Cynthia M. Allen

| |Wednesday, Sep. 10, 2014

The NFL can learn from football coaches in Texas

Hours after a video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, punching his then fiancee (now wife) and dragging her limp body out of a casino elevator, hit the Internet, his NFL team tweeted that Rice’s contract had been terminated.

That seemed like a swift and appropriate response, even in the age of speedy social media. Read more

Bud Kennedy

| |Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014

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

The campaign against $330 million in school bonds begins inside a tiny Boulevard 26 office.

Miles from most of the parents and children looking to voters on Nov. 4 for Birdville and Keller school improvements, a North Richland Hills Republican is opposing new debt in both and also wants to change the Fort Worth water district board next spring. 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. 16, 2014

American media should not aid Islamic State with its propaganda

I have borne witness to an execution — not that I wanted to, but because the condemned man whom I had gotten to know over a 10-year period asked me to be there.

Henry Martinez Porter of San Antonio, who was found guilty of killing a Fort Worth police officer, didn’t want any of his family members to be present to watch his death in 1985. He requested that I attend on their behalf. Read more