Columns/Opinions

Thu
27
Oct

Secret plan to save south hinged on Texas

By Bartee Haile

An obscure Confederate major with a famous last name presented a secret proposal to the governor of Texas on Oct. 27, 1863. Next came the hard part -- convincing Francis Lubbock that he alone could save the South. Summer setbacks had dealt a mortal blow to Confederate chances of a military victory. After the Battle of Gettysburg, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Virginia was in full retreat, and on the western front the fall of Vicksburg had split the South at the Mississippi.       

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Thu
27
Oct

Judge reaffirms, expands reach of injunction against bathroom directive

By Ed Sterling

Fort Worth-based U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor has reaffirmed his Aug. 21 injunction placing a temporary hold on federal guidelines for accommodating transgender students in the use of public school bathrooms and locker rooms. In his order last week, O’Connor also denied a request by the Obama administration to limit the injunction to Texas and 12 other states that signed on as plaintiffs.     

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Thu
20
Oct

I was once accused...

By Dennis Phillips

It never fails before a local election that a local newspaper will be accused of being bias for one candidate or another. The accusations begin about 4 weeks to the election and they always start the same way. As a local newspaper publisher I have been accused by an entire political party; I have been accused of bias by singular candidates. I have ben accused of promoting one candidate more than another; I have been accused of targeting a candidate. It’s a good thing I have a thick skin and can forgive all these accusations. 

 

 

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Thu
20
Oct

Abbott, Patrick, Straus call for action by Child Protective Services

By Ed Sterling

Texas’ top three officeholders on Oct. 12 instructed the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to improve the protection of children at risk of abuse. With recent data showing the agency is struggling to see children in a timely manner, Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus sent a letter to Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Hank Whitman, calling for immediate action to more quickly help vulnerable children. 

 

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Thu
13
Oct

Politics far and wide; state and city

By John Naron

This weekend I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of undergrads from Texas A&M. They were talking politics and the vast majority of the group leaned to one side of the political spectrum. I asked them if they could would either have the presidential candidates be their first choice. There was no hesitation as the whole group agreed that they would have chosen almost anyone else to represent them. I then asked what they thought of local government. Silence… Though some could name the mayor in their hometown, not one could name a council member. 

 

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Thu
13
Oct

High court refuses to rehear Texas immigration case

By Ed Sterling

The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 3 denied the Obama administration’s petition for a rehearing of United States v. Texas, a high-profile immigration case. Heard by the eightmember high court in April, the case ended in a 4-4 deadlock in a late- June ruling. The deadlock left in place a Texas federal district court’s temporary injunction freezing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s November 2014 policies known as “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” and “Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents.” 

 

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Thu
06
Oct

Focus on improvements and some holiday cheer

By John Naron

 

Hearne are you ready for a new year? A new budget is waiting to be passed and the City and I are ready to start a new year of great customer service. This year we will focus on drainage and street improvements. The City will modernize current processes and work on professionalism and employee development. 

 

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Thu
06
Oct

State opts out of federal refugee resettlement program

. By Ed Sterling

 

Texas has acted on its threat to withdraw from the federal refugee resettlement program, Gov. Greg Abbott said on Sept. 30. Texas had demanded enhanced FBI screening of individuals “from terrorist-based nations” and expressed resistance to the federal government’s request that the Lone Star State increase by 25 percent the number of refugees to be resettled. An estimated 7,000 refugees have taken up residence in Texas in the past year. 

 

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Thu
29
Sep

Type A & B

By Kent Brunette

 

Hearne’s Type A and Type B Sales Tax Board members and city officials are getting trained in the basics of Texas Economic Development law. Leaving Hearne at 5:30 a.m. this past Friday to avoid having to pay $109 a night in hotel room costs for four people each and incurring only one mileage charge, a Hearne delegation consisting of Cindy Wallace, Erin Powell, John Naron, and yours truly travelled to Houston. We attended the Texas Economic Development Council’s day-long economic development workshop.

 

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Thu
29
Sep

State of Texas may withdraw from federal resettlement program

By Ed Sterling

Texas officials said the state will withdraw from the federal refugee resettlement program if the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement does not approve the Lone Star State’s refugee plan by Sept. 30. In a Sept. 21 letter to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, State Refugee Coordinator Kara Crawford gave official notice of Texas’ intention to withdraw from the program. A news release from the governor’s office said the letter was in response to the federal government’s “unwillingness to approve Texas’ updated state refugee plan, which would require national security officials to ensure that refugees do not pose a security threat to Texas.”  

 

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