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Bad Choices

’Twixt the devil and a big hot world.
GWYNNE DYER
There are, we are told, only two options: We stop burning fossil fuels before our carbon dioxide emissions drive the planet’s average temperature up by a full 2 degrees Celsius, in which case we will push the world into the b...


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Getting Along

Hooray for the red, blue, and purple.
DAVE McNEELY
Texas legislators from time to time “memorialize” Congress to do this or that. Since the request bears no force of law, the result is sort of like pouring a beer over the lip of the Grand Canyon and listening for it to hit....



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Cruz Ship: Off Course?

DAVE McNEELY
Well, that didn’t take long. Or, as NBC broadcaster Andrea Mitchell put it recently, “Ted Cruz has made his mark already.” If The Cruz were a missile, there might be a plaintive call to Mission Control: “Houston, we hav...


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Drones Don’t Kill Kids

Presidents — and the people who want more guns — do.
GRAYSON HARPER
Two months later, and I’m still thinking about those teachers and children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.  I guess a lot of other people are thinking about them too. People in the gun industry, for instanc...



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A Ban on Hypocrisy

Liberals and conservatives should re-examine the basics of our public debates.
E.R. BILLS
Not long after the shooting in Newtown, Conn., I got into a little argument with a good friend about gun control. I lean liberal, he leans conservative. We exchanged the predictable points, and then something strange happened. ...


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A Tar Sands Manifesto

RAMSEY SPRAGUE
The mornings start off frosty. Four months ago, in the August heat, waking with the sun was still a muggy, sweaty pleasure. Late summer in Texas is a test of wills, but so too is a Texas winter spent in tents. Living like this,...



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Guns and America

GWYNNE DYER
Here’s an interesting statistic: The second-highest rate of gun ownership in the world is in Yemen, a largely tribal, extremely poor country. The highest is in the United States, where there are almost as many guns as people:...


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Coasting Toward Disaster

GWYNNE DYER
They made some progress at the latest round of international negotiations on controlling climate change, held earlier this month in Qatar. They agreed that countries that cause the warming should compensate the ones that suffer...



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Storm Tossed

Hurricane Sandy already fading from memory? Lucky you.
LAYLA CARAWAY
The images of Hurricane Sandy are burned in my mind now, joining those of Katrina and, of course, Ally Collins. People who have never been through a flood don’t get it. While the Haltom City flood pales in comparison to a hur...


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1962: The Scariest Halloween

GWYNNE DYER
This month is the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, so we may hear a great deal about the weeks when the world almost died. But the past is a foreign country, a place where everything was in black-and-white and men ...