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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 ...


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Tilting at Texas Windmills

Paul Sadler pins his senate hopes on a high turnout.
DAVE McNEELY
The cliché “hope springs eternal” has to apply to Paul Sadler, the Democratic nominee to replace Republican U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who isn’t seeking re-election this year. Sadler, who chaired the Texas House Pub...



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The 100-Year Starship

Traffic got you down? Consider spaceflight.
GWYNNE DYER
Never mind the constraints of the miserable present — the shrinking budgets, the lost opportunities, the collapsing morale. Thinking is free, so let’s think really big. Let’s think about … building a starship in the...


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Self-Inflicted Wounds

Keep the Texas Legislature away from redistricting.
DAVE MCNEELY
Fraud! Shameful! There seemed to be a contest between Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst to see who could make the more outrageous comment after two federal courts poured out the Texas Legislature’s redistricting and...