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Too Many “Sex Toys” In 1973, the Texas legislature passed a law that makes it illegal to possess more than six “sex toys.” The law remains on the books. Supposedly, anyone possessing more than six “sex toys” is promoting pornography. Religious conservatives would like us to believe that pornography threatens our way of life. In […]

Shared Sacrifices

Three weeks ago, Mayor Turner said that he wants voters to remove a cap on property taxes so the city can deal with its budget problems. In other words, he wants us to give him a blank check. He wants to be able to raise property taxes without the restrictions voters previously placed on the […]

Government Without Taxation

If your neighbor broke into your home and stole money to pay for his health care, he would be guilty of theft. If an employer withheld wages from an employee in order to pay for his daughter’s braces, he would be guilty of theft. Indeed, if a private citizen takes money from another individual by […]

How Republicans Can Win Harris County

Harris County Republicans took a beating in last November’s election. Democrats won all four major county offices and swept the two dozen judgeships up for election. Some of claimed that Republican woes in Harris County were a down ballot consequence of Donald Trump leading the ticket. While there may be some truth to this, the […]

Chronicle Should Lead the Campaign on Gun Safety

A recent editorial in the Chronicle called for a state program to increase public awareness regarding safe gun storage. Citing the 600 Texas children who are annually killed or injured by guns and the 1,900 Texans who commit suicide with guns, the paper argues that

Because the number of firearm fatalities is comparable to the […]

Sell the Astrodome

Since being closed in 2008, the Astrodome has been the subject of frequent debate regarding its future. Proposals have included demolition, turning the facility into an indoor park, and creating a multi-use facility. While these proposals vary significantly, they all have one thing in common: taxpayers will get to foot the bill.

No matter what […]

Terms Limits isn’t the Answer

The Trump presidency has led to renewed cries for term limits. If we throw the “bums” out, the thinking goes, we can elect representatives who are more responsive to voters. While the appeal of such thinking is understandable, it is fundamentally flawed.

The real problem is not in Congress (or any other elected body), but […]

The Left and Trump Aren’t That Different

Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg has clearly bought into the hysteria surrounding Trump’s election. Reporting on Saturday’s anti-Trump protests in Houston, she writes:

There’s a line somewhere, a place at which Americans would be justified in rejecting the results of a democratic election.

Where is that line? Many Americans believe Trump has already crossed it, not […]

A Call to Abandon Galveston

Brandt Mannchen, spokesman for the Sierra Club’s Houston Regional Group, reveals the true nature of environmentalism in a story about the Ike Dike. The Ike Dike is a storm protection system being planned for the Houston and Galveston area. Mannchen says that rather than build a protection system, we should just abandon Galveston Island.

“Nobody […]

The “War on Drugs” is Immoral

Chris Tomlinson, the Regressive business columnist for the Chronicle, writes that Texas is wasting money on its prison system. I agree with him on that point. But then we part ways. Tomlinson believes that much of the money spent on prisons could be better spent on such as job training, drug counseling, and mental health […]