Category Archive: Opinion

Aug 25 2014

I am not Sybrina Fulton

My 15-year-old son is a hulking 6’6. He wears a hoodie and listens to hip hop. But I’ve never had to explain to him that his neighbors might find him threatening. I’ve never told him that police officers might assume that if he’s hanging out on the sidewalks of our city he’s up to no …

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Aug 16 2014

A ticket to Sarah Palin’s funhouse

I figured the Texas lineup of Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Rick Perry, and a carnival sideshow of far-right Congress critters assured my state the glory of being the hands-down winner of the 2014 blue-ribbon prize for “Goofiest Politicos in America.” But now, a former winner has surged from obscurity to become the frontrunner. Yes, folks, …

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Aug 09 2014

Why government fails, and what we should do about it

As election season approaches, I’ve been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society. It’s that our government often fails — and that we need to address this. There’s ample cause for concern. The VA appointments scandal; the botched launch of the Affordable Care Act; the 28 years of missed inspections …

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Aug 02 2014

The NFL’s drugs vs thugs double standard

The NFL’s stance on illegal drugs is clear. If you’re caught possessing or using them, you’ve automatically earned yourself a suspension. Consider Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington’s case. He lost his entire 2014 salary of $2.9 million plus a few other things that will amount to at least hundreds of thousands of dollars after testing …

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Jul 19 2014

Worth more: One man or an entire city?

A population of 100,000 is substantial. Five states don’t even have one metropolis that large. Some cities that size, like Fargo, North Dakota, are their state’s biggest. Others, like Lansing, Michigan, are state capitals. About 100,000 people live in Rochester, Minnesota, home of the Mayo Clinic. The same goes for Burbank, California and Springfield, Ohio. …

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Jul 12 2014

Safeguarding free speech in the Digital Age

Representative Spencer Bachus stands out among conservatives. Representing Alabama’s 6th district, he’s built his political reputation as a supporter of fiscal responsibility, limited government and constitutional rights — with special attention to the First and Fourth Amendments. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise to hear this southern Republican speak in favor of net neutrality, …

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Jul 04 2014

Remembering the price of freedom on independence day

As we do every year, Texans across the state will gather this Fourth of July at barbecues, parades and picnics to enjoy time with family and friends, watch fireworks, and celebrate the anniversary of the birth of our nation. Independence Day is an annual reminder that we are fortunate to enjoy the greatest freedoms in …

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Jun 28 2014

The human cost of failed border policies

The first thing I saw was a boy crying. Terrified and sobbing against the window of the holding cell, he couldn’t have been more than 12 or 13. The room was full of other young boys, their curious eyes peering out at us as we walked by. These were the ones who made the trip …

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