Commentary

Wed
12
Nov

It’s time to take human trafficking seriously

it is a horrifying story, but one that has become all too common. By age 10, a young girl was being sold to men in bars. At 14, she escaped captivity as a sex slave and landed on the streets, penniless and alone, ultimately turning to a pimp who trafficked her for several years as a minor. This happened not in the dark corners of a Third World country, but right here in Dallas.

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Wed
12
Nov

Abbott, Patrick win top posts as Republicans dominate

Winners in the Nov. 4 general election on the whole proved that incumbency and/or running as a Republican continue to be assets when Texas voters hit the polls. Democrats Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte lost by wide margins to Republicans Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick for the offices of governor and lieutenant governor, respectively. In the Abbott-Davis race, the spread was 20 points: 59 to 39 percent. Similarly, the spread in the Patrick-Van de Putte race was 19 points: 58 to 39 percent.

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Wed
05
Nov

One-time volunteer job officiating football challenged fairness

by Willis Webb

Once — JUST once — I was “volunteered” to officiate a junior high school football game. Thank the good Lord I was spared that indignity ever again, but I couldn’t refuse that time. The head coach of those Teague Junior High Lions was one Jack Meredith, my family’s next-door neighbor and absolutely one of the best guys I’ve ever known. Jack went to Stanford Universitywhere he was a three-year starter at end. He married a Teague girl (Norita Keils) and wound up coaching there in both the high school and the junior high. There are much larger staffs these days and most schools, even those Teague’s size, have somewhat separate coaching staffs.

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Wed
05
Nov

Early voting turnouts, Toyota’s move, Ebola-free nurse and more

by Ed Sterling

The Secretary of State’s Elections Division on Oct. 31 posted early voting turnouts for each of the state’s 15 highest-population counties: Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar, Travis, Collin, Denton, El Paso, Fort Bend, Hidalgo, Montgomery, Williamson, Galveston, Nueces and Cameron. Of the 8,978,313 registered voters in those counties, 1,715,731 voted early in person or by mail. That’s a 19.11 percent cumulative early voting percentage.

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Wed
29
Oct

Campaigns in final push as election day nears

by Ed Sterling

Polls continued to show Republican candidates ahead in top-of-ballot races as Texas moved closer to the Oct. 31 earlyvoting deadline before Election Day, Nov.  4. Political campaigns continued to work feverishly across Texas, knocking on doors, holding rallies, robo-calling, planting signs, flooding mailboxes and barraging email accounts.
 
Wed
22
Oct

Facts about Lake Buchanan hunting

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
We are writing to clear up some misconceptions about the law regarding hunting on or near Lake Buchanan (“Banner Year in Hunting Predicted,” Oct. 1, 2014, Burnet Bulletin).
 
Wed
22
Oct

High court allows voter ID law for current election

by Ed Sterling

With early voting in Texas only days away, the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 18 let stand a U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals order, thereby allowing Texas’ 2011 voter identification law to remain in force for the time being. Civil rights plaintiffs in Veasey et al. v. Perry et al. sought to have portions of the law declared unenforceable on constitutional grounds. In a Corpus Christi federal courtroom, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos struck down the law and ordered the state to return to election law practices in place before the Legislature passed the law in 2011.
 
Wed
15
Oct

Mayor urges ‘yes’ vote on school bond issue

Letter to the Editor
 
Dear Editor:
I support the upcoming Burnet Consolidated Independent School District (BCISD) bond proposal. The community is presented with a well-vetted package that will provide educational facilities for our children that are safe, technologically up-todate and functional for years to come.

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Wed
15
Oct

Ruling prevents enforcement of voter law

by Ed Sterling

An Oct. 9 ruling by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos of Corpus Christi prevents the state from enforcing the voter identification law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011 as Senate Bill 14. In the case, Marc Veasey et al. v. Rick Perry et al., Ramos ruled the law was enacted with a discriminatory purpose and an impermissible discriminatory effect against Hispanics and African-Americans. Ramos said the law places an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote that is, in effect, a poll tax. “Plaintiffs,” she wrote, “have thus demonstrated that every form of SB 14-qualified ID available to the general public is issued at a cost.”
Wed
08
Oct

Front-running candidates appear in debate forums

Texans interested in who their next governor and lieutenant governor witnessed major party candidates for those offices engage in live, one-hour broadcast debates last week. Fellow state Sens. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and Dan Patrick, R-Houston, opponents in the race for lieutenant governor, faced off in Austin on Sept. 29. Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, and Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott competed on stage in Dallas on Sept. 30, each striving to succeed longtime Gov. Rick Perry as the state’s chief executive.
 

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