Columns/Opinions

Wed
19
Jul

WANTED: A Functional Magic Wand

from The Colorado Springs Gazette We don't care what it costs because a real magic wand can magically pay for itself.

If The Gazette's editorial board can find the desired wand, the first order of business -- after demanding the device pay for itself -- will be elimination of poverty. In fact, we will order the wand to make everyone rich.

Passing a flashy new minimum wage law is like waving a wand and hoping for the demanded results. If this works, proponents should pitch minimums of $100 an hour or more. Most people hate to witness economic struggle and want everyone to have wealth.

 

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Wed
19
Jul

Abbott gives lawmakers initial marching orders for special session

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on July 10 issued a formal proclamation for the special session that begins July 18, directing the Texas Legislature to extend expiration dates for the Texas Medical Board and other state boards that regulate psychologists, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors and social workers.

Abbott said he plans to issue a supplemental proclamation further directing lawmakers to pass another list of items he previously announced. The areas of legislation would:

— Reform laws governing ad valorem property taxes;

— Increase average salary and benefits of Texas teachers;

 

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Fri
14
Jul

Hostile Media

By John Stossel

President Donald Trump drives people crazy. Especially those in the media.

They hate him so much, they leap on every anti-Trump rumor.

The Federalist's Jordyn Pair points out that the press repeatedly told us that a dozen Trump administration members were about to be fired, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions,

Press Secretary Sean Spicer and strategists Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner. Months later, all still work for or with the administration. I actually wish Sessions had been fired, but

Trump's staff reshufflings are no more frequent than those of other administrations, including President Obama's. The media so desperately want something bad to happen, to prove Trump's unqualified, that they blow stuff up

 

Fri
14
Jul

The More Things Change…

By Dr. Don Newbury

Authorities usually offer specifics when asked about origins of expressions.

“The more things change, the more they stay the same,” however, is not one of them. Attempts to pinpoint its first use are baffling to some and invite “waffling” for others.

Most linguists agree that the idiom began as a French expression in the mid-19th century. Hardliners maintain that its genesis is biblical, birthed by the scripture about “nothing being new under the sun.”…

 

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Wed
12
Jul

The Lesson of Charlie Gard

from The Jacksonville Daily News

Eleven-month-old Charlie Gard is desperately ill with a rare genetic disorder. He can't breathe or move on his own. He's blind and deaf. He suffers from epileptic seizures. Doctors in London say his illness can't be treated effectively and that he likely will die soon after life support is withdrawn.

Charlie's parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, are fighting to bring their son to the U.S. for experimental treatment. They've raised $1.7 million on a crowdfunding website to do so.

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Wed
12
Jul

FCC Gets Serious

from The Kinston Free Press

Anyone in the United States who has been disturbed by a robocall during dinner might feel a certain schadenfreude when they hear that a scam artist who conducted those calls on a shocking scale faces a $120 million fine from the Federal Communications Commission. Here's hoping this is only the FCC's first step in shutting down a practice that preys on consumers and causes plenty of annoyance along the way.

A $120 million fine may sound steep, but it comes out to just more than a dollar for each of the 96,758,223 illegal calls the FCC estimates Adrian Abramovich made over the course of three months. Americans may have received approximately 7.2 billion calls in the same period of time. That is 2.4 billion per month and almost 1,000 per second.

Wed
12
Jul

Lawmakers plan to file teacher pay legislation in special session

by Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — A special session of the Texas Legislature, called by Gov. Greg Abbott, is set to begin on July 18. The agenda is big.

Before adjourning in late May, our 150 state representatives and 31 state senators did the only thing the Texas constitution requires them to do each time they meet for 140 days every two years: they passed a state budget to cover the next two years.

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Mon
10
Jul

What's Next, iPhone?

By The Jacksonville Daily News

Ten years ago, we were hearing about a new hightech device that transfixed us even before it reached the market: the iPhone.

Skeptics in our ranks predicted that the iPhone would flop because it wasn't really necessary. They already had flip cellphones for calls, BlackBerrys for emails, digital or film cameras for snapping photos, Garmin or MapQuest printouts for street navigation and iPods for music. Why, they reasoned smugly, did they need an iPhone?

A billion phones, and all those selfies and texts and adorable guinea pig videos later, we all know why.

No one then could fathom or predict how profoundly the iPhone and its competitors would shape everyday life -- and demolish industries.

What's even more fascinating than celebrating the 10th anniversary of the iPhone's release on June 29, 2007? Anticipating its eventual demise and the tech marvels that will take its place.

 

Mon
10
Jul

A Ticket to Ride…

By Dr. Don Newbury

I remain a fan of the Trinity Railway Express, provider of commuter rail service between Fort Worth and Dallas. (I deserved a recent TRE tongue-lashing that resulted from my poor judgment. Further, I failed to follow my own lectern-dispensed admonitions across the years about the importance of knowing when to run.)

“If you’re running to catch a train, don’t. There’ll be another one soon,” I’ve advised. “But, if you are running to avoid getting hit by a train, run like the wind.”

Oh, there are plenty of “what if’s.” If an airport parking space had been tougher to find, or if pickup by two buses hadn’t been so timely, this column topic would never have been mounted….

 

Wed
05
Jul

Gorsuch Enforcing Law

from The Colorado Springs Gazette Erudite cultural conservatives have issues with President Donald Trump. They aren't into protectionist tariffs, 3 a.m. tweets, locker room vulgarity and bombastic populist appeals. Trump is not the second act of former President Ronald Reagan. Still, no conservative can deny what Trump found for them in Boulder, CO. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is a gift that may keep giving to the conservative cause for the next 40 years.

Rulings last week remove any doubt Gorsuch is the staunchly conservative "originalist" jurist Trump promised while stumping on the campaign trail.

The Gazette's editorial board grilled Trump last July to determine whether he was serious about nominating judges only from a list approved by the center-right Federalist Society. Trump promised that was his plan and said it was "the most important issue in the race."

 

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