Local Commentaries


The importance of literacy, school libraries

Last week, April 9 through April 15, was National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and those who have dedicated their lives to promote and maintain the use and value of these national treasures. ...

Lawmakers shouldn’t add to delay of justice

In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that separate educational facilities are inherently unequal and thereby ended the decades-long practice of segregating our nation’s public school students according to their race.

After the smoke clears, what comes next? Future of health care

March 24 was momentous in the House of Representatives. After more than seven years of railing against the Affordable Care Act, and after months of talk to repeal and replace, House Republicans prepared to finally bring their health care bill ...

For Railroad Commission, Earth Day is every day

Earth Day is April 22 this year, and I can’t wait to once again join tens of thousands of my fellow Texans at the largest Earth Day celebration in the world in Dallas. You might find it odd that a ...

Practical nationalism

Nationalism: “A desire by a large group of people (such as people who share the same culture, history, language, etc.) to form a separate and independent nation of their own; a sense of national consciousness.”

Appreciating our town hall meetings

Since the start of this 115th session of Congress, you have probably seen multiple news stories about town halls across the country. For instance, just recently, California U.S. Representatives Duncan Hunter and Darrell Issa hosted town hall discussions that were ...

Why I signed on to the Texas Bullet Train

Texans’ work ethic, entrepreneurial spirit and our willingness to take on big ideas explain why this state has become the country’s economic engine.

Celebrating courageous women in history

During March, we celebrate Women’s History Month and honor the courageous women in our history who have marched, organized and advanced the promise of equality, including such giants as Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Ida B. Wells ...

A shortsighted immigration policy

At the onset of President Trump’s campaign, Mr. Trump painted Mexican immigrants with a broad and nefarious brush, demonizing them as aggravated felons whose crimes include murder, drug and illegal firearm trafficking, and rape.

New administration: Unity will trump division

The early phases of Donald Trump’s presidency have been very alarming for some.

Failing the promised ‘America First’ agenda

The most talked about and disconcerting news story from this week is the resignation of Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor. On Feb. 13,

Welcoming refugees amid a travel ban

On Jan. 27, just a week after his inauguration, President Trump signed an executive order implementing a travel ban for entry to the United States for travelers from seven countries: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. The order ...

Back of the bus again: Seeking justice for families

We live in a world turned upside down. A new president is the enemy of both Democrat and Republican leaders. A major Black Christian leader is sent to stand in the hall by the office of the most senior Black ...

What’s next after the Women’s March?

Our nation has been wounded recently. But out of the wounds came somethig beautiful –millions of women, men and children marched across the nation and worldwide Jan. 20 in support of the Women’s Movement that has blossomed after the election

ACA debate continues, no remedy offered

Since the build-up to its passage, the Affordable Care Act has been intensely controversial.