plate in retirement, however, their volunteer service to others provided them with the most satisfaction.
There’s something about the Jeffrey Epstein story that’s hellish. I had already thought this before the high roller accused of sexual abuse apparently killed himself while being held in federal custody
President Trump's trade war economy is tanking, with growth rates sinking into Obama-era levels and the U.S. stock market in a nosedive.
Old-timers called these places “service stations” where they drove up and some guy would fill up the gas tank, wipe off the windshield and inquire if the driver needed oil, water, the ashtray emptied or the latest news. Then the attendant would take the money (25 cents a gallon).
Here are the ages that the top presidential candidates will be on Inauguration Day, 2021: Bernie Sanders, 79; Joe Biden, 78; Donald Trump, 74; and Elizabeth Warren, 71.
In the sordid and brutal world of human trafficking, two recent stories deserve a closer look and a deeper understanding. Both stories involve justice — one for a person just emerging from a long run behind bars and the other for a person who always seems just outside of the grasp of the law.
Maybe Texas Democratic murmurings about elected Republicans’ troubles won’t develop into a campaign theme. But they’re exploring the swamp, just to see if voters have any interest.
I am writing to you regarding your publication in the Opinions section of The Facts newspaper on Thursday, July 25, regarding the Texas Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School Grant application the village of Jones Creek is submitting.