Cynthia M. Allen

| |Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

Equal pay debate smart politics, not smart math

In an election year, it’s inevitable that both political parties will select bumper-sticker-friendly wedge issues upon which to build their campaigns.

That’s just smart politics. 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

| |Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

Former Supreme Court justice has some great ideas for changing the Constitution

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, a Gerald Ford appointee who retired in 2010 after almost 35 years on the bench, has released a new book that no doubt will infuriate right wingers, irritate Republican leaders in Congress and pull the covers off the conservative majority on the nation’s highest court.

To all that I say, “Hallelujah.” Read more