One of more than 200,000 people who flocked to the Lone Star State in 2013, Cynthia Allen's professional baptism by fire occurred in Washington, D.C. Her youth belies her experience and her non-native status dictates nothing about her devotion to her community. Part of her preparation for becoming Texan entailed watching all five seasons of Friday Night Lights. A self-proclaimed conservative feminist, she is particularly interested in the impact of national issues on the city, county and state. You can reach her here:

Did expiring benefits drive down the jobless rate?

| |Wednesday, Aug. 06, 2014

The latest evidence shows that more people found work after benefits lapsed.

Why consensus matters in making social policy

| |Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014

Partisan laws forced through Congress aren’t built for the long term.

It’s a complicated situation on the Texas border

| |Wednesday, Jul. 16, 2014

Like emotions surrounding the crisis, solutions will be complex.

The shrinking role of religion in modern America

| |Wednesday, Jul. 09, 2014

We must rediscover the value of faith in American democracy.

Supreme Court’s decision a blow to paternalism

| |Wednesday, Jul. 02, 2014

Women should fear the state, not the court.

Absent foreign policy exacerbated crisis in Iraq

| |Friday, Jun. 20, 2014

Left unaddressed, Syria’s extremist threat has spilled over into Iraq.

It’s time for America to reclaim fatherhood

| |Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014

A father’s absence can perpetuate the cycle of poverty.

What the Tea Party can learn from feminists

| |Thursday, Jun. 05, 2014

What can the Tea Party learn from the modern feminist movement? Qualities like being true to its origins and welcoming to all.

VA scandal reveals weakness of big government

| |Wednesday, May. 28, 2014

The ability to do big things does not require bigger government.

Where have all the entrepreneurs gone?

| |Thursday, May. 22, 2014

Shrinking business dynamism is bad for our economy.