Friday, December 6, 2013
San Antonio lost a giant last week.
Ted Fehrenbach was internationally known as a writer, a thinker and most notably as the author of "Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans."
His panoramic account of our state remains the most enduring book on Texas history 45 years after its publication.
Fehrenbach has justifiably been celebrated in death as he was in life.
But San Antonio lost a lesser-known treasure last week, a newspaper editor.
Ben Siegal was not Ben Bradlee.
He didn’t hang out with presidents, or supervise reporters who helped bring presidents down.
Of course, the San Antonio Light, where SIegal spent decades as a reporter, city editor and head of the copy desk, wasn’t the Washington Post.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Michael Morton spent 25 years in state prison for murdering his wife before DNA evidence proved him innocent.
Ken Anderson, the district attorney who got Morton convicted, spent less than five days in jail last week after a judge ruled that he hid evidence of Morton’s innocence from Morton, his attorneys and the trial judge.
There is no neat scale for measuring the price paid by Anderson for his actions against the price paid by Morton for them.
Morton’s 25 years versus Anderson’s five days doesn’t do justice to the disparities.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Mayor Julian Castro continues his goal of revitalizing downtown San Antonio by 2020. He appeared at a press conference with leaders of a new organization backed by major businesses. Rick Casey is joined by the executive director of the organization, and by an urban planner who has been working on development in and around downtown for decades, to discuss serious challenges and how they plan to address them.
Posted by Patrick at 3:39 PM
Friday, November 8, 2013
This week Texans showed themselves overwhelmingly willing to raid our state’s “Rainy Day Fund” to the tune of $2 billion to slake our thirst.
Two things contributed to the landslide passage of Proposition 6.
First, we need to tap the Rainy Day Fund because it hasn’t rained for years.
At least not enough.
Despite some recent precipitation, we’re still in the nastiest drought since the 1950s.
Monday, November 4, 2013
A federal judge struck down a major portion of the anti-abortion law passed by the Texas Legislature last spring. The case now goes to an appeals court and probably the United States Supreme Court. Also this week, H-E-B laid out a plan for a downtown grocery store that calls for a $1 million expansion and a controversial closing of a Main Street block. We hear from HEB.
Posted by Patrick at 11:41 AM
Friday, November 1, 2013
The Texas Legislature has always been divided – although not necessarily along the lines you might think.
Historically speaking, Democrats and Republicans haven’t comprised the most significant division.
In the bad old days, meaning nearly all of the 20th Century, Democrats overwhelmingly controlled the Legislature.
The greatest division was between conservative Democrats and liberal Democrats.
In the bad new days, meaning the past decade, Republicans have overwhelmingly controlled the Legislature.
Now the major division is between conservative Republicans and Tea Party Republicans.
But other divisions have more tenure.
Monday, October 28, 2013
With Texas' burgeoning population and recurring droughts, few disagree that we need to develop more water resources.
The Legislature recently passed a plan to provide a $2 billion fund for water projects, which is on the Nov. 6 ballot as Proposition 6. Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus of Alamo Heights has been traveling the state urging voters to approve the plan. He joins Rick Casey with a message for his home town.
Posted by Texas Week at 11:59 AM
Friday, October 25, 2013
Many years ago I attended a conference at the Convention Center on ideas such as "Smart Growth" and the "New Urbanism."
I recall during a break telling my friend and neighbor Irby Hightower about the irony of our neighbors in King William, the historic and eclectic neighborhood just south of downtown.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Remember the Alamo? Of course you do. But after this weekend you may remember it differently.
For scores of years the Daughters of the Republic of Texas - an army of women with a public face fiercer than Davy Crockett's and far more humorless - has preserved the Alamo not as a museum, not as a tourist trap, but as a shrine.
It is hallowed ground not just because it drank the blood of martyrs. More than that, it is the wellspring of Texas' creation myth.