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

| |Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

Former opponent Madrigal to help with Davis’ South Texas troubles

Fort Worth state Sen. Wendy Davis’ gubernatorial campaign has all kinds of problems, but she’s working on one.

Davis met privately last week with Democratic primary runner-up Ray Madrigal, and the Corpus Christi Democrat has agreed to help Davis’ struggling campaign in South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley, he said Tuesday. Read more

Mike Norman

| |Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014

Size of the sales tax enters Texas political debate

Today’s political debates could lead you to believe there are two things the Texas Legislature could do with the state sales tax next year: grow it or shrink it. The latter is more likely.

The first choice comes from Glenn Hegar, a state senator from Katy who is the Republican nominee for comptroller. 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