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Governor Abbott left no uncertainty about the importance of broadband access during this year’s State of the State address. “From medicine to education to business, broadband access is … more
Beto O’Rourke is thinking about challenging Gov. Greg Abbott in the 2022 election. Abbott is already responding, the way candidates do. You’re right to think this is happening early. … more
The Texas Legislature is not short of emergencies that need attention, but Gov. Greg Abbott, who is giving his biennial State of the State speech next Monday, might have some ideas about … more
Gov. Greg Abbott says he will push legislation that would allow the state to withhold sales tax money due to local governments that chop their law enforcement budgets. That trial balloon was … more
American sports are in trouble. At least if I am, in any way, a representation of a typical fan. I grew up in Philadelphia where following all four major teams is part of one’s DNA. As I sit … more
Due to my flexible work schedule, I often run errands that are traditionally associated with the matriarch of the family­ - in other words, the mother/wife/supervisor/figure of maturity and … more
When the public Harris Health system acquiesced or conspired with the Harris County Commissioners’ Court several years back to slash the number of hospital beds in half at its Ben Taub and LBJ … more
When the Iran-Iraq war broke out in 1980, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger opined on the hostilities this way: “It’s a pity they can’t both lose.” With the … more
The 2020 Major League Baseball season is, in a manner of speaking, underway. Fans who can overlook the cardboard cutouts that have replaced them in stadium seats, or tolerate the piped-in music and … more
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, our children are facing a very different summer. With many camps, swimming pools, and events closed or cancelled, the pull toward social media and apps for … more
My wife and I experienced some vicarious living when our son Gideon (finishing up his junior year of high school) attended the senior prom. (Yes, VICARIOUS living. It’s not like we got him … more
My father’s mission was to tame the stupidity out of me – a powerful blessing too few children are experiencing now. My dad had his work cut out for him. Over the years, I shattered … more
Getting rid of the police. Now there’s a brilliant, progressive way to improve the criminal justice system. There’s no question there are systemic problems with the way we police … more
Ever gotten the wind knocked out of you? Or been unable to breathe for even a few seconds? There’s pain. There’s panic. There’s the desperation of trying to restore the vital … more
Each day I get up and follow a pretty straightforward routine. I glance at my email, complain about the aches and pains of middle age to my patient wife and then check social media for news … more
One of my biggest pet peeves: people who can’t hold up their end of a conversation. Oh, I’m not saying that every single human being is obligated to bring jaw-dropping factoids, … more
It was around 1 a.m. last Friday, and my wife nudged me awake. Her shoulders shook in the darkness. The tears ran freely down her face. “She’s gone,” she said softly, her voice … more
Over breakfast the other day, my wife, who happens to be a physician, asked, “Whatever happened to compromise?” She was wondering why Americans can’t seem to put their political … more
In 1918, an influenza panic much like today’s COVID-19 struck the nation. The Spanish flu, as it was often called, killed at least 50 million victims worldwide, and 675,000 in the U.S. … more
The recent death of actor James Drury (star of the 1962-1971 TV Western “The Virginian”) adds insult to injury when one considers what will occur next month. When the networks announce … more
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