Cynthia M. Allen
allen

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

Is social media enlarging or stifling democracy?

As an active, albeit measured, user of social media, I’ve been skeptical of arguments that online forums like Facebook and Twitter are the great equalizer.

Some social media proponents believe that such tools unshackle public opinion and promote the exchange of ideas in forums that allow all participants to freely voice their thoughts and feelings, exposing users to a diversity of ideas. Read more

Bud Kennedy
kennedy

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Some military gear given to police winds up in the wrong hands

Six military helicopters, a Boeing 737 and more than 40 armored tactical vehicles are now in the hands of Texas police.

But two agencies don’t qualify. Officers lost weapons. Or sold them. Read more

Mike Norman
norman

| |Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

Stage is set for a fight on private school vouchers

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, defeated by state Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston in his Republican primary bid for a fourth term, has handed his nemesis a nicely wrapped gift for the November general election campaign.

He gave Patrick a platform to boost one of his favorite political issues: private school vouchers. Read more

Bob Ray Sanders
sanders

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

The border terrorists scare more hype than reality

Let’s just be honest: The whole border security frenzy is a political scam perpetuated on a frightened, gullible public by “leaders” bent on scoring points during a high-stakes election year.

The constant call for more border protection and the deployment of National Guard troops, Department of Public Safety officers and even game wardens to defend us against the phantom terrorists coming through our “back door” from Mexico is a stunt. Read more