Libraries have evolved so much over recent decades, patrons don’t even have to be literate to benefit from having them in their community.
Can Brazoria County and Surfside Beach sue the state of Texas? It’s what the state has done repeatedly when the federal government has imposed rules it hasn’t liked.
Dude Perfect, the Frisco-based trick shot empire, may be the epitome of internet culture banality, but now the group is using its power for good. We applaud it.
It is within reason for hospitals to demand their doctors and nurses scrub their hands before surgery, wear masks and gloves when treating patients and take other precautions to prevent the spread of diseases. Hospitals that didn’t enforce such compliance would find themselves subject to law…
Immortalized by a battle, the Alamo is destined to always be a site of contention. Sitting on the eastern edge of downtown San Antonio, the 18th-century limestone mission is one of the most distinctive and instantly recognizable structures in the world, yet it remains a blank slate onto whic…
In a perfect world, no child would go hungry, whether they live in a Third World country ravaged by drought or a nation of plenty such as our own.
When the can is kicked down the road long enough, eventually it will hit a pothole so big there’s no getting around having to dig deep to pull it out.
It’s far easier to recognize a problem and take action against it when it affects you personally. The pain of loss often is funneled into the cause in the hope another family doesn’t have to share your experience.
These days, it seems inevitable that when someone proposes a housing or commercial project, there will be a line of people complaining about how it will foul up their lives. Usually, the objections are about increased traffic, though increased crime risks and how it will change the feel of t…
Seeing voters have to be ferried on SUVs and Gators on Election Day in Sweeny last month is an ironic twist to the undelivered promises and unending complaints about flooding in that area of Brazoria County. As much as any other reason people offer, what has happened at the ballot box is res…
Government agencies who already can be disagreeable when it comes to fulfilling open records requests must have been downright gleeful the last year because of the pandemic.
It’s tradition to point out how bright the future appears for newly christened graduates, but considering the final 14 months of their educational journeys, it couldn’t be anything but.
There’s much more to it than an extra day for grilling out or a trip to the beach. Memorial Day is a day to honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States, losing their lives in military service.
The continued conflict between the state government providing insurance of last resort to coastal homeowners and their representatives' promises to keep the cost of that insurance at bare minimums prevent the TWIA from being sulf-sufficient.
They might be small things, but even the cosmetic makeover taking place at the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office demonstrates a commitment to change promised by Bo Stallman when voters elected him last year.
A bill passed last week sponsored by state Rep. Greg Bonnen, R-Friendswood, requiring an in-depth study of our nation’s foundational documents, is being heralded as a push back against “woke liberals” who want to minimize the role of the Founding Fathers. State Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswo…
A bill approved Friday by an overwhelming margin would require the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to install air conditioning at all its prison units, with one significant catch — the Legislature has to give them the money to do it.
When Port Freeport’s leadership announced back in the fall of 2019 it would start using eminent domain to finish collecting the properties in the city’s East End, we pointed out how no one should be surprised by the action. The port has been working for more than two decades to make that sec…
The Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office will pay tribute to county law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, including 11 from its own ranks.
Gov. Greg Abbott owes the public either an explanation or an apology about the serious and unfounded allegations of child abuse he made last month outside Freeman Coliseum.
The City of Freeport’s decision last week to expand the types of vehicles it prohibits from being parked on residential lawns might be necessary, but unless it is routinely and equitably enforced, it is as good as the paper it is written on.
Austin voters decisively voted to reinstate the city’s ban on public camping, a less offensive way of saying they want to put the homeless population out of sight and, in turn, out of mind.
One of the primary inhibitors to real reform of policing in Texas and nationwide is not a racial divide or objections among the rank and file in law enforcement, but the unions nationwide that object to reasonable accountability measures against police.
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Few people in Angleton know why the city’s popular, progressive police chief unexpectedly resigned a day before Angleton City Council was to hear a complaint about him. For that matter, no one is willing to say publicly what that complaint was about.
Concerned Citizens of Freeport in its earlier days drew the scoring of city leaders and many residents for its persistent negativity about how the city was being run. In many respects, their accusations proved legitimate as elected officials gave free rein to an administration that proved un…
For all the vitriol spewed over the outcome of the presidential election last fall, for the most part, there were few complaints about what happened further down the ballot. This is especially true for the municipal offices that were lopped onto the bottom after the pandemic prompted a delay…
The Texas Senate took another step toward what it believes is necessary to raise the bar of children’s education in the state by passing Senate Bill 28, the Charter School Equity Act.
People were beaming back in 2005 when a new emergency department at Sweeny Community Hospital came online. Built with the involvement of staff on what they would like in the new facility, the $2.1 million ER upgraded the department to benefit both patients and the people providing their care.
Senate Bill 7, which purports to protect the integrity of elections, drifts far afield from that motivation by restricting the convenience of people to cast their ballots. It is possible to accomplish both free, unfettered access to voting without handcuffing people from their constitutional…
The emotions Brazoria residents experienced after recently receiving their natural gas bills is not any different than those of Texans with variable-rate electric plans encountered in the immediate aftermath of the mid-February freeze.
One problem with government emergency actions is the political class never wants them to end. Witness the Biden administration’s extension of the eviction and foreclosure moratoriums, which by now are creating more trouble than they’re worth.
Looking at the back and forth between the owners of the Lucy Goose Market Antiques and Tea Room and the Freeport Economic Development Corp. board, the frustration of both sides is apparent.
When claims of social media bias against conservatives are made, they often are done through anecdotes without supporting data to back it up. The method makes it both easy to get people to rally behind the cause by also easy to debunk.
The COVID-19 vaccination clinics being operated by UTMB Health at the Dow Academic Center are an amazing demonstration of teamwork and dedication to the mission of protecting the community.
A study released Monday by the University of Houston put the extent of the catastrophic winter storm into focus, demonstrating its impact on Texans was even more severe than previously reported.
When the vaccines created to prevent the spread of COVID-19 were introduced last fall, there were many concerns expressed as to blocs of people who would be resistant to receiving it. But one group has proven to be especially problematic, especially given the political demographics of Texas.