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Southern history? There’s a month for that.

Black History Month never comes quietly. Every February, its observance dredges up a surprising amount of controversy over whether dedicating a month to the history and accomplishments of a single race is necessary. One of the most oddly pervasive questions offered by its detractors: Why isn’t there a white history

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New voices speak on immigration reform

The following editorial appeared in the Houston Chronicle on April 1, 2013.  As a Mexican-American living in the Southwest who writes frequently about immigration, my definition of what constitutes harsh language is probably a bit skewed. Recently, after I defended Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a reader in San Antonio

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    Trying to win an election? Don’t say this.

Trying to win an election? Don’t say this.

Click here for full-sized image At midnight on April 1, the polls opened for the UNT Student Government Association’s 2013 election. If you’re among the 90 percent of UNT students who didn’t vote in last year’s election, you probably don’t care too much now. Of course, if you change your

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North Korea goes back to kindergarten

It’s interesting how closely international politics can resemble those of a fourth grade playground. The U.S., for instance, is that one kid who imagines himself the leader and tries to enforce the rules. England is the awkward sidekick, who interjects “Yeahs” and “What he saids.” The European Union is the

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Texas drug bill ought to mellow out, man

If you’re addicted to drugs, do you deserve money from the government? For the Texas Legislature, all signs point to “no.” On Tuesday, lawmakers pushed forward with a bill that would require drug testing for certain applicants to the state’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program, a monthly cash assistance

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Texas has issues: Your state’s week in review

An Abilene high school student is currently terrifying us all by bench pressing 700 pounds at a recent weightlifting competition. This shiny building of a man is named Matt Poursoltani, and his feat ties a statewide record for his division. We’re suitably impressed, but a quick look at Poursoltani’s Facebook

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In higher education, trends are friends

Education reform was once the policy panacea technology companies could invest in as being a solution to fix the growing skills and knowledge gap of what students possess and what they should possess to work at technology firms. A recent change in policy investments, from reforms in education to reforms

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Civil liberties passing sniff test

The Supreme Court made a pretty significant ruling this week. No, it wasn’t about gay marriage. They haven’t decided anything on that yet. The court has however set a different precedent: Bringing drug-sniffing dogs to a property without a warrant constitutes an unlawful search, violating the Fourth Amendment. Basically, what

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Doom and groom

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court dipped a careful toe into the raging debate surrounding same-sex marriage in this country. Today, the deliberation will continue as the high court considers the implications of two landmark cases regarding gay and lesbian unions. The laws under scrutiny are California’s Proposition 8 and the

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Get real, repeal

The following editorial appeared in the Tampa Bay Times on Friday, March 22. When President Barack Obama became the first president to endorse same-sex marriage, he was reflecting evolving American attitudes on the issue. As with other historic civil rights gains for racial minorities and women, Americans eventually embrace fairness.

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