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Drug War Victims: Taxpayers

DAVE McNEELY
A rare political collision is occurring in Texas: The left and the right have backed into each other, both deciding that long sentences for most drug offenders are inhumane, ineffective, and expensive. Progressives think such s...


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Mission Not Accomplished

GWYNNE DYER
In his visit to Afghanistan last December, British Prime Minister David Cameron ended up sounding just as deluded as President George W. Bush had been when he proclaimed “Mission accomplished” six weeks after the invasion o...



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Getting off the High Horse

Knee-jerk reactions in a shock-jock world help no one.
KEN WHEATCROFT-PARDUE
After a tough day, you’re decompressing, shutting out the world, checking out the lightest of internet fare. You come across a video with a headline about a high school teacher falling asleep in front of her class. What a los...


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Fools Rush In

Legislators consider bringing high-level radioactive waste to Texas.
KAREN HADDEN
The Texas Legislature will hold hearings this year on the supposed benefits of our state storing the very hottest type of radioactive waste. Only political greed overriding common sense could account for such a stupid idea. Whe...



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Dynasty

Another Bush looks for his place in Texas’ political orchards.
DAVE McNEELY
The Bushes don’t hanker to inch up the political ladder. They start at or near the top. For four generations, it’s either been Congress or statewide office for them. George P. Bush, 37, is no exception. He announced early i...


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Fuzzy But Impressive

Is Wendy Davis’ fund-raising making Abbott sweat?
DAVE McNEELY
Democratic governor candidate Wendy Davis has jabbed for months at her Republican rival, Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott, for things like defending in court the Texas Legislature’s slashing of school spending. He has ignored her. With...



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Adding Angst to Tragedy

KAREN TELSCHOW JOHNSON
Down the road from my office, at John Peter Smith Hospital, Marlise Muñoz, 33, is brain-dead. She is a continued patient at JPS because she is plugged into machines that breathe for her and pump her blood. The hospital chose t...


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The Other Obamacare Embarrassment

DAVE McNEELY
There is broad agreement that the glitch-filled rollout of Affordable Care Act enrollment was awful. Some have compared it to the botched response to Hurricane Katrina by the administration of President Obama’s predecessor, R...



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Texting While the Planet Burns

GRAYSON HARPER
Lately, I’ve noticed the silence around a growing cataclysm — the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. There’s a China syndrome, ongoing, that threatens the entire Pacific Ocean and could also result in a rad...


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Keystone Election Kops

Nov. 5 was just a warm-up for what could be a sad circus in enforcing the new voter ID law.
KEN WHEATCROFT-PARDUE
The new Texas voter ID law had one effect with which neither side can quibble. It got Fort Worth in the national news for something besides our weather or being forever and famously known as the place where former Baptist Sunda...