In the past decade, the use of wind energy has sharpy increased. About 24 million American homes use wind, about 4 million of those in Texas, and many businesses are starting to use wind to power their facilities.
Freedom and democracy require an informed public. The White House on Friday fired a salvo of censorship at its disfavored news media, meant to show that any organization that displeases President Trump with the news they produce will be punished.
Many items are tax-free year-around — milk, cold medicine, baby food, antidepressants, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, acne treatments, to name a few — but feminine hygiene products, condoms and diapers are all taxed.
In a little over a month, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on a Virginia case in which transgender high school senior Gavin Grimm has been told by his school that he can’t use the boys’ restroom, which he prefers, because he was born a girl.
One report estimates about 313,000 Texans are victims of human trafficking, about 80,000 of them minor and youth victims of sex trafficking. About 78,000 of those victims had some contact with the child welfare system, says the University of Texas at Austin study.
Wrestler Mack Beggs of Trinity High School in Euless is transitioning from female to male and takes testosterone as part of that transition. UIL rules say he must wrestle girls if he takes part in UIL competitions, because his birth certificate says he’s female. Jim Baudhuin, a Coppell lawyer and parent of a wrestler, has filed suit against the UIL saying that testosterone, an anabolic steroid that can increase muscle and bone mass, gives Beggs an unfair advantage.
A drop in available revenue means Texas lawmakers must make difficult budget decisions. At the same time, needs such as an overhaul of Child Protective Services must be met. Budget writers should not rule out tapping the Rainy Day Fund.
Like many others, we consider Rosa Maria Ortega’s eight-year prison sentence for voter fraud, handed down by a jury in a Tarrant County courtroom last week, to be harsh. We wish the 37-year-old mother of four children ages 12 to 16 didn’t have to go to prison, but we can’t think of the “right” way to fix the predicament she has put herself in.
Mayor Jeff Williams’ kindness initiative is sorely needed. So sorely, in fact, that Williams may find some people so wound up that an act of kindness is beyond them right now. Before they can get to kindness, some people just need to try being civil.
Rep. Stephanie Klick, R- Fort Worth, introduced a bill last week that would strip away a controversial regulation for advanced registered nurses practicing in the state. Sen Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, filed a similar bill.
It’s always good to dispel racial tensions, which have been running high in Fort Worth since an ugly Dec. 21 clash between an African-American mother and a white police officer. But City Hall has to approach it in the right way or it’s likely to go nowhere.
Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, has filed a bill that would set “appropriate penalties” for school administrators for not reporting improper student-teacher conduct. Those penalties could include jail time.