Subscribe to Local Commentary RSS feed

Local Commentary

SAMANTHA FOX: With water issues, could Texas be in the same boat as California?

When it comes to water, everyone knows by now that California’s in trouble. They’re in the fifth year of the worst drought in a century and are scrambling to manage their water better. Some wasteful practices were banned permanently this month, like hosing sidewalks and washing cars with hoses that don’t have shut-off nozzles. Even though El Niño rains have topped off some reservoirs, rain can’t recharge aquifers fast enough, and groundwater depletion remains a serious problem for California.

LETTER: Where the blame for school finance really rests

Don’t blame the Texas Supreme Court for its decision on Texas school finance. The court was so distressed by the condition of Texas school finance that it went far outside its normal bounds to opine on how bad the finance system is, but also showed their integrity and commitment to law by correctly ruling that the Texas State Constitution does not explicitly describe how effective Texas education must be.

LARRY PHILLIPS: Juvenile justice an interim focus

Interim charges are the issues that the Speaker asks committees to study during the time between regular legislative sessions in order to make recommendations for legislation for the following legislative session. This week I will discuss the charges given to the House Committee on Juvenile Justice & Family Issues.

TRACY GINSBURG: Who fixes school finance now?

In the recent Texas Supreme Court decision, few insiders were surprised by the court’s description of the school finance system as “imperfect, Byzantine” and “sclerotic.” Indeed, the latest lawsuit was the seventh since the late 1980s that challenged the constitutionality of the state’s funding system of schools and the equitable distribution to districts.

LARRY PHILLIPS: Committee examines state judicial system

Interim charges are the issues that the speaker asks committees to study during the time between regular legislative sessions in order to make recommendations for legislation for the following legislative session. This week I will discuss the interim charges recently issued to the House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence, which oversees civil law matters.

MOMENTS WITH THE MINISTER: Who is in control?

While I am aware of what is going on in the national political scene, it is not something I follow closely. I know that those in the same party who vilify one another during the primaries often end up being on the same ticket for the election in November. I would guess that I am like of a lot of people in that I don’t think either candidate from the two main political parties is a good choice. People have differing opinions about these matters, and sometimes the disagreements become heated and even violent. We end up treating each other as enemies, forgetting that we are all citizens of the same country.

LETTER: Article encourages debate

The piece was particularly relevant after The Washington Post published that British politics was “in chaos…after a scandal over Israel and anti-Semitism devolved into a vicious fight” over the statements of Labour Party’s Ken Livingstone who suggested that Hitler favored Zionism.

REVIEW: ‘Captain America: Civil War’ pits hero vs. hero in fun summer romp

In the world of comic book and superhero films, Marvel has done well to set itself as the benchmark for how to take the action from the page to the silver screen. With it’s latest release, “Captain America: Civil War,” Marvel is looking to set the bar even higher and change the tone of the cinematic universe. Ultimately, for me the film achieved both of these goals and is one of the studio’s best releases to date.