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I was recently asked by some journalism students from different area universities to give them advice about journalism and I said: Walk the streets of your community with your camera always at the ready. Walk, ride a bike, take mass transit or, at the last resort go in a car. If you are driving,...
Over the last month, the tariff tussle between China and America has heated up. So far, all the action has been confined to big words and big threats, which is where Trump really shines. But what will happen next? If the result is that China opens its economy to more American products and stops...
    My brother Matt died of AIDS 26 years ago today, passing away in his bed in my parents' home in Houston.     It was a benighted time for people with AIDS. There were no antiretrovirals then. There was nothing much you could do for an AIDS patient but hold his hand. And many people still...
Now, after we have witnessed one of the largest mass coordinated marches in American history last weekend, it is time to say Democrats are suddenly the recipients of several million new voters and future activists vis-a-vis gun issues. I couldn't be happier and prouder of the students exercising...
PINGPONGBANG - I was blessed recently to view the Korean Peace Talks Phase Juan as I supped on some chamomile tea and discussed brand name versus generic brand ice cream outside of a local rumor mill - read Café André. The vision, clear as the ring of a bell on a capital ship, took form as a...
My first thought when I heard Trump’s plan to slap 25% tariffs on steel imports (and 10% on aluminum) was something like this: “The global economy is finally clicking on all cylinders, why are you messing with it?” Upon more reflection, I think that was exactly the right response. However, Trump is...
17 minutes. That's the amount of time our schools seem fitting to bring attention to the ongoing issue of violence and homicidal tendencies teens and children are plagued with in our nation. I understand why 17 minutes, to honor the lives that were lost in Parkland, Florida after the recent...
Many of you have contacted my office about my vote on Senate Bill 6617 (The Legislative Public Records Act). I have always cared for and championed open and transparent government. The Legislative Public Records Act was actually an attempt to increase disclosure and transparency for the state...
"The hope with the bill was for it to resolve the current confusion about the accessibility of legislative documents. It would be helpful to have clarity, both for the legislative offices and the public. There was clarity before, but then just confusion because of the court case. I’ve learned that...
It has not taken mass shootings at several schools, churches or companies to form my opinion regarding the AK47 assault rifle. I knew decades ago that it was not meant as a friendly little gun that mama could keep in her robe pocket in case an intruder came calling at 3 a.m.. The "AK" was...

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