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Show us the money, let us see how tax dollars are spent

It’s quite simple, really.We Texans have a right to know how our taxpayer dollars are spent.It’s our money. We, the people, choose our government. Our elected public officials represent us. They … more

Mr. Trump's Good Friend Jeff

Along with his many other daily Tweet targets, President Trump can't stop beating up on Jeff Sessions for being a lousy attorney general.When it comes to Sessions, the president leaves no petty … more

Truth Will Out

"Things are seldom what they seem," the playful lyric in Gilbert & Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore," could well be an anthem for the Trump White House. Last Tuesday night the president crooned … more

Why Home Ownership Pressure Is Good

Younger generations buying fewer homes than prior generations is not good for America. A recent Urban Institute study found home ownership among millennials, ages 25 to 34, is about 8 percent … more

The Media's Trump Crisis of the Week

What's the mainstream liberal media's most overblown Trump crisis of the week?First, it was the president's tweet calling former staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman a "dog" for betraying him and his … more

Kavanaugh's Audition to Join Oracles at Delphi

The Claremont Institute and the James Wilson Institute recently co-hosted a panel discussing "The Kavanaugh Hearing: A Battle of Two Constitutions." Don't let the title confuse you. The Senate … more

Trump's War on the Press Won't End Well

In baseball lingo, the high, inside fastball is known as the brushback, a tactic to inform the batter that he'd better be cautious about digging in.The higher and tighter inside fastball is call … more

The news by the numbers

"90% of media coverage of my Administration is negative, despite the tremendously positive results we are achieving."No need to check the math in President Trump's recent tweet. For argument's sake … more

Facebook's Off the Mark Zuckerberg

Every time Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg opens his mouth he somehow manages to stick his foot in it. It's not so much what he says that is harmful to both himself and his company, it's how he says … more

How to Get Involved

Back in 1883, Teddy Roosevelt wrote an essay on what it takes to be a true American citizen. He did not mince words. “The people who say that they have not time to attend to politics are simply … more

Trump's 27 Loaded Questions

Question 1: "Do you believe that the media purposely tries to divide Republicans in order to help elect Democrats?"Question 2: When did you stop beating your wife? The first question is one of … more

When the Government Knows What's Best For You

When government "nudges" people into new behaviors, resistance is often ugly.Eric Garner died because a Democratic governor sent the message down the line that New York was losing a billion dollars … more

Vacation Checklist

If you're getting ready for summer vacation, here's a handy checklist of things you won't need. A map. Remember those? I'm referring to the kind you got for free at the gas station. When spread … more

The day wartime London stopped to watch Yanks play baseball

Exactly 100 years ago last week, in World War I England, a baseball game like no other before or since was played.On July 4, 1918, before an enthusiastic crowd that included King George V, Queen Mary … more

Journalists aren't so different from our readers

If you stay in the news business long enough, you're inevitably going to run into a reader who has a grievance — sometimes legitimate, sometimes not — against their hometown newspaper.Sometimes … more

On Independence Day, America Struggles to Remain Sovereign

For decades, Democratic and Republican White Houses have winked at border and interior immigration enforcement, tolerated catch and release, abided sanctuary cities, ignored visa overstays, looked … more

A Commonwealth of Consciousness

The dictionary definition of Liberty is: “the power or scope to act as one pleases,” and as Independence Day reminds us, we love to celebrate our liberty. But somehow in my lifetime, we have … more

Confusing Facts & Opinions

The Pew Research Center quiz was harder than I expected.Ah, yes, you speak of the recently released survey in which Pew quizzed 5,035 adult Americans to determine their ability to distinguish between … more

Revisiting the "Neighborhood"

HCN_20180628_OPINION_Scott columnBy SCOTT W. COLEMAN, Hill Country NewsIf you don’t see but one more movie this summer, it should be “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.”The poinginant documentary … more

Skilled Trades Beat Degree Debt

When I was a 19-year-old college sophomore in 1982, my father gave me advice that makes even more sense for 19-year-olds today.Despite his protestations, you see, I chose English as my major at Penn … more
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