Clarence Thomas exemplifies class

When U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas spoke at The University of Texas at Tyler, he spoke softly. He spoke without rancor, without partisanship and without demonizing his opponents. And this is a man who has himself been demonized by many on the left for his entire tenure on the Court. Thomas’ speech was informative and e…

Poor pay the price for ‘green dreams’

We’re all walking bundles of contradicting thought, and that’s all right. As Blaise Pascal wrote, “Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.

Free people do not always choose well

Here’s the dilemma government faces: What happens when citizens, free to make their own choices, choose unwisely? Is government then entitled — or even obligated — to take away that freedom? We would argue no; government must just work harder to educate its citizens about their choices. Here’s the latest example of people choosing unwisel

Our happiness not determined in D.C.

There’s a difference of opinion, it seems, on the exact nature of the apocalypse. It will occur either because of our “Do-Nothing Congress,” or because Congress actually does something.

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This administration must be more open

When journalists complain that the Obama administration has failed to live up to its promise to be the “most transparent” in history, much of the public yawns. After all, if anyone has a lower approval rating than Congress and the…

22 September 2014 [08:09 PM]
Marriage statistics track with poverty

If poverty is tied directly to employment, or to the economy, then those indicators and charts should track pretty closely with indicators for poverty. In other words, if poverty is only a question of jobs or opportunity, then a graph…

21 September 2014 [08:31 PM]
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Clarence Thomas exemplifies class

When U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas spoke at The University of Texas at Tyler, he spoke softly. He spoke without…

20 September 2014 [09:40 PM]
poor-pay-the-price-for-green-dreams
Poor pay the price for ‘green dreams’

We’re all walking bundles of contradicting thought, and that’s all right. As Blaise Pascal wrote, “Contradiction is not a sign of falsity,…

19 September 2014 [11:59 PM]
free-people-do-not-always-choose-well
Free people do not always choose well

Here’s the dilemma government faces: What happens when citizens, free to make their own choices, choose unwisely? Is government then entitled —…

18 September 2014 [08:27 PM]
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Our happiness not determined in D.C.

There’s a difference of opinion, it seems, on the exact nature of the apocalypse. It will occur either because of our “Do-Nothing…

17 September 2014 [08:48 PM]
Executive orders hurt Constitution

Exactly 227 years ago today, one of the most important documents in human history was signed. Its most striking feature is its limit on the acquisition of power by any one branch of government, through the separation of powers. Yes,…

16 September 2014 [08:31 PM]
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GOP’s opposition to PFA isn’t sexist

It’s tempting — particularly in an election year — to take the popular position without really thinking it through. But there are…

16 September 2014 [08:04 AM]
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Don't believe the 'war on women'

The Democrats are worried. That’s evident in the rhetoric being used in these weeks leading up to the Nov. 4 election. Democratic…

15 September 2014 [07:48 AM]
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Don't roll the dice on more gambling

Gambling is a bad bet for Texas. We shouldn’t tempt those among us who are liable to slip into destructive habits that…

14 September 2014 [01:10 AM]
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We cannot forget the lessons of 9/11

We all woke up on Sept. 12, 2001, to a drastically changed world. And that’s the world we still live in. It’s…

11 September 2014 [08:27 PM]
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Remembering 9/11 thirteen years later

Editor’s note: To commemorate the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, we here reprint portions of the address given by President…

10 September 2014 [10:13 PM]
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Home-cooked meal is now oppression?

This is getting silly. Now some on the left are railing about “The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner.” That’s the headline…

09 September 2014 [09:45 PM]
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Sorry, producers, there’s no Utopia

Much of the water-cooler talk across the county on Monday was about “Utopia,” a new reality series on Fox’s entertainment network. The…

08 September 2014 [10:07 PM]
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Lessons to learn from ‘Rathergate’

It was 10 years ago this month CBS News’ “Rathergate” scandal broke. News anchor Dan Rather and his producers aired a story…

07 September 2014 [11:18 PM]
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UTTyler benefits entire community

Sometimes, a small number can have big implications. As the Tyler Morning Telegraph reported in August, the University of Texas at Tyler…

06 September 2014 [10:55 PM]
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Labor Day is over, campaigns rev up

Get ready. Labor Day has passed, so candidates are ramping up their efforts toward Nov. 4. Here are some things to keep…

04 September 2014 [08:37 PM]
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There is no threat of GOP shutdown

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is sounding an “early warning” about a government shutdown that she contends Republicans are planning. On the contrary,…

03 September 2014 [11:08 PM]
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Unions no longer represent workers

The old song, “Which Side Are You On?” drew clear lines in the battles the unions once fought. It was workers against…

02 September 2014 [10:52 PM]
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Welfare shaming isn’t the answer

If the Great Recession taught us anything, it should have taught that we’re all vulnerable — no one industry, no one sector,…

01 September 2014 [10:35 PM]
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There is no threat of GOP shutdown

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is sounding an “early warning” about a government shutdown that she contends Republicans are planning. On the contrary,…

30 August 2014 [10:02 PM]
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United Nations is failing the world

As dozens of United Nations peacekeepers are captured in the Syrian desert, as Russian forces are reportedly entering Ukraine in numbers amounting…

29 August 2014 [11:37 PM]
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The evidence is in: the ACA costs jobs

No need for prognostication, prediction or dire warnings anymore. Studies by Federal Reserve Banks and surveys completed by businesses themselves are clear:…

28 August 2014 [10:31 PM]
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To stop inversions, fix corporate taxes

In the parlance of Washington these days, Burger King’s decision to improve its margins by purchasing a Canadian corporation and moving its…

27 August 2014 [11:02 PM]
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What GOP lacks is simple optimism

It’s the August “silly season” for pundits, so it’s more common now, but diagnosing problems and prescribing solutions for your political opponents…

26 August 2014 [10:57 PM]
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Venezuela proves socialism’s failure

Even as popular culture continues its revival of fascination with socialism, history and current events continue to disprove its most basic tenants.…

25 August 2014 [10:05 PM]
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We don’t need these militarized agencies

There’s some healthy discussion now about demilitarizing the police. This is the result of people seeing scenes from Ferguson, Missouri’s police in…

25 August 2014 [12:13 AM]
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Success in school depends on us all

What’s the most important thing we can do to ensure East Texas students get the most from school in the coming year?…

23 August 2014 [10:00 PM]