Reid's departure is good for Earth

This is great news for the environment. Sen. Harry Reid won’t run for re-election. That means the biggest obstacle to a truly “green” energy future will be gone. “Sen. Harry Reid, the tough tactician who has led Senate Democrats since 2005, will not seek re-election next year, bringing an end to a three-decade congressional career that…

License plates not advertising space

There’s broad consensus among Texas newspapers and commentators that the Confederate flag should be kept off Texas license plates. The consensus is right — the flag has no place on a state license plate — but it’s not a free speech issue. It’s more of a story about a state scheme to increase revenues that went wrong.

Marking Passover and Palm Sunday

Two significant religious holidays nearly coincide this year, though their messages — at first glance — seem to conflict. Today is “Palm Sunday,” a day that commemorates Jesus Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem in glory. The Jewish holiday of Passover — which commemorates the slaying of the Egyptian first-born and the preservation of

'Father of Singapore' leaves a lasting legacy

It is not often that the leader of a small city-state — in this case, Singapore — gets an international reputation. But no one deserved it more than Lee Kuan Yew, the founder of Singapore as an independent country in 1959, and its prime minister from 1959 to 1990. With his death, he leaves behind a legacy

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Reid's departure is good for Earth

This is great news for the environment. Sen. Harry Reid won’t run for re-election. That means the biggest obstacle to a truly…

30 March 2015 [07:34 PM]
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License plates not advertising space

There’s broad consensus among Texas newspapers and commentators that the Confederate flag should be kept off Texas license plates. The consensus is…

29 March 2015 [10:12 PM]
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Marking Passover and Palm Sunday

Two significant religious holidays nearly coincide this year, though their messages — at first glance — seem to conflict. Today is “Palm…

28 March 2015 [11:34 PM]
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U.N.'s corruption clearer every day

As if any further evidence is needed, a new statement from the corrupt United Nations should prove the international body is beyond…

27 March 2015 [07:13 PM]
Nurse practitioners could help ease doctor shortages

Texans often pride themselves on being number one — and for good reason. We’re number one in job creation, we’ve got the fastest-growing economy in the country, and we’ve been the top exporting state for 12 years. But there’s some…

26 March 2015 [09:11 PM]
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Mandatory voting infringes on rights

At the voting booth, “none of the above” should always be an option. That’s why President Barack Obama was wrong last week…

26 March 2015 [09:06 PM]
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Tax deals should be open records

One of the best ideas to come out of this year’s Sunshine Week — a week dedicated to open and accountable government…

25 March 2015 [07:45 PM]
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A saintly lesson in loving opponents

A canonization has risen to the attention of the august — but decidedly secular — Atlantic magazine. The journal’s editor James Parker…

23 March 2015 [07:49 PM]
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EPA needs to stay out of backyards

Just in time for warmer weather and brighter evenings, the EPA has invited itself over for barbecue. And it didn’t even bring…

22 March 2015 [08:19 PM]
Minimum wage laws don't assist the poor

It is fascinating to see brilliant people belatedly discover the obvious — and to see an even larger number of brilliant people never discover the obvious. A recent story in a San Francisco newspaper says that some restaurants and grocery…

20 March 2015 [07:28 PM]
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Now nice guys are a threat to women?

Even for those who want to do the right thing, modern (or should we say postmodern) identity politics makes it tough to…

20 March 2015 [07:22 PM]
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Ohio's John Kasich ready to run again

Ideas fly from Gov. John Kasich like sparks from a flint. While explaining his prison reforms, he interrupts himself midsentence — his…

19 March 2015 [08:46 PM]
Conservatives and liberals should agree on this pot bill

Last year, Congress passed an amendment that barred the Department of Justice from using federal dollars to prosecute medical marijuana dispensaries in states that have legalized them. Last week, three senators proposed a measure to clean up the federal-state medical…

19 March 2015 [08:38 PM]
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We want all those eggs we skipped

Someone, somewhere, owes us eggs. “The nation’s top nutrition advisory panel has decided to drop its caution about eating cholesterol-laden food, a…

19 March 2015 [08:27 PM]
Texas needs more sunshine in state and local government

Private university police beat a man suspected of stealing a bicycle. The violent episode was captured on a dash camera, but when questions arose the police refused to release the complete video. City officials used their personal email accounts to…

18 March 2015 [09:16 PM]
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Corruption probes should be reformed

A fundamental question raised by then-Gov. Rick Perry’s battles with the Travis County District Attorney’s office was this — why is an…

18 March 2015 [09:10 PM]
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Bad decisions have bad consequences

A new book has revived the debate about how behavior and poverty are linked. Whether behavior and bad decisions — dropping out…

17 March 2015 [07:51 PM]
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St. Patrick's work continues even now

Put down the green beer for a moment — just a moment — and consider what’s most important about St. Patrick himself.…

16 March 2015 [07:30 PM]
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Laws won't defend or define marriage

It’s time for a divorce — a permanent separation of marriage from government. That’s the best way to resolve the conflict over…

14 March 2015 [10:42 PM]
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A modest proposal for the '1 percent'

Jonathan Swift is mostly remembered for “Gulliver’s Travels,” which is sometimes told as a children’s story and more rarely recognized for the…

13 March 2015 [11:36 PM]
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Women's rights are human rights, too

We shouldn’t allow International Women’s Day to pass without a comment on the biggest threat to women in modern history — the…

12 March 2015 [10:00 PM]
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'Crony capitalism' is the real culprit

If capitalism is under attack these days, it’s at least partly the fault of capitalists — at least, crony capitalists. Democrats and…

11 March 2015 [07:44 PM]
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Education, work can fight poverty

One of the most destructive myths of the modern left is the idea that much of life is beyond our own control.…

10 March 2015 [10:54 PM]
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