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Texas lawmakers have found an issue around which to unite amid a polarized political climate: human trafficking. A bipartisan group of legislators gathered on Jan. 25, 2017, at the Texas Capitol for a press conference at which they committed to end human trafficking. Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) cited a newly released trafficking study estimating […] Read More

Waco, Texas, made national news again due to violence. This central Texas town of around 125,000 people is, unfortunately, more widely known due to violent incidents that have happened. Anyone unfamiliar with Texas or Baylor University likely knew little about Waco other than the 1993 Branch Davidian standoff. Case in point: When I requested information […] Read More

Human trafficking is a form of human slavery, said a Texas legislator at a press conference on the steps of the Texas Capitol in Austin on Thursday morning. Rep. Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) emphasized that “human trafficking is human slavery,” that “every one of God’s children has a right to live a full and free […] Read More

I quit driving a couple of years ago for health reasons; my driving was so bad that the health of others was in jeopardy. Just kidding (somewhat). Why I quit doesn’t matter. But I still had a valid driver’s license to take care of any identification needs that might arise. Even after the license expired […] Read More

I am Texan through and through. I was born in Mississippi, but I got here as quick as I could. I believe that barbecue ought to be eaten without sauce and that chili is better without beans. There is only one “America’s Team” and it resides in Texas. I believe cacti are pretty and coyotes […] Read More

“Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead,” reads […] Read More

Texans are revising history – Jamestown colonists were socialists; Thomas Jefferson is less important than Phyllis Schlafly; America’s founding fathers were Christians without a commitment to the separation of church and state; no Hispanics fought in the Alamo for independence; the Bush administration never said Iraqi oil would pay for the war; and Ken Starr […] Read More

The battle over the curriculum in Texas public schools has shifted from the science lab to the history classroom.   As Texas educators gather later this summer to write new social studies standards for Texas public schools, some suggestions they will consider will be those written by an individual whose historical claims have been discredited.  […] Read More

A Texas magazine is reporting that a former Baptist pastor accused of murdering his wife and staging it to look like she committed suicide has a long trail of allegations of sexual abuse. A 9,500-word cover story in the March 2008 Texas Monthly includes allegations that Matt Baker, the 36-year-old former pastor of Crossroads Baptist […] Read More

The first time I wrote a letter to a sitting American president was when I lived in Taiwan. I have no idea now what prompted me to write President Johnson. But the reply I got was from his press secretary, Bill Moyers. That reply may have been a standard letter sent to everybody who wrote […] Read More