Opinions: Texas Perspectives

Texas Still Needs to Support Innovation

Feb. 4, 2015
Texas Still Needs to Support Innovation

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has called for the elimination of the Emerging Technology Fund, a program that gave $200 million in taxpayer dollars to Texas startups but was hindered by bankruptcies and other issues.

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Bans on Alcohol Advertising Don't Make Much Sense

Feb. 2, 2015
Bans on Alcohol Advertising Don't Make Much Sense

The Super Bowl has come and go, and watchers were treated to some of the best commercials of the year. Once again, among the ads' sponsors were producers of alcoholic products who many times make some of the highest rated commercials of the game.

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At Age 75, Social Security System Isn't Ready for Retirement Yet

Jan. 27, 2015
At Age 75, Social Security System Isn't Ready for Retirement Yet

January 31 marks the 75th anniversary of the first benefit check provided by the Social Security System, a $22.54 payment made to Ida May Fuller of Ludlow, Vermont.

The milestone is cause for celebration, but future retirees must also raise their voices for reform.

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The Middle-Class Renter is Invisible in Federal Housing Initiatives

Jan. 23, 2015
The Middle-Class Renter is Invisible in Federal Housing Initiatives

President Barack Obama's State of the Union address provided a list of things that "will make a meaningful difference in the lives of millions of families."

Items included on the list were child care, equal pay, higher minimum wages and lower mortgage premiums.

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Alcoholism Research Surprisingly Has Come a Long Way

Jan. 21, 2015
Alcoholism Research Surprisingly Has Come a Long Way

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently came out with a study that found six Americans die every day on average from alcohol poisoning.

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