A woman has the right to determine when and whether she will bear a child. That right – first established by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade in 1973 – was reaffirmed on Monday when the court struck down a law that placed obstacles in front of Texas women who wanted to get an abortion.
The discovery of gold in California 168 years ago ignited a fabled rush of gold seekers from every corner of the globe. Those who sought gold usually failed. The big money was made by those who catered to miners’ needs and desires.
Clearly livid with Democrats for wresting control of the floor (literally) of the U.S. House with a sit-in over gun laws, Speaker Paul Ryan found himself fuming behind a bank of microphones Thursday morning.
Pedaling past Luther Burbank Elementary School on East Alexander regularly, I observed its unfolding recent construction. I thought the rough digging of its adjacent field meant students would realize direct benefits to their education: A new stellar gymnasium to promote health fitness? State-of-the-art cafeteria kitchen facility? Permanent new classrooms to alleviate future student crowding? Perhaps, preparing the field for students to plant a community garden and learn local agricultural production from field to table?
Journalist Austin Tice was taken hostage in Syria in August 2012. His parents, Marc and Debra Tice, of Houston have united on the anniversary of President Obama’s hostage directive with the families of other American hostages to make this appeal to Obama.