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Budget Wars

Will the legislature cut taxes or fund schools or leave local governments holding the bag or … ?
BY DAVE McNEELY
The battles over budget priorities that the Texas Legislature goes through every two years are already well under way, on many fronts. Some, including Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick the Senate’s new presiding officer, say ta...


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Safety First

Is glitter going before concern for water quality on the Trinity?
BY KENDALL MCCOOK
I finally found the opportunity to visit the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and enjoy Terry Evans’ photographic exhibit, Meet Me at the Trinity. The impressive work, commissioned by the museum, represents a vision of a ri...



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The Meaning of Paris

GWYNNE DYER
After French policeman Ahmed Merabet was killed outside the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris last week, his brother Malek said, “My brother was Muslim, and he was killed by two terrorists, by two false Muslims. Islam is a relig...


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Goodhair Moves On

DAVE MCNEELY
Over the 26 years he was Texas agriculture commissioner, John C. White developed a saying: At a political funeral, it’s better to be a pallbearer than a corpse. White died in 1995, but he’d have been intrigued to see the su...



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Frost Bite

Perry’s frozen gas tax hurts transportation, schools.
DAVE MCNEELY
Outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Perry’s consistent response to calls to raise the state’s gas tax has truly been, “My way or the highway.” And “my way” prevailed over “the highway” — at least, if you’re for hi...


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Owning Up

Being honest with ourselves about race is the starting point.
KEN WHEATCROFT-PARDUE
I’ll always love my Great Aunt Flossie. As a youngster, rocking on her front porch in Galveston, I sat enthralled, listening to her yarns about the Pirate Jean Lafitte’s hidden treasure chest of gold doubloons still buried ...



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Republicans, We Hardly Know Ye

FRANK MATTHEWS
I’m curious — what has happened to the Republican Party? After all, these are the people who like to tell Americans they are the party of Lincoln, Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and even to some extent, George H. W. Bush (the s...


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Terrorism Equation

Western leaders keep getting it backward.
GWYNNE DYER
“We will not be cowed by these sick terrorists,” said British Prime Minister David Cameron after ISIS produced a grisly video of the mass beheading of Syrian captives by jihadis. “We will not be intimidated,” said Canad...



What's next for Wendy?

Moving On

Davis and Van de Putte pull up their socks and look to other races.
DAVE MCNEELY
The first-ever female ticket for Texas governor and lieutenant governor — Democratic state Sens. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth and Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio — couldn’t win the Nov. 4 election. They couldn’t buck T...


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Apocalypse by Apathy

The biggest tragedy of the November vote was how few did.
KEN WHEATCROFT-PARDUE
The elderly woman stood in her thin robe at the doorway of her modest bungalow, scratching the sores on her arm, a slight tremor traveling through her gaunt body. “No, I’m sick of the government and all the things they’re...