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Maybe it’s a good thing that my teenage dream of becoming a TV programmer never materialized. more
It’s difficult to wrap my mind around it, but this will be my 20th Father’s Day as a father. more
It’s long past time for me to put a flagpole in the center of my front yard—one that holds a large American flag that dances proudly in the summer breeze. more
We are embarking on something nearly unheard of in the Texas House of Representatives: For just the third time in the storied history of our state under our current constitution, the House has impeached a state officer. When the House cast an overwhelming vote to impeach Attorney General Ken Paxton, we fully understood the gravity of our actions. In fact, I cast my vote with profound certainty that Paxton must be held accountable for his flagrant abuses of his office and of the public trust. more
The 88th Texas Legislative regular session has ended with House Bill 100, the only proposal on the table that would have increased public education funding to raise teacher salaries and the Basic … more
Every year, polls show that a large number of Americans don’t know why we celebrate Memorial Day. more
In a much-anticipated chess match in February, 1996, the world champion Garry Kasparov faced IBM’s Deep Blue, the most advanced chess-playing machine. Kasparov lost the first game but went on to win the match in Philadelphia, 4-2. It was humanity’s proudest moment in competition pitting man vs. machine. more
Retired state employees have not seen an increase in their monthly pensions since 2001—Rick Perry’s first year as governor—and have come together at the Capitol this month to call for action. more
Every year in late spring, parents of college students all over America travel to university campuses with stylish IKEA storage bags or (in our case) cardboard boxes that once held bulk orders of toilet paper and tortilla chips. When the parents arrive, they joyfully greet their academically-hungover children and start the arduous and sometimes pungent process of “un-dorming.” more
Newton Minow will always be remembered for a 1961 speech in which he described television as a “vast wasteland.” However, late in life he became less concerned about TV’s wastefulness and more troubled by its very vastness. more
It’s that time of year again when dads of daughters all over the country are experiencing severe headaches, watery eyes, shortness of breath and even hives. No, these symptoms are not from seasonal allergies, but from a traumatic phenomenon known as “prom season.” more
As Mother’s Day approaches, it is appropriate that we discuss the physical characteristics, personality traits, coping mechanisms, etiquette rules, life ambitions, etcetera that we inherited from our mothers. more
When Stew Leonard opened what he dubbed a “dairy store” in Norwalk, Conn., in 1969, it was a wonder of marketing, with a petting zoo, animated Disney-style characters and an on-site bottling plant. There were serious retailing strategies as well—a limited product line, attractive house brands, slick promotions and an abundance of free samples. The concepts pioneered in that supermarket are seen today at Trader Joe’s, Costco and Whole Foods. more
“Junior, this year to prepare for ‘Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day’ I want to teach you about all the taxes that you’ll have to pay as a working adult.” more
“An allergy season so bad you don’t need allergies to feel miserable,” blared the headline in the Wall Street Journal. more
On my first trip to India, I visited a remote village outside of Allahabad. There I met a school principal who showed me his “school.” I use the term “school,” because in reality it was nothing more than an abandoned rectangular horse barn with four stalls. Most of the roof was gone and portions of the walls were crumbling down. Despite sitting on dirt floors and sharing books, the students were excited to learn. more
Over the past two years, extremists have been working to ban books in Katy ISD. Many of them don’t even have children who attend Katy ISD schools. Now some of them are running for seats on our school board. more
Folks, “last one in is a rotten egg” applies to more than swimming pools. more
Tax returns were due April 18 and many Americans are surely stressed out as they scramble to get their financial records in order. more
Having two of my semi-grown daughters in college simultaneously has truly been an adventurous journey for our family—the kind where you enjoy amazing new experiences, but your expensive designer luggage gets stolen and you have to request an extra air-sickness bag. more
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