To those of you who think “All politicians are the same” or “My vote doesn’t matter”.

Some among you may think that “politicians are all the same”, or “my vote doesn’t matter”. I would urge you to look at possible consequences of a Republican takeover of several (all?) branches of government in 2016.

Social Security: Republicans would like to raise the age of retirement, abolish or privatize Social Security
Medicare: Republicans have been talking about a voucher system. You might be out of luck if you reach the cap on your voucher…. On Medicare and Social Security, see the 2014 Texas Republican party …

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excerpts from the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage

Today was a great day for all of us who love freedom and their fellow human beings! The Supreme Court decisions tend to be on the long side. I have excerpted what I thought were the most salient points and added Justice Kennedy’s heartfelt conclusion. If you read nothing else, please make time to read the last paragraph – it is the most touching.

“The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times. [….] changed understandings of marriage are …

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Robert E. Lee, Scarlett and me

Mary, a friend from my Washington days, is a novelist who penned “Papa Was a Boy in Gray”, a collection of reminiscences from the daughters of Confederate soldiers. She has always had an interest in history and is proud of her Southern roots. She does not have a racist bone in her body.

After the massacre in a historic black church in Charleston, there is now widespread agreement that the Battle Flag of the Confederacy should stop flying above our government buildings. We must not fool …

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On the Affordable Care Act – round 2.

Today the Supreme Court upheld the legality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”). The challenge to the law was based on 4 words. If you tried really hard, you might just have been able to understand that citizens were not entitled to subsidies in states that had chosen not to set up their own health exchanges. Had the Supreme Court ruled against the law, those (Republican-led) states would have deprived over 6 million citizens of the benefits of Obamacare – possibly as soon …

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Dallas News Sunday Edition 6/14 Letters on McKinney Incident

Jim Barber letter on McKinney Incident – Accountability is Simple

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Dallas Morning News Sounding Off:TCEQ violates Clean Air Act?

John Kiser and Carole Dodd speak about whether  Texas Commission on Environmental Quality violated federal Clean Air Act


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