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Trump’s business council exodus reminds hypocrisy alive, well

The latest onslaught of American CEO departures from President Trump’s two business outreach groups, the Manufacturing Council and the Strategic and Policy Forum, demonstrate hypocrisy being both alive and well as corporations increasingly adopt political stances on today’s issues. It certainly is the right of an individual or corporation to accept or decline participation in Keep Reading…

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Transparency bill opposition exposes local bond election deceptions

Texas voters are a step closer to much needed transparency when it comes to city, county and school bond elections. Officials routinely claim support for open government policies, yet opposition to bills before the state’s legislature reminds this concept functions as a theory local governments more robustly espouse than routinely practice. The May 6 election Keep Reading…

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Resistance v. reform: what’s the real threat to teacher, other public sector pensions?

Public sector pension reform is hardly a new policy topic, however, it is gaining new attention in Texas as recently filed bills seek to alter existing state pension systems that are approaching insolvency and therefore unsustainability. While advocacy groups vilify proposed legislation and warn teachers along with other government employees how retirement benefits may be Keep Reading…

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New book exposes guardianship abuse and how judges, lawyers steal your money

Guardianship: How Judges and Lawyers Steal Your Money is a recently-released book offering a practical view of the growing issue of guardianship abuse. Author Michael Larsen aptly characterizes his book as about “lies, chemical restraints, theft, torture and pre-meditated murder committed by judges, lawyers, guardians and other professionals throughout the United States on a daily Keep Reading…

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Is today’s high cost, often low value college experience something to love?

“Because your degree was your second love at UNT…” reads a Valentine’s Day card recently sent to alumni by the University of North Texas.  While designed to conjure warm, fuzzy images of past college experiences, this card, sent by the Division of Advancement, also reminds why savvy education consumers increasingly question the cost and value Keep Reading…

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