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 By Carl Parker    Columnists 

Where Are the People

I am beginning to suspect that aliens are taking over the world by replacing human beings with machines. I wouldn’t complain so much if the machines were more accommodating. As... — Updated 9/20/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Books

While I was in the state Senate, I was invited and attended a Roundtable at Oxford on education. It was attended by educators from all over the world. Many were from countries just... — Updated 9/6/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Socialism

Recently I have heard much discussion about fear that the United States may descend into a socialistic type government. Generally in my conversations with folks, I have found that... — Updated 8/30/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Not Boring

Early in my struggling law practice I was inclined to accept almost anything in order to gain a new client. I regularly swapped legal services for goods or services. On one... — Updated 8/23/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Education Money

Texas public education has not been adequately funded since the 1940s. Under the party now in power it has gotten worse, not better. Growth in charter schools is one reason why.... — Updated 8/16/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Suckers

In this column I recently wrote about the quote of P. T. Barnum that there is a sucker born every minute. I now believe the quote was wrong. After watching the trial of Alex Jones,... — Updated 8/9/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Good or Bad?

There has long been discussion about whether or not elected officials should have limits on how many years they should serve. The concept can be both good and bad. Arguments for... — Updated 8/2/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Reading and Technology

If you are with a group of teens, more often than not you will catch them engrossed in looking at their cell phones. I have been blessed with bright children and grandchildren... — Updated 7/26/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Can Computers Save Us?

Democracy works best when all of the people of the nation participate. Unfortunately, today, less than half of the eligible voters in our country take time to exercise their... — Updated 7/19/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Are You a Sucker?

P. J. Barnum once said, “There is a sucker born every minute.” He made millions using that philosophy with his circus. If democracy is to survive, we need to not be suckers... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Roy and Me

Roy Dunn, publisher of this paper, and I can be cited as a good example of how politics in America should work. Our relationship began over 50 years ago. A close friend of Roy’s... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

House of Representatives

The Texas House of Representatives is made up of 150 members elected from individual districts throughout the state. Traditionally they are re-done to accommodate changes in... — Updated 6/28/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Lieutenant governors of Texas

The constitution grants very little power to the lieutenant governor of Texas. The misconception concerning the power of the position comes from the fact that for traditionally the... — Updated 6/21/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

More About State Government

In answer to last week’s questions I posed, here are some of the answers: • The governor of Texas serves for four-year terms. This was changed in 1972 when John Connally was... — Updated 6/14/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Learning About Government

Almost none of us, if any, would begin any game hoping to win without knowing the rules. Unfortunately, for all of us, too many of us begin our game of citizenship in life without... — Updated 6/7/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Guns

I have a lifetime honorary membership in a gun range. I have owned a gun since I was eleven years old. I have enjoyed hunting, skeet shooting, target practice and own more guns... — Updated 5/31/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Go Vote

I had an old gentleman once tell me the biggest problem in the country is ignorance and apathy, but he said, "I don't know what to do about it and furthermore, I don't really... — Updated 5/24/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Education

There is no doubt I care a great deal about education. It is not only something which increases the quality of life, it underpins the American way of life. Thomas Jefferson once... — Updated 5/17/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

The Cost of Higher Education

Things have certainly changed since I was a freshman at the University of Texas in 1952. I stayed at a boarding house which charged me $55.00 a month for room and board, tuition... — Updated 5/10/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Meeting People

Among some of the nice things about serving in the Legislature for 32 years is the opportunity I enjoyed meeting people, some famous, some not-so-famous, but most very interesting... — Updated 4/19/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Straining Gnats and Swallowing Camels

We have all heard the phrase: “swallowing camels while straining gnats.” Generally, the phrase is applied to persons we designate as hypocrites. It seems to me; however, the... — Updated 4/12/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

A Recent Poll Most Discouraging

Recently, I was extremely disturbed by the results of a poll which asked “How many Americans would remain and fight for our nation’s government as are the Ukrainians?”.... — Updated 4/5/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Count Your Blessings

We in Southeast Texas need to wake up and realize that we are blessed in many ways; but the most valuable commodity available to us, our homes and our business entities is fresh... — Updated 3/29/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

I wonder

As a confessed political junkie, I sit around wondering many times about why some things are as they are. As an example, when I see a candidate flooding the news media with ad... — Updated 3/22/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Lobbyists Who Are Characters

It’s very difficult to write about the state Legislature without including a few stories about lobbyists. Lobbyists represent various interests in the capitol and do their best... — Updated 3/15/2022

 

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