Columns/opinions

More Juice!

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Was the power on in your house this morning? If so, thank fossil fuels! A few parts of America do get energy from other sources. Washington state has fast-flowing rivers that allow Washingtonians to get most of their electricity from hydroelectric power.

On Your Payroll

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President Donald Trump, 1600 Pennsylvania, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20500 (202) 456-1414.

Flawed Men, Perhaps, But Great Deeds

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The danger of erecting monuments to men is that they all stand on clay feet. Many Americans who have long been admired as geniuses or heroes are now under unforgiving scrutiny for offenses that might disqualify them for public honor.

Texas Press Association Capital Highlights

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COVID-19 surge in nursing homes worries editor Thank you for all the well wishes after my first “Capital Highlights” column last week. I also appreciate the emails suggesting topics of high interest .Agriculture, oil, education and health care top the list so far, but please keep the conversation going about what’s happening in your corner of our big state and what is of highest interest to you.

An Opener Like No Other…

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They tried ever so hard to make major league baseball’s opening day seem as normal as possible, for the radio listener or TV viewer anyway. Globe Life Field in Arlington—the $1.2 billion enclosed structure barely completed for the scheduled home opener in March—languished for almost four months.

Mob Mentality

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A wave of hasty firings is sweeping across the country, driven by demands from what some call the "cancel culture." The New York Times editorial page editor James Bennett ran an op-ed from Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., that displeased the paper's readers and some colleagues, so he lost his job. The chief curator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Gary Garrels, lost his job, too, after he was accused of being a racist for saying he would still collect art from white men.

Texas Press Association Capital Highlights

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Let’s search together for capital ideas Ed Sterling wrote this column for almost three decades, so let’s open by celebrating his contributions to the Texas Press Association and its members. Ed was the calm, steady voice keeping us informed and interested.

Views From Panhandle Editors

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I read recently that decorating with authentic tumbleweeds is a “thing” and people are doing it...indoors. I’ve seen photos of tumbleweeds propped up in big planters, and even some attached to walls as pieces of art. Very cheap art. I fully expect to see some pop up on Pinterest soon, spray painted and used as light fixtures or on the backs of toilet tanks. I love it when Pinterest grabs onto a fad.