More bad news for Texas schools
After the recent state primary,
several legislative leaders with years of experience
in Texas school finance, were trounced.
Now, not only is the school system
imperiled by lack of funding from the Legislature,
many of the leaders will no longer be present.
We need to save
The state's education was one
of the reasons that the Texas economy was able
to grow during past decades - with an educated
work. However, with recent cut backs in funding
and a legislature that seems unwilling (or uncaring)
about the problem, Texas schools may see the
kind of decline that has happened in California.
JC Penny's stands firm with gay
Recently JC Penny came under attack
by right-wing groups for hiring Elen DeGeneres,
who is openly gay. Many companies might have
buckled under this pressure, but Penny took
a different tack - to respond with candor and
look for new ways to support "alternative
families". Rarely do such mainstream companies
move forward in this way.
For Father's Day, Penny is
running ads that highlight gay fathers and their
children. This in on the heal of a similar
ad that ran on Mother's Day. Penney CEO Ron
Johnson told Yahoo Finance he wouldn't back
down. "My sense is America has moved beyond
that issue," Johnson said. Kudos.
As Texas goes...
During the past few decades there
has been a shift in U.S. economic and political
power to Texas as the state's population has
steadily grown. Political and social observers
are beginning to notice that "As Texas
goes, so does the nation."
Author Gail Collin's new book
offers to the rest of America what we Texans
"Texas runs everything. Why, then, is it
so cranky? Is it because of its long string
of well-funded but terrible presidential contenders?,"
she questions. She goes on to predict, "Weve
got a super-big state with a young citizenry
and a very high birth rate. You have to figure
that by 2050, the entire United States will
have a distinctly Texas cast."
An interesting read for any citizen
of the huge scrappy Lone Star State.
Texas death penalty questioned
As greatter evidence piles up
about injustices in the texas penal system,
more voices are speaking out against the death
case of Steven Staley brings attention to a
tragedy to involves a murdered victim and a
mentally unstable man. The question
now is what benefit can come from a death penalty
for a man who should stay behind bars and receive
treatment (perhaps for the rest of his life.
The question is also about what part of "thou
shalt not kill" that Texans subscribe to.