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Celebrating Our 60th Anniversary with a Look Back (and Forward)

Six decades of Observer hits + The Change Makers; A Portrait Gallery + Joe R. Landsale, Michelle Garcia, Ronnie Dugger, Fred Lewis and Michael Webber and Katharine Hayhoe on Texas’ Next 60 Years

The Next 60: Agenda for a New Texas

I suggest we restart our thinking and discussion of what, in the years and decades ahead, we want ethically, politically and economically for our state and our country. In a quest for a new Texas agenda, let’s think together for the present and for the future, a future when the people take back our state and when our children inherit it.

The Next 60: Cutting Carbon and Reinventing the Economy

Texas is uniquely vulnerable to a changing climate but also poised to take advantage of a carbon-free economy that includes wind and solar power.

‘License to Discriminate’ Bills Pile Up in Texas Lege

Two days after the Plano City Council approved an ordinance prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people, a Texas legislator filed a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit the ability of cities to enforce such laws.

A Christmas Crackdown on Texas Charter Schools

State regulators announced plans to close 14 charter schools on Tuesday, the largest revocation in the state’s history.

The Oxford American Turns to Texas Music

The magazine’s companion anthology album—always an eclectically curated highlight of the Oxford American’s annual music issues, of which the current iteration is the first devoted solely to Texas—features a stylistic gamut encompassing Los Super 7 and Spoon, Kinky Friedman and Sarah Jarosz, Buddy Holly and Ornette Coleman, Johnny Winter and Barbara Lynn.

Railroaded by the Railroad Commission in Denton

Some Denton residents are ready to see the Texas Railroad Commission abolished since its leaders have sought to undermine the city’s ban on fracking.

Karnes County Considers its Future in the Family Detention Business

Karnes County residents debate the expansion of an immigrant family detention facility in their community.

Observer Radio Episode 87: Same-Sex Marriage and Privatizing Terrell State Hospital

Observer Radio discusses the potential for same-sex couples to marry in Texas. Also, the risks of privatizing Terrell State Hospital.

Healing Dallas by Repurposing its Abandoned Jails

Mark Lamster, architecture critic at the Dallas Morning News, says Dallas should convert its many abandoned jails into hotels, schools and other facilities.