Cynthia M. Allen

| |Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2014

Regarding political differences, just blame biology

In an age of heightened political correctness, the suggestion that a person’s political orientation might be related to physiology, genes or brain development would probably be considered gauche if not wholly offensive.

One isn’t born with a propensity to be liberal or conservative — such beliefs have long been thought to be wholly within human control; formulated over time, influenced by those we encounter, animated by personal experiences and solidified (one would hope) by thoughtful consideration. Read more

Bud Kennedy

| |Thursday, Sep. 25, 2014

Lived here 25 years? Sorry, but we’re not sure you can vote

For 25 years, retired nurse Nancy Neuhaus has lived in a Parker County rural paradise.

So imagine her shock when a letter from the county warned she might lose her right to vote. Read more

Mike Norman

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

Texas lawmakers will have to tackle electronic privacy issues

No matter what we might think about Edward Snowden’s ethics and patriotism, or lack thereof, the notorious National Security Agency leaker exposed things we didn’t know before about how much information our government can and sometimes does gather about us.

The scandal that he unleashed forced decision-makers to re-examine what NSA and other agencies do, to again weigh issues of individual privacy, particularly electronic privacy, against issues of protecting the public. Read more

Bob Ray Sanders

| |Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014

Founders made it tough to approve constitutional amendments

Do you know how long it took for the 19th Amendment to the Constitution to be adopted?

It’s hard to believe that this amendment, which assured one of the most basic rights in a democratic republic — the right to vote for women — took decades to be passed and ratified. Read more