Local Commentaries


Information is power: Educating citizens to become informed voters

The Dallas Examiner has a history of initiating and carrying the conversation in Dallas about voting. We believe and have demonstrated that voting is a right that everyone should exercise, especially African Americans, because of our history of being denied ...

Women in search of peace

While the national and international media has vigorously highlighted recent meetings between President Donald J. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, very little has been broadcast or written about the persistent work of thousands of women peace activists who ...

Can America’s Democracy be saved?

In watching the antics, practices and actions of the current administration, it is apparent that American democracy is under attack.

Preventing domestic abuse

Democrats in the House of Representatives stood up for victims of domestic violence, and said no to the National Rifle Association when the House overwhelmingly voted last week to expand the Violence against Women Act by restricting the sale of ...

The marathon continues: Lessons from Nipsey Hussle

Last week, our culture and community lost a powerful individual by the name of Ermias Asghedom, who was of Eritrean descent – a country in the Horn of Africa. Asghedom is a one of one type of individual, none before ...

Presidential overreach being challenged

While announcing his “state of emergency” and going against the will of Congress, President Trump said that other occupants of his office, among them President Barack Obama, had preceded him in calling for national emergencies.

We must serve the American people

The shameful government shutdown has ended and must never occur again. The lives of federal employees and their families are too important to have been turned upside down as they were during the 35 days when the government was held ...

Held hostage: End the madness now!

While furloughed government employees are turning to pawn shops to borrow money to pay their rents and mortgages, and others are standing in line at food banks for groceries to feed their families, the president of the United States continues ...

We shall protect your healthcare

The latest attack on vulnerable Americans who need assistance to ensure that they and their families have adequate and affordable health insurance comes not from the United States Congress, where the law providing such insurance was challenged more than 60 ...

Remembering President George H.W. Bush

At the funeral tribute for his late wife, Barbara, who died last April, former President George H.W. Bush sat pensively in his wheelchair near her casket,

New act could mean prison reform now

In the few remaining weeks of the 115th Congress, it is imperative that we witness the passage of legislation that will, among other things, overhaul the nation’s sentencing guidelines, and give judges the option of bypassing so-called mandatory minimum sentences ...

What a Democratic House must do

In the next Congress that convenes in January, it is my intention to seek the chairmanship of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, a panel on which I now sit as its ranking member.

The fight has just begun

The midterm elections are now over and unprecedented numbers of people in Texas and throughout the country cast their ballots for candidates of their choice. I am extremely grateful to all of those who voted to return me to Congress ...

Federal agencies unprepared: Government report shows DHHS scrambled to deal with separation of immigrant families

Federal agencies did not plan for the potential increase of children who were separated from their parents during “zero tolerance,” according to a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Will Waller Co. guard students’ voting rights?

For the second time this month, the eyes of Texas, and particularly voting rights advocates, have been drawn to the campus of Prairie View A&M University.