Clinton crony Sidney Blumenthal shows lack of ethics

Charity Navigator should make this an informal rule: If your charity is employing Sidney Blumenthal, it automatically goes on the watch list. The ethical controversies around Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation have often seemed 1990s redux, and never more so than when a New York Times story resurfaced longtime Clinton loyalist Blumenthal.…

Giving to campaigns still a form of speech

A simple apology would suffice. Instead, campaign finance reformers, horrified by the predictable results of their handiwork, aspire to yet more regulatory wrinkles to limit political speech. These, too, would have consequences unintended and undesired by reformers, “requiring” a new round of reforms.

Legislature fails to make sensible fixes

The Texas Legislature has a couple more days to go in the session, but the bulk of its work is done. And what’s just as significant as what has been done is what has been left undone.

Outlaws don't get gun carry permits

Some on the left are drawing exactly the wrong conclusions about the recent shootings in a Waco restaurant. They seem to think the shootings are a reason to tighten gun control laws, and that somehow the shootings prove that concealed carry or even open carry laws are bad. The shootings don’t prove that at all.

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Giving to campaigns still a form of speech

A simple apology would suffice. Instead, campaign finance reformers, horrified by the predictable results of their handiwork, aspire to yet more regulatory…

28 May 2015 [07:53 PM]
How the Ivy League schools discriminate against Asians

If you’re applying to Harvard and your last name is Wong, Li or Liu, changing it to Lopez or Luciano could increase your chances of getting in. Harvard routinely rejects “Asian” applicants in favor of whites and sought-after minorities with…

27 May 2015 [07:53 PM]
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Outlaws don't get gun carry permits

Some on the left are drawing exactly the wrong conclusions about the recent shootings in a Waco restaurant. They seem to think…

27 May 2015 [07:51 PM]
What to give your college graduates?

This is the season of college graduations, and many people may be wondering what kinds of gifts would be most appropriate for young people leaving the world of academia and heading out to face the challenges and opportunities of adulthood…

27 May 2015 [07:50 PM]
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Legislature is right to cut franchise tax

Texas lawmakers are to be commended for cutting the business-unfriendly franchise tax and making it easier for smaller business to comply. That’s…

26 May 2015 [11:18 PM]
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Energy revolution is just beginning

The energy revolution is set to begin its next phase, and it’s going to be glorious. The Obama administration gave its approval…

25 May 2015 [08:34 PM]
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Remember those who fell in wars

Memorial Day is a holiday often connected with the end of the school year, the start of vacation season and a time…

24 May 2015 [07:47 PM]
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Politics, barbecue: smoke, not sauce

It’s the first major scandal of Gov. Greg Abbott’s administration, and we can no longer, in good conscience, remain silent. Last week,…

23 May 2015 [11:27 PM]
Pulling punches a sign of disrespect

Carly Fiorina is articulate, thoughtful and accomplished. For those who keep track of such things, she was the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 business, and she ran a credible, if unsuccessful, campaign for a U.S. senate seat from…

22 May 2015 [07:17 PM]
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Keep Memorial Day safe and memorable

Memorial Day weekend marks the traditional start to summer fun — and also, tragically, to preventable summer injuries and fatalities. People are…

22 May 2015 [07:15 PM]
Graduates are celebrated in special Tyler Paper section

There’s something special in today’s Tyler Morning Telegraph. Something worth celebrating. Something more than a decade in the making. In today’s paper you’ll find an 18-page special graduation section featuring the names of all graduation candidates from more than 70…

21 May 2015 [07:43 PM]
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Capital punishment slowly fading away

Without a definitive judicial ruling or other galvanizing event, a perennial American argument is ending. Capital punishment is withering away. It is…

21 May 2015 [07:39 PM]
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Best alternative to coal? Still nuclear

If the Obama administration has declared war on coal, it’s done so while unilaterally disarming itself of its most potent weapon —…

21 May 2015 [07:37 PM]
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The Magna Carta established rights

Exactly 800 years ago, a group of noblemen presented England’s King John with an ultimatum: Recognize limits to the power of the…

20 May 2015 [07:32 PM]
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Guaranteed income and fluffy unicorns

Do you know what would be awesome? Unicorn rides. Housecleaning gnomes. A universal guaranteed income for everyone. Sadly, those all exist only…

19 May 2015 [07:59 PM]
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Government isn't always the answer

Not every problem has a federal government solution. Many working parents have a real problem — day care is expensive, and quality…

18 May 2015 [08:05 PM]
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Rethinking Amtrak after the accident

It’s still unclear what caused that horrific Amtrak crash near Philadelphia last week — though officials have confirmed the train was going…

17 May 2015 [07:55 PM]
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Baker's leadership fails court, county

As usual, the problem is the process. Smith County Judge Joel Baker has signed a contract with a private company, American Traffic…

16 May 2015 [07:56 PM]
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Break up Amtrak, privatize NE routes

Well, of course they are. Democrats are angry about some proposed cuts made in the House to Amtrak funding. “Democrats on Wednesday…

15 May 2015 [08:00 PM]
Sen. Rand Paul makes sense, friends in San Francisco

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., wants to be “a different kind of Republican.” And he is. His campaign is joining San Francisco’s sharing economy by renting shared space. That should appeal to young voters. On Saturday, from the South of Market…

14 May 2015 [07:25 PM]
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Letting kids explore is called growing up

Controversies about “free-range parenting” illuminate today’s scarred cultural landscape. Neighbors summon police in response to parenting choices the neighbors disapprove. Government extends…

14 May 2015 [07:23 PM]
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What's Max mad about? Peak oil

No matter how it does at the box office this weekend, “Mad Max: Fury Road” joins its three predecessors in the series…

14 May 2015 [07:20 PM]
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Pew survey shows limits of poll data

It’s probably a good thing the Pew Research Center poll was released this week, as we’re all gearing up to be bombarded…

13 May 2015 [08:03 PM]
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Why 'soak the rich' never really works

There are two main takeaways from CityLab’s newest story, “Why Billionaires Don’t Pay Property Taxes in New York.” CityLab is a project…

12 May 2015 [08:15 PM]
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Power, legitimacy not the same thing

At the outset of the primary races for president in 2016, political analyst Scott Rasmussen makes an important distinction. Winning the presidency…

11 May 2015 [08:12 PM]
Fiorina will make a formidable candidate for president

On Monday, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced her entry into the 2016 GOP presidential primary. Fiorina skipped the standard ballroom announcement and went straight to people’s computer screens to announce her decision, and then she followed up with interviews…

09 May 2015 [10:42 PM]
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