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

A grateful granddaughter on this Thanksgiving

| |Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

My grandparents’ example has taught me how to live.

How to tackle healthcare in the new Congress

| |Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

Republicans have an opportunity to tackle healthcare policy.

The negative about ‘affirmative consent’ laws

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Reforming campus culture requires more than draconian laws.

Rome’s synod on the family only the beginning

| |Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

How the church presents faith is changeable; faith itself is immovable.

Regarding abortion, Davis as ‘extreme’ as Abbott

| |Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Almost three-quarters of Americans favor some restrictions on abortion.

Balancing mercy and doctrine in the church

| |Wednesday, Oct. 08, 2014

The Roman Catholic Church’s synod on marriage and family is, indeed, extraordinary.

Regarding political differences, just blame biology

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

Whether you’re conservative or liberal, it may not be your fault.

New pro-choice message disempowers women

| |Wednesday, Sep. 24, 2014

Making abortion ‘normal’ does not give women more control.

The NFL can learn from football coaches in Texas

| |Wednesday, Sep. 10, 2014

Swift response of Texas coaches stands in stark contrast to the NFL.

Too much caution means few options for Obama

| |Wednesday, Sep. 03, 2014

War-weariness has become an excuse for inaction.