In this Trib editorial board Q&A, local United Way officials explain why its board is optimistic about grants tailored to specific needs in Waco, focusing on education, health, financial stability and safety-net services, even amidst a dramatic shift in how the nonprofit organization chooses who to fund and how much to award.
Profile in courage
Tuesday’s death of high-tech pioneer and unorthodox but engaging two-time presidential candidate Ross Perot at age 89 constitutes passage of not only an authentic American patriot and philanthropist but an individual who represented the best of Texas in everything from innovation to independence to ready delivery of chicken-fried witticisms. And while he had maintained a low profile in the years since his grassroots presidential pursuits, his life story has much to emulate and many lessons to learn.
Moving from Waco to Minnesota has involved some adjustments. It’s surprising how many different winter coats one needs here, and there’s the troubling existence of the “walleye fajita” at what passes for Mexican restaurants. Among the benefits, though, is close proximity to a quintessential American process: presidential candidates campaigning in Iowa.
Two economic stories received big headlines the week of July 4. The Dow Jones industrial average hit a record high and the economy added 224,000 jobs in June. On the surface, the nation’s economy looks to be in great shape, especially if you own stocks.
I’m angry. In Spanish we call this anger digna rabia, dignified rage, and I invite you to share it with me.
A certain amount of understandable whining commenced Monday with formal acceptance of Katie Allgood’s resignation as the city of Hewitt’s embattled managing director of administration in exchange for a $110,000 settlement. The settlement is part of a broader separation agreement between the city and Allgood, who in turn agrees to dismiss a lawsuit alleging bias and sexual harassment, primarily involving then-Mayor Ed Passalugo and former Councilman Kurt Krakowian.
Matthew 25:31-46 exhorts Christians to care for “the least of these.” Certainly under any but the most perverse and self-serving interpretation of the New Testament, this would include immigrant children on the border, some detained in horrific conditions unworthy of American ideals and values, others benefiting from nonprofits clearly overburdened as they seek to address a humanitarian crisis on the border.
What were we talking about one year ago? Take a look back.
As Judge Brett Kavanaugh prepares for his confirmation hearings, no institution of American government is more shrouded in mythology than the Supreme Court. The uber-myth is that the court is an objective institution that makes decisions by applying the facts of a case to the relevant statute, constitutional text, intent of the framers and precedents. But in fact, scholars such as Eric Segallwrite,the role of politics is so substantial that "the Supreme Court is not a court and its justices are not judges." Here are five of the most persistent misconceptions.
How serious are President Donald Trump's latest trade threats against China? The scale of the new measures -- 10 percent tariffs on an additional $200 billion of Chinese products -- will certainly get Beijing's attention. But the headline figure matters less than the industries being targeted and their relative importance to China's economy. By that metric, this latest attack is a serious escalation.
I was about to enjoy my morning cup of tea at my favorite coffee shop when I realized there were no plastic straws. For most people, this would be a minor annoyance or inconvenience. For me, a disabled person, no straw means no drink -- if I try drinking my tea without a straw, I risk choking or burning myself with the hot liquid. Unwilling to take the risk, I offered the tea to my friend.