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: cmallen@star-telegram.com

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.

Certainty, doubt and the gravity of choice

| |Friday, May. 16, 2014

Two different choices about pregnancy. One will never be questioned.

House committee on Benghazi will show that words matter

| |Friday, May. 09, 2014

Truth can make the “difference.”

Pope John Paul II was already a saint to many

| |Friday, May. 02, 2014

Now a saint, John Paul II’s earthly legacy is worth remembering.

Equal pay debate smart politics, not smart math

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

As many analysts have explained, the 77-cents statistic does not withstand scrutiny.

Knowledge, religion and the hard work of faith

| |Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Faith is like any discipline worth pursuing: It requires work.