'Hillbilly Elegy' helps explain appeal of Donald Trump among white working class

Perhaps the most important book on sociology so far in the 21st century is J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.” It is not hyperbole to say the book goes very far in explaining Donald Trump, the ongoing heroin crisis, income inequality, stubborn welfare numbers and even current controversies about the…

Nelson Clyde: Back to school, Ben Hur and the best Green Goddess recipe

We’ve got a lot to talk about this week. As promised, Karen’s Green Goddess recipe is included inside today. It is currently in the lead as my personal favorite, God rest Mary John’s soul. Be careful what you ask for. After noting that feedback is the fuel by which the engine of this column runs, I got plenty this week, particularly about

Don't become obsessed with polls

One of the most tedious elements of election season is the constant barrage of polls. Cable news shows trot out every new number and endlessly analyze what it means. But let’s keep polls in perspective. They are not destiny, nor are they meaningless. “Trump is up,” writes the Cato Institute’s Michael Tanner. “No, Hillary is up. Is Gary

Texas Legislature must fix our broken school finance system

School has started, so it’s an ideal time to reiterate something important. The Legislature must address our broken school finance system. When the Texas Supreme Court ruled in May that the system is constitutional, the justices made it clear that it’s neither fair nor adequate. Lawmakers must not use that ruling as an excuse to do nothing.

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