Cynthia M. Allen

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

The negative about ‘affirmative consent’ laws

Whether you believe the oft-repeated statistic that 1 in 5 women in college is sexually assaulted, or agree that the claim is dubious at best as some analysts have illustrated, there is no doubt that contemporary campus culture contributes mightily to the incidence of unwanted sexual activity between young men and women.

But regulating sex, as California’s recently passed “affirmative consent” law seems to do, does little to address the underlying problems that increase female vulnerability to assault on campus. Read more

Bud Kennedy

| |Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Birdville, Keller school districts face a shadowy foe

For parents and alumni backing Birdville or Keller school bonds, an opposing voter might be as close as the newcomer next door.

But the money to pay for the slick, well-staffed anti-bond campaigns comes from somewhere else: Read more

Mike Norman

| |Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

FWISD must show competence on bond projects

This is clear: Washington Heights Elementary School, built underground almost 40 years ago to shield students from the noise of nearby Meacham Field, has to be rebuilt.

Nearby residents were promised as much last year, and many joined other district voters in approving a $490 million bond package that included money for a new Washington Heights. Read more

Bob Ray Sanders

| |Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

Tarrant County agency has been aiding child abuse victims for 22 years

A star professional football player is charged with injuring his 4-year-old son by whipping him with a switch, and the news sets off a national discussion about the causes and effects of child abuse.

But it shouldn’t have taken Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s alleged offense to focus our attention on one of the most serious and painful issues in our society. Read more