Tax abatement plan will benefit all of us

Tax abatement agreements get a bad rap these days. But what Wednesday’s announcement of more than 300 new jobs for Tyler shows is that tax abatement is a useful tool for attracting new businesses to a region. We’ll benefit immensely from having the new Fresenius Medical Care North America administrative facility here. And tax abatement helped…

GOP to be left with Trump's wreckage

Every sulfurous belch from the molten interior of the volcanic Trump phenomenon injures the chances of a Republican presidency. After Donald Trump finishes plastering a snarling face on conservatism, any Republican nominee will face a dauntingly steep climb to reach even the paltry numbers that doomed Mitt Romney.

Solar energy fails a free market test

There’s a case to be made for solar power. But it’s not a case based on free-market economics. Rather, it’s a case based upon the premises that solar power is clean, and that clean is better than cheap. President Barack Obama doesn’t seem to get that, though.

Jimmy Carter's graceful approach should inspire us all

When Ronald Reagan announced in November 1994 he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, even some of his most ardent political opponents paused to wish him well.

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GOP to be left with Trump's wreckage

Every sulfurous belch from the molten interior of the volcanic Trump phenomenon injures the chances of a Republican presidency. After Donald Trump…

28 August 2015 [07:02 PM]
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Lower crude prices no cause for panic

Psychiatry is a fine profession, as long as it’s practiced by the professionals. Amateurs should stay out. Sometimes, however, it seems to…

27 August 2015 [08:26 PM]
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Policy ideas from Black Lives Matter

For some months, the big question about the Black Lives Matter movement has been whether it would lead to real policy proposals.…

27 August 2015 [04:18 AM]
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Clean Power Plan will hurt minorities

Under the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, the price of electricity will go up. The price of everything made with electricity will…

24 August 2015 [04:04 AM]
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A promising new health care trend

What’s sadly missing from the health care debate - a debate that the Affordable Care Act did not end - is the…

23 August 2015 [04:54 AM]
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Sanders and Trump share a philosophy

A new chapter in American politics has begun. Millions of Americans on the right and left have lost faith in their political…

21 August 2015 [07:19 PM]
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Texas' tort reforms have been a success

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s entire presidential campaign is “hey, look at Texas.” And that’s valid. But it’s also an opportunity to…

21 August 2015 [07:18 PM]
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Modernist memorial will not honor Ike

We could wearily shrug, say “Oh, well,” and economize waste and annoyance by just building the proposed $142 million Dwight D. Eisenhower…

20 August 2015 [07:16 PM]
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Election wisdom from fairy tales

Louisiana held one of the nation’s first straw polls last week. It wasn’t widely reported, but Sen. Ted Cruz’s win there shows…

20 August 2015 [07:14 PM]
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Polls mean nothing at this stage of race

Presidential polls, particularly at this stage in a race, have their place. But they’re not reliable, and unfortunately, they’re taken far too…

20 August 2015 [04:27 AM]
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Margaret Sanger's horrific views clear

Fact-checking is important, particularly during election campaigns. But much of what’s labeled as “fact-checking” these days is an effort to put a…

19 August 2015 [04:45 AM]
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Biofuel company's donations to Dems

Even as Hillary Clinton’s email troubles get more and more attention, intriguing and disturbing news continues to emerge from the Clinton Family…

17 August 2015 [04:21 AM]
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Let charities assist North Korea famine

It’s becoming increasingly clear that North Korea will soon see another famine. How should the United States respond? Doug Bandow from the…

14 August 2015 [07:49 PM]
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Strategic thinking important for GOP

The book of Matthew calls on us to be as shrewd as serpents but as innocent as doves. That’s called strategic thinking.…

13 August 2015 [07:18 PM]
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College costs are the real problem

The problem with Hillary Clinton’s plan to make college affordable is that it doesn’t do anything of the sort. Her $350 billion…

12 August 2015 [09:19 PM]
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American dream is achievable for all

When all you have is a hammer, it’s often said, every problem looks like a nail. With society’s focus on race these…

12 August 2015 [05:03 AM]
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