The Subjectivism of Modern “Art”

While defending government schools with raging vehemence, the Chronicle routinely complains about nearly every aspect of those schools. They complain that funding is unfair, grading schools and districts is misleading, we aren’t paying enough attention to ESL and poor students, state skills tests of students are unreasonable, and on and on and on. A recent […]

Context and Police Shootings

It’s easy to be a Monday morning quarterback. It is easy to criticize the decisions and actions of others when we have the luxury of time and additional information. However, such criticisms are almost always guilty of the same error: They drop context. As an example, consider stories alleging unjustified shootings of citizens by police […]

Autism, Altruism, and Discrimination

The Chronicle has been running an investigative series on special education in Texas. The articles claim that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has issues a guideline that school districts cap the students in special education programs to 8.5 percent as a way to cut costs. The series argues that this guideline violates federal law, which […]

The Solution to Houston’s Deficit

The Chronicle reports that the City of Houston will end the year with a deficit for the first time in its history. Mayor Turner attributes the $95 million deficit to the city’s ongoing pension problems. In a statement issues on Friday, he said

We must have meaningful pension reform and we must have a strategic […]

“Progressives” Are Regressive

For decades Houston has been besieged with “Progressive” activists claiming that they want to make our lives better. Invariably, the way they will make our lives better is by forcing to live as they think best, rather than by our own judgment.

Progressive means to move forward. But the policies advocated by these activists aren’t […]

Altruism Versus Justice

In an editorial last week, the Chronicle demonstrates that altruism isn’t limited to the devoutly religious. It is a scourge that afflicts Houstonians of nearly all religious persuasions. The editorial briefly relates the story of Jesus’ birth, which it calls an “outlandish theological claim.” The editorial goes on to state that Jesus later

will remind […]

When “Rights” are Wrong

Chronicle business reporter Chris Tomlinson calls Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and his allies bigots for their support of a “bathroom bill.” Tomlinson goes on to write:

Today, transgender people are fighting hard for their liberty, which is why bigots are proposing unnecessary laws to deny them the ability to live as they wish.

Through the […]

An Esthetic Principle for Biographical Movies

Biographical and historical movies are popular among film makers, and with good reason. We like to learn more about popular figures. We like to see the story of heroes, whether the heroes are well known or obscure.

But biographical movies raise significant esthetic issues. Unlike a book, a movie must have a more limited length. […]

Truth Versus Environmentalism

Since the 1960s, environmentalists and their ilk have been predicting a series of imminent disasters. First, it was over-population and mass starvation. Then it was a new Ice Age. That was followed by global warming, which was succeeded with climate change. None of the predictions of doom came true.

But that hasn’t stopped environmentalists from […]

Diversity and Knowledge

In my past articles on diversity, I talked about how diversity advocates eschew personal choice in demanding business hiring and educational institution admissions be based on ethnic heritage and not competency as their criteria; how they attack values by seeking to eliminate evaluation; how they elevate the group above the individual; and how they demand […]