When I drove by the Bell County Courthouse Sept. 16 with my two boys, they asked why people were holding machine guns. “I don’t know,” I replied. “I don’t know why anyone feels like they need to show a weapon like that in public.”
I thought I would avoid having anything to say about Hillary Clinton’s latest book. I thought the book, “What Happened,” was meant to be some sort of cathartic Hillary Clinton 3.0 end of the story. I thought it would be accompanied by a graceful farewell tour. I forgot: The Clintons don’t do graceful and they certainly don’t do farewells. Instead, Clinton is thrashing around in front of the faithful, having pity parties and making news that has caught the attention of Republicans everywhere.
Does this sound familiar? Republican and Democratic lawmakers say they don’t fully understand what Trumpcare redux actually includes, but most Republicans are nonetheless lining up to vote for it. We won’t guess their motives, but reports indicate high-dollar donors threaten to withhold millions of dollars in campaign funds if Republicans don’t finally snuff the Affordable Care Act.
Late Tuesday I was asked what I thought of President Trump’s speech before the United Nations. An acquaintance suggested that, whatever other conclusion I might possibly reach, Trump was clearly putting America on footing to war with the world.
A Trib story about the Hewitt City Council considering a bond package of between $4 million and $6 million to fund road work and a new fire truck prompted lively debate over the prospect of a tax hike :
Sixteen words from my doctor changed my life: “What worries me is that I think you are in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.” I was 48 years old.
Sunday’s Trib report on enrollment at local school districts and charter schools might at first glance seem to offer little new. Yes, enrollment at school districts such as Midway and China Spring continues to grow. Yes, charter schools are drawing more and more students. Yes, student numbers are relatively flat in Waco Independent School District. In the old days, we labeled this scenario “white flight.” Some of it likely still is.
To the best of my knowledge, all four of my grandparents immigrated to America in a legal fashion. My parents were born in Texas, allowing my birth to gift me citizenship as an American and a Texan. Yet I sometimes wonder where I might be had my family been deported.
This month marks the 60th anniversary of implementation of the 1957 Civil Rights Act, which enshrines the right of all U.S. citizens to vote regardless of race, ethnicity or gender. It also established the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, so instrumental in helping to ensure the rights of minorities and women.
What were we talking about one year ago? Take a look back.
‘I find out that our board of regents has gutted our football program and damaged the reputation of Coach Art Briles after a one-sided and misguided investigation.’
A week before I started my first year at Baylor University, I asked my brother what to expect from Chapel and what was his opinion on it. What he said surprised me: “It’s not really like a church service at all. It is better described as just a mass meeting.”
The Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture, which President Barack Obama ceremonially opens today in Washington, D.C., will play a valuable part in the process of changing how African Americans are depicted in American history and society. And not just on the national stage, but here in Texas as well.
The film “Sully” directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks sparked a lot of conversation on a Facebook page devoted to promoting the film with comments from those who have seen it. Much debate arose over the plot device of National Transportation Safety Board bureaucrats trying to blame heroic pilot Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger and his decision to save lives by landing in the Hudson River. The airliner was incapacitated by some unlucky Canadian geese mid-air.