State board takes defiant stand on national AP test

Texans probably wouldn’t know what to do if their elected State Board of Education couldn’t whip up a good argument about somebody’s view of society or religion being given better treatment in public schools than somebody else’s.

Better safety rules in oil and gas industry needed to help reduce traffic fatalities

The rising rate of Texas traffic fatalities involving three or more deaths is alarming: 72 such accidents in 2010; 101 in 2012 and 148 last year, according to an in-depth report by the Houston Chronicle.

Fort Worth faces hiring with a yawn

There’s no sense of urgency in getting a new superintendent in place.

Texans deserve to know endgame for border surge

It’s been three months since Texas Department of Public Safety officers “surged” on the southern border.

Colleyville councilman stokes unhappiness to fight transportation progress

When Colleyville City Councilman Chris Putnam has raised loud objections to the planned TEX Rail commuter line, some of his fellow council members have told him there is nothing he or they can do about the train coming through their community.

Study: Wells, not fracking, to blame

There is good news and bad news for the hydraulic fracturing industry in a new study that looked at water contamination in the Barnett Shale.

Johnson County Jail needs fix-up plan

Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford does a pretty good job of laying out the problems of the county’s deteriorating 25-year-old jail.

Mike Norman

Texas lawmakers will have to tackle electronic privacy issues

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Committee hears complaints about restrictions on law enforcement.

Cynthia Allen

The NFL can learn from football coaches in Texas

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

Bob Ray Sanders

American media should not aid Islamic State with its propaganda

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Publishing photos of beheadings helps ISIS’ depraved message.

Bud Kennedy

Anti-school-bond group taking debt fight across district lines

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A North Richland Hills Republican plans to influence Keller school and Fort Worth water district voters.

Jim Witt

Bud Kennedy is a great example of ‘new school’ journalism at the Star-Telegram

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He’s been at the paper for more than 30 years, but social media has made him one of our most-read writers.

Richard Greene

Richard Greene: Sympathy vote not enough for Wendy Davis

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The Democratic candidate for governor has only refocused voter attention on her fight for abortion.

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