Protester/Activist

What lobbyists do

The stereotypes Everyone thinks they know what a lobbyist is. It is perhaps the most stereotyped profession in the world: How voters see lobbyists           How legislators see lobbyists               How lobbyists see themselves             The reality First, a definition: Lobbying is the act of attempting...

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When public officials try to silence criticism

It is human nature. People don’t like to be criticized. However, those who hold public office must accept criticism as part of holding office. We have the right (and the duty) to hold our officials accountable for respecting our rights and spending our tax dollars wisely. Usually, the way public officials try to hide from accountability is to persuade the legislature to frame sunshine laws as...

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Ballot issues can bring change

Some time ago, I wrote about civic activist Barry Klein, who helps fellow Texans set up ballot issues on community issues. Today, I received an e-mail from him reporting three victories from elections held May 9. In San Antonio voters approved a charter amendment that will require voter approval on any future urban rail proposal. In Arlington voters amended their city charter to ban red light...

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The dark side of Christmas

Christmas is a beautiful season, in both its religious and secular manifestations. We focus on Mary, Joseph, and the Baby in the manger, on the angels singing Gloria, the shepherds and wise men; but these are only part of the Christmas story. If we confine our telling of the Christmas story to what we learned as children, we risk losing much of its power. What does the Christmas story have to do...

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Unionize college football players?

It’s college football season again, with plenty of exciting action — both on and off the field. Last spring, Northwestern University’s players threatened to form a union to counter a system they viewed as a money-making machine for everyone except the players. The players wanted the university to pay for sports-related medical bills, retain their scholarships when they are injured, and...

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