Opinions: Texas Perspectives

Resolving the State vs. Local Fracking Conflict

May 7, 2014
Resolving the State vs. Local Fracking Conflict

Whatever you may think about the science behind environmental concerns about hydraulic fracturing, there are now indisputable rumblings caused by the natural gas drilling procedure in local communities across Texas.

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Long Live the Lawn

May 5, 2014
Long Live the Lawn

In many areas across the United States, some planners, developers and homeowner associations are saying, "Lawns really don't work here. Grasses can't survive.

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Want to Set Up an Illicit Shell Company? It's Easier Than You'd Think

April 28, 2014
Want to Set Up an Illicit Shell Company? It's Easier Than You'd Think

To the Ukrainian demonstrators who stormed his plush residence in February, former President Viktor Yanukovych's private zoo, vintage car collection, hovercraft, golf course and hand-written receipt for $12 million in cash were stark and obvious indicators of his corruption.

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Shakespeare's Relevance in Today's Society is Changing

April 23, 2014
William Shakespeare's Relevance in Today's Society is Changing

If anniversaries are a good time for taking stock, Shakespeare's 450th birthday on April 23 offers the perfect reason to ask about his plays and poems, and what the future may hold for them.

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We Sacrifice Freedom for Safety, and We Need Not Do So

April 21, 2014
We Sacrifice Freedom for Safety, and We Need Not Do So

Americans cherish their freedom. They enjoy a degree of personal, social and political freedom nearly unrivalled in human history. So it is ironic and even tragic that they willingly forfeit so much of that freedom in pursuit of another value: safety. Safety from what? In a word, crime.

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