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Fri
19
Oct
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Amon Carter & Fort Worth….

By Dr. Don Newbury

By all accounts, the late Amon Carter Sr. was the “real deal.” This icon— founder of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1906— was a “mover and shaker” who would gain wide renown. Never one to sit back and watch, his “MO” was to dive in and deal.

He was to Fort Worth and Texas what the energizer bunny is to battery- powered devices, this major player in “all things Fort Worth” for more than 40 years. His newspaper had the largest circulation in the South for many years, and its success spawned his entry into electronic journalism. He established Radio Station WBAP in 1922, and its ultimate “clear channel” licensure assured the largest geographic daytime coverage of any station in the USA. In 1948, WBAP-TV was Texas’ first television station, beginning with “live” coverage of a visit to Fort Worth by President Harry S. Truman….

 

 

Fri
19
Oct
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Shut Up, They Explain

by John Stossel

 

Gloria Alvarez, the young woman from Guatemala I wrote about last week, just got blocked by Facebook. Why? Because she criticizes socialism. After Alvarez joined me in my American studio to make a video we titled "Socialism Fails Every Time," she flew to Mexico

City to make a speech. A few days later she wrote me that "some leftist 'students' posted on a fanpage called 'Marxist and Leninist Memes': 'BOYCOTT Gloria Alvarez in our University! We won't let her in!'" So Alvarez posted (in Spanish) on her own Facebook page: "My dear Mexican socialists intolerants:

Thank you! for trying to boycott my event... showing that panic that you have for the debate of ideas. Given yours are so bad, that only with bullets they can be obeyed just like in Venezuela and Nicaragua. You demonstrate once again that you are the intolerant ones against freedom."

 

Wed
17
Oct
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Panel hears what’s being done to ‘harden’ school campuses

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — The Texas House Committee on Appropriations met Oct. 9 to hear ideas on improving school safety in the aftermath of the May 18 Santa Fe High School shooting that left eight students and two teachers dead and 13 injured.

“It’s an unbelievable reality that shootings in schools are occurring more frequently,” said state Rep. John Zerwas, chairman of the powerful, state budgetwriting committee. “As a Legislature we must do what we can to ensure our schools are places of learning and not places of fear.”

 

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Wed
17
Oct
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Community Journalism Matters Because Communities Matter

By Matt Geiger

“Everything in this newspaper is important to someone.”

It’s become something of a mantra for me, in recent years.

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Sat
13
Oct
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Socialism Destroys

By John Stossel

Socialism is hot.

Famous actors recently made a commercial proclaiming that "democratic socialism" creates some of the best parts of America. It's "your kids' public school" (says Susan Sarandon), the "interstate highway system" (Rosario Dawson), "public libraries" (Jay Ferguson), "EMTs" (Ethan Embry), "workers who plow our streets" (Max Carver) and "scientists" (Danny DeVito).

Wow. I guess every popular thing government does is socialism. The celebrities conclude: "We can do better when we do them together."

There is sometimes truth to that, but the movie stars don't know that America's first highways were built by capitalist contractors. They also probably didn't notice that the more popular parts of government -- public schools, EMTs, snow plowing, libraries, etc. - - are largely locally funded.

 

Sat
13
Oct
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Old-Timer Doubts Thomas….

The caller was gracious, complimentary and far more composed than some of the senators who “duked it out” during the recent Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Before long, though, he uttered an often-chilling word: “however.”

It usually suggests a change of direction, usually downward. “You made a mistake in last week’s column,” he advised.

Oh, I could argue being “half right,” but he had good reason to “doubt my Thomases.”… *****

Jim Bronstad of Corsicana was right, of course, in challenging a quote I had attributed to Thomas (Hollywood) Henderson. It actually belongs to Duane Thomas, who, like Henderson, played for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1970s.

 

 

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Wed
10
Oct
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Paxton joins effort against climate change lawsuit

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Oct. 5 announced he had joined an Indiana-led coalition of 11 state attorneys general in a friend-of-thecourt brief seeking dismissal of a climate-change lawsuit against the energy industry.

King County, Washington, filed the lawsuit naming the oil companies BP, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch and ConocoPhillips as defendants. Paxton and the other attorneys general allege in their friend-of-thecourt brief that “King County’s objections to fossil fuel are based in public policy, not law, and are thus inappropriate for judicial resolution.”

 

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Wed
10
Oct
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Timeless—and Wise—Advice

By Mark Shields

On a Sunday morning two days before the crucial California presidential primary, hundreds of college- age volunteers crowded into their candidate's campaign headquarters on Market Street in San Francisco to get their marching instructions for getting every registered voter the campaign had identified as backing Sen. Robert Kennedy to the polls on June 4, 1968.

It was there I heard, for the first time, the thensecond- term California assemblyman who was on his way to becoming the longest-serving speaker of the California Assembly in history and then San Francisco's first African-American mayor, the charismatic Willie Brown. To a rapt audience of selfconsciously idealistic young people, Brown delivered a timeless sermon about the value and virtue of practical politics.

 

Sat
06
Oct
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Seriously Mentally Ill

By John Stossel

They live on the street, often foraging through dumpsters. Some threaten us. Occasionally, they assault people.

Thousands of mentally ill people cycle in and out of hospital emergency rooms. They strain our medical system, scare the public and sometimes harm themselves.

Most, says DJ Jaffe, are schizophrenic or bipolar and have stopped taking their medication. Jaffe gave up a successful advertising career to try to improve the way America deals with such people.

"John Hinckley shot President Reagan because he knew , not thought, (SET ITAL) knew (END ITAL) that was the best way to get a date with Jodie Foster," Jaffe tells me in my latest internet video collaboration with City Journal.

 

 

Sat
06
Oct
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Uncle Mort and Biases….

By Dr. Don Newbury

You can look it up.” Late sports writing giant Blackie Sherrod was fond of using this quote. He repeated it often in a half-century of columns, attempting to keep sports in the context of a larger world.

He died years before the “Google Age,” but if he were still clacking out journalistic brilliance on his old upright typewriter, he’d take his observations—and bluffs—even further.

Yep, old Blackie would have enjoyed field days of “fun-poking” at today’s “holier than thou” assertions, his tongue rubbed raw from repeated wallowing in his cheek….

 

 

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