There is No Plan B

Now that the election is over, it seems clear that each party had its own distinct message. Republicans, following Trump’s lead, went all-in on immigration, the wall, migrant caravans, crimes committed by illegals, fearsome Central American gangs, birth-right citizenship, appointment of conservative judges, and a sprinkling of self praise for tax cuts and deregulation. Democrats […]

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Now What?

The election is over. What did we learn? The turnout was excellent when compared to recent elections, but the election exposed mechanical flaws, breakdowns, unpreparedness and likely voter suppression. In some places voters on Tuesday had to wait 3-4 hours. Would you vote if you had to wait 3 hours and had a job or […]

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Teen Driving Deaths

We are fortunate and proud to be the home of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, which is the premier transportation research institute in the world. On 11/07/18, the Houston Chronicle published an article by Lisa Minjares-Kyle of Texas A&M Transportation Institute regarding teen crash deaths. According to the article, car crashes remain the number 1 […]

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Voting

amberzen https://pixabay.com/en/users/amberzen-1239031/ It is election time, for better or for worse. I half expect a public announcement any minute that Russians, Chinese or someone else has “hacked” the election. Where once that idea would have been laughable, it certainly isn’t anymore. One can only hope that our intelligence agencies, cybersecurity experts and election officials are […]

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Rivers Aren’t Sewers

On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, the Houston Chronicle ran a front page story, “EPA Eyeing Water Well Rules,” which said the Trump Administration may change federal clean water regulations to allow oil and gas companies to discharge their wastewater directly into rivers and streams. I was so astonished that I had to read it twice. […]

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The Price of Power

Photo is property of en.wikipedia.org I have long wondered why politicians cling so tenaciously to their offices. Is it the money? Is it ego? Is it the perks and benefits they receive from the government and the innumerable lobbyists that court them? Is it the power, prestige and fame? Is it the sense of privilege […]

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Some Good News about Safety

It doesn’t happen often, but once in a great while politicians do the right thing for the right reason. I have a very dear friend who lost her only child, a beautiful daughter, and her son-in-law, a gifted medical researcher and fine man, in the balloon crash that occurred near Maxwell in Caldwell County, Texas […]

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What to Do About Football Concussions?

On Friday, October 5, 2018, the Houston Chronicle ran a frontpage story about a Santa Fe, Texas husband and wife who have sued the school district, coaches and others in federal court for a severe closed head injury sustained by their son while playing football. The most unusual thing about this case is that it […]

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Whom to Believe?

Like many of you, my wife and I watched the testimony of Dr. Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh. Then we listened to the politicians and commentators dissect the testimony on television and read about it in newspapers and periodicals. Finally, as is usual for husbands and wives, we talked about it all. Because I once […]

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Remember When We Liked Science?

XXSTRINGERXX xxxxx / Reuters On 9/28/18, it was revealed in news reports that the Environmental Protection Agency intends to dissolve its Office of the Science Advisor. This position’s duty is to advise the EPA Administrator on scientific research related to health and environmental regulations and to ensure that the highest quality science is integrated into […]

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Who Do They Think They’re Foolin’?

The Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee were deeply concerned about how it would look for an all-male panel of Republicans to cross-examine a woman who alleges she was sexually mauled by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Normally, politicians jump at the chance to be on television, but not this time. In a vain and […]

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While You Were Sleeping

Photo: Smiley N. Pool, Staff / Houston Chronicle You know the old saying: ‘If you snooze you lose.’ That applies nowhere more than the United States Congress. Recall the catastrophic fertilizer explosion in West, Texas that killed 15, injured 200, and destroyed a sizable chunk of the town? In the aftermath, it was discovered that […]

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He Was Oh So Close and Then…

The carefully choreographed processional leading up to the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court was going according to plan and then … it wasn’t. Allegations of sexual misconduct have arisen that will delay the coronation. One of the ladies accusing Kavanaugh has asked the FBI to investigate her claim before she […]

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Oh What Tangled Webs We Weave…

The New York Times ran a story on 9/18/18 (“Lawyers Work at Untangling Risk to Trump”), which discusses at length the multitude of potential problems caused by having what many would say are “too many cooks in the kitchen”. Many lawyers have come and gone from Trump’s team and each of them has had his […]

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How Litigation Lending Affects You

Over the years companies have been created that specialize in lending money at extremely high, even unconscionably high, interest rates to people who are involved in personal injury or wrongful lawsuits and people who are awaiting the payment of money from the settlement of lawsuits. There are also companies who lend money to lawyers who […]

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The Senate Judicial Confirmation Hearing

After a raucous beginning, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the United States Supreme court, got his chance to speak: “A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law. A judge must interpret statutes as written. A judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and […]

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Feed the Hungry

Today is the Brazos Valley Food Bank’s annual Feast of Caring. I hope it is a big success and encourage everyone to attend and give. If you cannot go, please make a contribution when you next consider your charitable giving for 2018. In a community such as ours that appears to be so prosperous, you […]

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Bias Against Muslims as a Factor in Litigation

Since 9/11, there has been an awareness among lawyers of an anti-Muslim bias and prejudice that potentially affects the fairness of trials. We are now learning this goes beyond Muslims and extends to Arabs. According to a 2015 Gallup poll, 43% of all Americans admit to holding prejudice against Muslims and 39% express an unfavorable […]

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