Columnists
  • The Republican National Convention opening in Milwaukee next week is dry tinder in an already volatile race for the presidency. SMU political science expert Matthew Wilson shares analysis and a few predictions...
  • As we approach our national elections this November, one factor is not disputable: our former president remains the Liar-in-Chief.
  • Texas has been a land under control of many different flags in its long history. From the early Native American tribes to the European colonial powers to the United States, each era has left an impact on the state. One of those figures to claim Texas was Louis XIV, king of France.
  • Op-Ed by Alton L. Biggs, A&M University-Commerce (formerly East Texas State University) Distinguished Alumnus opposing the name change from Texas A&M University-Commerce to Texas A&M University-Dallas at Commerce.
  • July and August are the calendar's two deadliest months for drunk-driving fatalities. Heading into these months, TxDOT's Drive Sober. No Regrets. campaign is spotlighting these stories of grief and remorse to emphasize the importance of driving sober and the consequences of drinking and driving. Beyond the possibility of taking a life including your own driving impaired and getting a DWI can result in time-consuming legal hassles and fines and fees up to $17,000.
  • When most of us think about "revolutions" in recent history, France and Russia come to mind, both ending in the public death of their own autocratic leaders.
  • The work of engineer Otis Boykin helped facilitate a revolution in electronics, from the pacemaker to guided missiles.
  • The June 27 presidential debate is the real start of the election season, when more Americans start to pay attention. It's when partisan rhetoric runs hot and emotions run high.
  • One of my students asked me what I thought of the saying: 'A rising tide lifts all boats.'
  • In Texas, cities, counties, and special districts may offer tax breaks to attract new industries, encourage the retention and development of business; and promote capital investment. These generally take the form of a tax abatement which may include a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement. In short, a tax abatement is an economic development tool.
  • Many historical figures make an impact in multiple fields. For Dr. Roland Vela, an intense curiosity about the world as well as a drive to serve others became the defining characteristics of his life.
  • Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the U.S. as issued by President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. In 2021, it became our newest national holiday.