Today in History
Want to get rich? Of course, so I am here to help with some new stats to compare to the old. Forget Houston and Austin. Buy land in Gonzales and Sulphur Springs. They’re coming back, and keep an eye on Little Elm. As we have noted ad infinitum, the 2020 Census shows that Texas is leaping pas…
The Bible admonishes us again and again to “fear God,” and then God says that if we fear him — if we are completely engaged with him — he will remove all fear of our enemies.
‘The nation, and particularly Texas, is going through some chaotic and depressing times. Where to look for advice? That’s why I invited y’all to dinner tonight to discuss and perhaps offer solutions to our problems.” Sam Houston spoke first. What wonderful experiences he has had and what bol…
Remember the media cheers for Sen. John McCain when he stopped the effort to repeal Obamacare? McCain was a Republican frustrating a Republican policy goal, which was enough to earn the highest praise in some media circles. “It was a stunning moment,” The New York Times reported, “a flash of…
A devout evangelical Christian friend of mine recently texted to explain why he was not getting the COVID-19 vaccine. “Jesus went around healing lepers and touched them without fear of getting leprosy,” he said.
The Republican majority’s proposals for all of the state’s political maps are out, and each is skewed in favor of the same voters: white Republicans.
Texas voters created Port Freeport almost 100 years ago, in 1925. Since then, the port has been growing bigger, deeper and wider to support not only our nation, but our state and community as well.
Remember when President Joe Biden stunned the political world by threatening to veto a bipartisan $1.1 trillion traditional infrastructure spending bill that he, Joe Biden, had just encouraged the Senate to pass? It was a bizarre moment, but Biden was accommodating House Speaker Nancy Pelosi…
You might wonder why the top state leaders have supported restrictive voting legislation, ordered audits of elections they won, and passed laws that counter what most Texans think is the proper policy on abortion or guns.
Krispy K reme Donuts, prepacked three-packs, are the featured dessert for the come-and-go reception for my 75th birthday from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday. I’ll be delighted to greet and meet with readers of this column at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 102 S. Yaupon St. in Lake Jackson. Contribut…
President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer have based the future of the entire Democratic agenda on a trick. And now many Democrats are increasingly concerned — terrified, actually — that the trick won’t work.
James Robles is regional safety director at JE Dunn Construction and Greg Hansch, LMSW, is executive director of National Alliance on Mental Illness Texas. Learn more about suicide prevention at www.nami.org/Suicide-Prevention-Awareness-Month
A Texas governor’s power to call a special legislative session includes setting its agenda. That list of issues tells legislators and the rest of us what the governor thinks is important enough to demand extra time from lawmakers.
One of my favorite episodes of “The Twilight Zone” is titled “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.” We read the screenplay in junior high school, and shortly after, one of the local TV stations started playing the episodes of the show and it remains one of the favorites.
Two leading House Republicans, Reps. Steve Scalise and James Comer, are asking the Food and Drug Administration for documents that might relate to GOP suspicions that President Joe Biden has politicized the process of administering vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pollinators play a vital role maintaining regional ecosystems and agriculture. USDA reports an estimated 75 percent of plants rely on animal or insect pollination, with 35 percent food crops depending on the same.
Readers, I would like to meet you. Therefore, I’m extending an invitation to you to attend my 75th come-and-go birthday party from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sept. 25 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 102 S. Yaupon St. in Lake Jackson. Masking is requested and social-distancing will be observed.
Biden administration officials are proud of their effort to airlift about 118,000 Afghans, plus somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000 U.S. citizens, from the Kabul airport in the final days of the president’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan. But still unanswered are two key questions: One, w…
As a Ph.D. student in learning sciences and a math education researcher who believes young children are perceptive, reflective and brilliant, I embarked on a project to collect children's stories of schooling during the pandemic.
Texas remains a Republican state, and the lawmaking results of the last few weeks, along with those from the regular legislative session earlier this year, are evidence that the party in power is granting the wishes of its most conservative voters.
At the 50th anniversary of the Cornerstone Church of the Nazarene, I spoke as one of the former pastors. From my wheelchair in front of the platform, I began by making this statement into the microphone in a moderately deep voice, “I have a complaint.”
At 9:05 Monday night, State Department spokesman Ned Price issued a plaintive message to the new rulers of Afghanistan. “The Taliban needs to meet its commitments and obligations in Afghanistan,” Price tweeted. Those commitments and obligations include respecting freedom of travel, safeguard…
A study was recently published that showed fish could become addicted to methamphetamines. And while this may seem somewhat obvious and unimportant to most of us, there is a reason to care.
The 2022 elections in Texas favor Re publican candidates. They haven’t lost a statewide election for more than a quarter of a century, and they’ve been in the majority of the Texas House and Senate for two decades. Republicans quashed Democratic efforts to gain ground in the 2020 elections.
Stories of gasoline price wars were common in Texas around 1960, when regular gas sold sometimes for10.9 cents per gallon. Competition for college biology teachers, however, wasn’t all that common.
Recently, the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association board voted for a 5 percent rate hike on coastal residents and businesses. his action was wrong and demonstrates why TWIA transparency and disclosure must be improved.
As Gen. Robert E. Lee rode about the Gettysburg battlefield after the Southern debacle, ordering his troops to retreat, he said again and again: “It’s all my fault.” “The blame is mine.” “All this has been my fault. It is I who have lost this fight, and you must help me out of it the best wa…
The Biden administration says it does not know how many U.S. citizens are in Afghanistan hoping to leave in the face of the American withdrawal and Taliban takeover. For days, Pentagon officials said they had no ability to venture outside the Kabul airport to find those Americans and bring t…
Texas politicians have spent the summer fighting over voting legislation that pits Republican proposals of “election integrity” against Democratic resistance to suppression of voters, especially people of color and voters who are disabled.
Surely, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick reached depths beyond which even he won't go when he blamed Democrats, African Americans specifically, for the recent spread of COVID-19.
Is Greg (“Cough-cough”) Abbott the worst governor of Texas ever? His list of blame-dodging, U-turns and general incompetence is long, but the competition is pretty tough. We’ve had ranchers, lawyers, a former prisoner of war, Rebels and Unionists and, worst of all, journalists: Gov. Will Hob…
There’s a fascinating question in a new Fox News poll that suggests the political dynamics at work in 2022 and 2024 will be far different from 2020. If that is the case, it is good news for Republicans.
The United States invaded Afghanistan in late 2001 with the goal of destroying al-Qaida and its Taliban hosts and, supposedly, establishing a democratic Afghan state and helping Afghan women and children.