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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...



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Gossage Owes Us an Apology

On invectives, Chick-fil-A, and politics
RAMSEY SPRAGUE
Eddie Gossage, president of Texas Motor Speedway, offered some rather disparaging words for the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-queer community during Mike Huckabee’s “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” earlier this month. To...


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Platform Diving

Read what the parties say they stand for.
DAVE McNEELY
Political party platforms are documents primarily written by true believers, embodying the beliefs of activists who actually like to go to meetings. But politicians who run for office under party banners are known for frequentl...



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No Dialogue?

So No Sign-Throwing
DIANE WOOD
It’s been a few years since I became aware of the problems with gas drilling in Fort Worth. Impressed with the knowledge put forth by Don and Debora Young, Gary Hogan, and others, I began to research and familiarize myself wi...


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Rule of Law: The Other Casualty

GRAYSON HARPER
The recent New York Times article describing Barack Obama’s “Kill List” made for a bumpy read. It’s not your standard Norman Rockwell fare: the president and his picture-perfect family seated at dinner, heads bowed, rec...



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Open-Armed, Despite All

GWYNNE DYER
What if China, flush with its new wealth, opened its doors to mass immigration? It would make sense from an economic and social point of view, because its one-child-per-family policy has produced a young generation far smaller ...


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A Virtual Economy?

Deborah Rogers
The demise of Chesapeake Energy continues to unfold. After news of $1.1 billion in unreported loans, Reuters exposed a $200 million hedge fund that CEO Aubrey McClendon ran from company headquarters. This fund invested in the s...



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Mr. Justice Kennedy Explains

(A Healthcare Satire)
EVE PROCTOR
“Our tradition, our law, has been that you don’t have the duty to rescue someone if that person is in danger. The blind man is walking in front of a car and you do not have a duty to stop him.” — Supreme Court Justice A...


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Shadows in Granite

The Vietnam Wall is deeply moving. The need for more such walls is tragic.
GRAYSON HARPER
Say, how many war memorials are there in the world? Must be thousands, right?  And how many do you suppose are engraved with the names of every single man and woman who died or went missing in the conflict they’re purporting...