Columnists
  • History knows well the story of John Hancock, the patriot from the American Revolution whose name is featured prominently on the Declaration of Independence. But there is another John Hancock who had his own adventures in war and politics.
  • David G. Burnet became the President of the Republic of Texas on March 17, 1836, days after the new nationís birth.
  • Several generations from now (2023), someone who finds a poem by Gilbert Keith Chesterton, one of Englandís outstanding persons of literature, may read it and first think that he was living in the USA in the first quarter of the 2000s!
  • It is every parent's worst nightmare. And it is a tragedy that still haunts a small East Texas town. On one terrible day in 1937, a school building in New London exploded, killing nearly 300 children.
  • Since our mission at TxDOT is "Connecting You With Texas," weíre working hard to make sure every region of the state stays connected.
  • Charles Culberson was part of an influential Texas political family. He would lead a notable career in his own right, serving two terms as governor and three terms in the U. S. Senate.
  • Some countries in Africa have leaders who will not accept results of a democratic election. Let's hope that the USA will serve as an example of how democracy should work...
  • The days of the old frontier produced men whose legend grew bigger than the dusty plains. One of the most notorious figures of South Texas in this era was King Fisher, a man who crowned himself the head of a cattle-theft ring and eventually became a lawman himself.
  • What should upset more people is that our media, as our 2024 elections draw closer, imply that the candidates with the most money are more likely to win!
  • We have to reduce carbon emissions to address global warming. Renewable energy sources like wind power and solar power can only provide about 20% of our power requirements.
  • From a gardening perspective, there is one and only one vegetable that is hands-down the champion. Tomatoes are a top contender, but in the heat of the summer, they will let you down and take a fall. Okra is second, simply because it is stoic, withstanding the rounds of misery during our endless Texas summers. Eggplant is a distant third, with a tendency to get seedy and bruised over time. After a trip to the judges scorecard, the winner, by a knockout, is long beans.
  • Texans have shown overwhelming support for "turning dirt" on new and better roadways and bridges, and thanks in large part to voter-approved legislation (Proposition 1 in 2014, Proposition 7 in 2015), this total transportation plan is $26 billion more than last year.