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

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.

Honoring sacrifice, supporting military families

| |Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014

No Greater Sacrifice offers education apportunites to military children.

Healthcare enrollment numbers of dubious consequence

| |Wednesday, Apr. 02, 2014

The euphoric declarations from the Rose Garden were vaguely reminiscent of President George W. Bush’s ill-fated and imprudent “Mission Accomplished” speech given after the U.S. toppled the regime of Saddam Hussein.

Can we have a courageous discussion about race?

| |Thursday, Mar. 20, 2014

Conversation about race and poverty requires empathy and tolerance.

A conservative approach to fighting inequality

| |Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2014

Empowering the marginalized is a challenge we must accept.

The conversation about marriage we should be having

| |Wednesday, Mar. 05, 2014

The marriage culture in America is in decline and kids are the ones who are suffering.

On campus, women must protect one another

| |Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

Women should make safety a communal responsibility.