Daily Archives: November 30, 2007

An Imaginary Crisis

Why read a book about tort “reform” four years after the Texas Legislature passed a sweeping rewrite of the state’s civil justice laws that seemed to give reformers most everything they wanted? To understand what’s next-the major corporate players are …

Jim Hightower

The Bushites don’t much care that the number of Americans without health coverage has increased by 7 million since they’ve been in charge, including an increase of 600,000 children last year alone. After all, says George W, all Americans have …

Editorial

It’s almost hard to believe these days that not too long ago, tuition at Texas colleges and universities was the cheapest in the nation. This was keeping with a longstanding belief that higher education is good for kids, the state, …

Dialogue

BLOWHARDS Truer words were never spoken. (“Too Much Hot Air,” November 2) We must insist that politicians of every stripe get serious about global warming. Similarly, we must insist on getting serious about it ourselves. We must ask ourselves what …

Leaves of Gold

They stood lined up against the wall, some beckoning with lusty promises of easy riches. Just sign on the dotted line, they said, and the money’s yours. “Guess What? Now Money DOES grow on trees,” read one of their printed …

The Power of Drug Courts

For nearly 20 years, Joel Bennett shuttled drug addicts through courtrooms. He dutifully sent them off to prison, first as a prosecutor and later as a state district judge in Austin, though he knew he was accomplishing little. Incarceration wouldn’t …

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