Category: Commentary

Hearne police officer shoots 93-year-old woman (TX)

A 93-year-old woman, Pearlie Golden, died at a Bryan hospital Tuesday after being shot at least five times by a Hearne police officer. A sheriff’s office statement describes officers responding to a 911 call of a woman allegedly “waving a gun around” outside a residence. When Officer Stephen Stem arrived, he asked Golden to “put Keep Reading…


Whistleblower: Texas VA’s falsified wait time records

Allegations of falsified records reflecting inaccurate wait times are surfacing in Texas as charges in connection with the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System and a VA outpatient clinic in Fort Collins, Colo., continue making headlines. Though investigations are ongoing, media reports suggest “at least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments” with the Phoenix Keep Reading…


Mumford ISD: Learning more, spending less provides model for Texas schools

Mumford Independent School District, a Robertson County district termed by some as “not quite in no man’s land,” is one of the most cost efficient in the state spending $5,571 compared to statewide average of more than $11,600. Serving the farming community of Mumford, an unincorporated city with a population of 170, the district’s enrollment Keep Reading…


‘Dark money’ politics: transparency, intimidation? (TX)

If advocacy of a viewpoint isn’t enough to influence public policy, is discouraging advocacy of opposing views the next best thing? Transparency or intimidation? That is the crux of the debate as Thursday brought the Texas House State Affairs Committee hearing testimony on the topic of so-called “dark money,” funds given to politically active nonprofit Keep Reading…


Memo attributed to former mayor pro tem alleges persecution, discrimination (TX)

In the wake of former Temple Mayor Pro Tem Judy Morales’ resignation from the Temple City Council and her subsequent plea agreement for a Class B misdemeanor charge of destruction, removal or alteration of public documents, has published an undated memo termed as “ostensibly written” by the former councilwoman which alleges persecution, discrimination, harassment Keep Reading…

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