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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Every so often, I jot down a list of the things that discourage me about our country. There’s the widespread disregard for our core values of tolerance and mutual respect, for instance. Our … more
Do you rely on your local newspaper to keep up with how your tax dollars are being spent? If so, tell your congressman you don’t want a tariff to put the paper out of business.A new study shows … more
Every day at the News Media Alliance headquarters, a stack of newspapers arrives for myself and the staff. But with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission currently … more
Republicans are set to move landmark welfare reform in this year's farm bill, which includes language requiring able-bodied adults to work or participate in a job training program to be eligible for … more
Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service Urges Parents to Talk to Teens About Safe Driving. Now that school is out and summer is officially underway, many parents are seeing their teens doing … more
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit … more
Veterans have made enormous sacrifices for the United States. The rest of us should ensure that they lead prosperous lives after their service.Affordable, high-quality health care has been a … more
If homeowner’s insurance worked like Obamacare, in no time at all homelessness would be a viable option for residents trying to lower their insurance cost.Under Obamahome, construction contractors … more
Every Memorial Day, we remember those who died during active military service. But the day gives us a special opportunity to serve those who serve us.According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, … more
The federal government has created yet another immigration employment hurdle for U.S. science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workers, according to a new report. After obtaining data … more
There are so many news stories, not all bad — but most of them not good — that occupy the dinner table discussions at my home. We’ve shed tears, shared frustrations, debated politics and … more
Property taxes in Texas are a lot like dealing with a fresh wound.Every year, we vent our rage because our property tax bills go up. Lately, they go up a lot. We’re wounded yet again.But serious, … more
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