Cynthia M. Allen

| |Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

Knowledge, religion and the hard work of faith

In my early 20s, I suffered from an affliction I suspect is common among people that age: I felt great uncertainty about the world, what I believed and how I would ever understand it all.

I was finishing up my bachelor’s degree, cramming my head with sciences and humanities, soaking up facts, figures and ideas in the hope that examining them would provide not only answers but certitude. Read more

Bud Kennedy

| |Saturday, Apr. 19, 2014

Easter of tears: 80 years ago, 2 law officers met death at hands of Bonnie and Clyde

That bloody Easter is 80 years past now, and almost nobody talks anymore about the two law officers killed on Dove Road.

Maybe Doris Brown Edwards was right. We’ve forgotten her husband, state patrol officer Ed Wheeler of Fort Worth, and rookie partner H.D. Murphy, shot dead 12 days short of his wedding. Read more

Mike Norman

| |Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

Calculators for math tests a problem for schools

If you want a concrete example of Texas tripping over its own feet in financing public schools, look at the recent unfunded mandate from the Texas Education Agency regarding math tests.

Education Commissioner Michael Williams told superintendents in February that eighth-grade students must have graphing calculators when they take STAAR tests in the 2014-15 school year. Read more

Bob Ray Sanders

| |Sunday, Apr. 13, 2014

A lesson in forgiveness from a Fort Hood victim

When President Barack Obama and the first lady made a return visit to Fort Hood last week, they paused in front of the kind of memorials we have become accustomed to seeing since the start of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

But this time the moving symbols — three pairs of boots, three rifles topped with three helmets, alongside photographs of three proud servicemen — did not represent soldiers killed in war. They had been slain by one of their own when Specialist Ivan A. Lopez went on an eight-minute shooting spree, wounding 16 others before killing himself. Read more