Capitalism is the cure, not the ill

Activist Naomi Klein gets it exactly wrong. In her new bestseller, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate,” she asks if climate change might be the catalyst for “finally” defeating worldwide capitalism. What she doesn’t see is that capitalism remains the only real hope for the environment, and for decrea…

Licenses to work limit opportunity

As lawmakers prepare legislation to submit for the upcoming 2015 Session, they should take aim at our state’s obstructive and counterproductive occupational licensing laws. Many government regulations are vital — food inspection rules, for example, and licensing requirements for medical personnel.

Quality of mercy, and gravy, strain’d

Unless someone has the courage to speak out, a grave injustice will take place this week. President Barack Obama, following in the footsteps of his predecessors in the Oval Office, will pardon two criminals who deserve no such favoritism.

Get Texas out of lottery business

In perusing the bills Texas lawmakers have already filed in advance of the January legislative session, one bill seems conspicuously absent. Where’s the bill to get the state of Texas out of the lottery business? You might recall that in 2013, the Legislature very nearly came to that result, almost by accident.

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capitalism-is-the-cure-not-the-ill
Capitalism is the cure, not the ill

Activist Naomi Klein gets it exactly wrong. In her new bestseller, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate,” she asks if climate…

25 November 2014 [09:38 PM]
licenses-to-work-limit-opportunity
Licenses to work limit opportunity

As lawmakers prepare legislation to submit for the upcoming 2015 Session, they should take aim at our state’s obstructive and counterproductive occupational…

24 November 2014 [09:40 PM]
quality-of-mercy-and-gravy-straind
Quality of mercy, and gravy, strain’d

Unless someone has the courage to speak out, a grave injustice will take place this week. President Barack Obama, following in the…

23 November 2014 [10:20 PM]
get-texas-out-of-lottery-business
Get Texas out of lottery business

In perusing the bills Texas lawmakers have already filed in advance of the January legislative session, one bill seems conspicuously absent. Where’s…

22 November 2014 [07:05 PM]
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Day of Mourning tribute to Kennedy

In perusing the bills Texas lawmakers have already filed in advance of the January 2014 legislative session, one bill seems conspicuously absent.…

21 November 2014 [07:15 PM]
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Immigration move setting a precedent

It’s the right sentiment, though perhaps (in the Thanksgiving season) the wrong bird — but what’s sauce for the goose is sauce…

20 November 2014 [07:01 PM]
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Saving the rhinos through capitalism

No object lesson could be more clear. Private sector efforts to conserve species are working — but then government steps in, and…

19 November 2014 [08:07 PM]
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Tragedies demand individual response

Thirty years ago, Irish rock singer Bob Geldof watched a documentary on the BBC about the famine in Ethiopia, and his response…

18 November 2014 [06:55 PM]
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Let’s give Canada what it wants, now

We owe Canada much; she has been our solid ally since that unfortunate misunderstanding in 1812. As President Ronald Reagan said, “We’re…

16 November 2014 [09:23 PM]
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Life export ban on clean natural gas

One of the most substantive actions Congress and President Barack Obama could take to reduce carbon emissions worldwide would be to lift…

15 November 2014 [07:08 PM]
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A War on Women that has backfired

Have we heard the last of the tired “war on women” trope? Probably not. But after Nov. 4, it won’t have the…

14 November 2014 [07:17 PM]
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Inspirational man, but a long-shot run

Many readers will be disappointed that Dr. Ben Carson’s regular column, which has run on Fridays in the Tyler Paper, isn’t on…

13 November 2014 [08:51 PM]
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Campaign cash is not a new problem

Despite the mind-boggling lack of evidence, the New York Times continues to insist that big money “bought” the 2014 midterm elections. Columnist…

12 November 2014 [07:04 PM]
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Ideas aren't scary, except at colleges

The biggest disservice that universities in America are doing to our young people these days is letting them believe they never have…

11 November 2014 [07:00 PM]
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Humility a virtue worth emulating

The Navy SEAL who killed Osama Bin Laden has been revealed. But even as his upcoming interview on Fox News is sparking…

08 November 2014 [08:21 PM]
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Fundamental rights aren't up for a vote

Where do our rights come from? The government? Or maybe from a majority vote? The Declaration of Independence says no — “all…

07 November 2014 [08:01 PM]
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States can serve as our "laboratories"

In the aftermath of the Nov. 4 elections, many are floating theories to explain how Republicans won. A common refrain is that…

06 November 2014 [07:33 PM]
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Venezuela system killing Christmas

Well this is jolly. According to the Associated Press, “Venezuela is stepping up efforts to combat shortages and rising prices so families…

05 November 2014 [07:39 PM]
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Not every problem has legal solution

The freedom of speech is the most fundamental tenet of our Bill of Rights. Any proposal to limit that freedom should be…

04 November 2014 [08:18 PM]
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Greg Abbott ready to be our governor

We want to commend Attorney General Greg Abbott for returning to the longstanding practice of meeting with editorial boards when pursuing public…

03 November 2014 [07:43 PM]
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The sugar program that ate our budget

There’s the sugar rush, then the sugar crash. If you’re feeling a little weak and lethargic after the Halloween binge on treats,…

02 November 2014 [07:23 PM]
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Don't lose sight of what is important

You knew someone had to say it; it’s the catchphrase of modern elections. Lee Saunders, national president of the American Federation of…

01 November 2014 [08:35 PM]
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Government help a frightening offer

If you’re looking for a fright on this Halloween, look no further: As Ronald Reagan once said, “The nine most terrifying words…

30 October 2014 [07:15 PM]
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Yucca Mountain should be opened

Nuclear energy is the only economically proven “green” energy producer, so this should be good news to environmentalists such as Senate Majority…

29 October 2014 [07:01 PM]
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New evidence that voter fraud is real

Though the Washington Post has editorialized against Voter ID laws as being a solution in search of a problem, two political science…

28 October 2014 [07:07 PM]
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Reagan’s speech can still inspire

Editor’s note: Fifty years ago on Monday — Oct. 27, 1964 — Ronald Reagan made one of his most important speeches. “A…

27 October 2014 [08:56 PM]
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Federal spending is getting sillier

We’ll miss Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn and his affinity for the absurdities of federal spending. He has now put out his last…

26 October 2014 [08:15 PM]