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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

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Do We Care?

How often do you hear someone say, "Nobody tells me what to do!"? After watching the recent election results, it seems that over 80% of Texans, including those in Orange County,... — Updated 3/8/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Watch your Ego

All politicians have egos, particularly after winning a hard-fought election battle. I must confess, I too was pumped up quite a bit after winning my election to the state Senate.... — Updated 3/1/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Lamar State College-Orange

How Lamar State College-Orange came about is a somewhat interesting story about community involvement and politics. The story really began with Port Arthur College. Port Arthur... — Updated 2/22/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

What's a Politician?

How many times have you heard someone running for office say, "I am not a politician"? The phrase seems to suggest that being a politician is necessarily a bad thing. I disagree.... — Updated 2/15/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Good News

The good news for Orange, County may be indicative of good news coming for all of America. There has been enough bad news in recent years accompanying the pandemic: arguments over... — Updated 2/1/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Remember When

I wonder whether or not there is anyone besides me old enough to remember when there was no bridge to Bridge City. When one was driving west out of Orange, as you neared the Neches... — Updated 1/11/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Be Prepared

As a boy I was fascinated by books telling tales of gallant knights saving the people. It was exciting to read about Ivanhoe, King Arthur and other errant knights going forth to... — Updated 1/4/2022

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Democracy's Greatest Danger

After chairing the Texas Senate Education Committee for several years, I am absolutely convinced that although education is expensive, it is not near so expensive as ignorance. I... — Updated 12/28/2021

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Real people once answered the phone

If you are over 60 years old there is an additional plague attacking you rather than the current virus. I am absolutely convinced that computers were invented to drive us old folks... — Updated 12/21/2021

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Texas Prospectives: What's in a Name

Recently, Governor Abbott has made a been to-do about the fact that Beto is not is not Beto O’Rourke’s real name. O’Rourke’s real name is Robert Francis O’Rourke. The gove... — Updated 12/14/2021

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Texas Governor Series: Rick Perry

Rick Perry (Richard Perry) was the 47th governor of Texas, serving from 2000-2015. Perry served as the longest presiding governor of Texas after being elevated from lieutenant... — Updated 11/30/2021

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Texas Governor Series: Ann Richards and George W. Bush

While Ann Richards about whom I have already written succeeded Bill Clements, one short article in the Penny Record does not give adequate credit or respect to Ann Richards by becom... — Updated 11/23/2021

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Texas Governor Series: Ann Richards succeeds Bill Clements

Ann Richards succeeded Bill Clements. Her familiarity with state politics began while secretary to Sara Weddington. Weddington is well known for having argued the case of Roe v. Wad... — Updated 11/16/2021

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Texas Governor Series: re-election of Bill Clements

Bill Clements was only the second governor to have served as governor, suffered a defeat and made a return. The other governor sharing this unique election experience was Ma... — Updated 11/2/2021

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Texas Governor Series: Mark White

Mark White was the governor who succeeded Bill Clements' first term in office. White was a member of a prominent Houston law firm. On his first political venture he defeated Price... — Updated 10/26/2021

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Texas Governor Series: William (Bill) Clements

William (Bill) Clements was elected after Dolph Briscoe. Clements defeated a former attorney general for Texas, John Hill, who was a prominent trial lawyer prior to being elected... — Updated 10/19/2021

 
 By Carl Parker    Columnists

Texas Governor Series: Dolph Briscoe

The forty-first governor of Texas was Dolph Briscoe, who served from 1973-1979. Briscoe was a conservative Democrat and was elected at a time when Texas was still a one-party... — Updated 10/12/2021

 

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