December 8, 2017

Harvey Victims Care Little About Politics or Photo Ops

An Editorial by Jerry Patterson   Victims of natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey soon tire of drive by politicians seeking photo ops and press coverage while those Harvey victims live in hotel rooms and tents, or camp out in the remains of their home. I know, I’ve been there and done that. Growing up on the Texas coast, hurricanes were …

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December 4, 2017

Neglecting the Texas coast is a Category 5 mistake

by JERRY PATTERSON TribTalk May 16, 2016 “Nobody forced those people to move to the coast.” “No protection money for Big Oil’s refineries that destroy the environment!” As both a former coastal Texas senator and as land commissioner, I’ve heard clueless Texans make comments like these for over 20 years. Regrettably, some members of Congress and the Legislature have themselves …

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August 4, 2017

Military is about combat readiness, not social justice

by JERRY PATTERSON A recent column by Lisa L. Moore, a University of Texas professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, and Paige Schilt, UT learning specialist and author of “Queer Rock Love,” is an unconvincing attempt to legitimize service in our armed forces by transgender individuals. Even if I were a proponent of transgender military service, I would ask myself, …

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June 16, 2017

Don’t Like a Reimagined Alamo?
Time to Put Up or Shut Up

Fear is the true enemy, the only enemy. We could cause a diplomatic crisis. Take the ship into the Neutral Zone, you enjoyed that. When has justice ever been as simple as a rule book? Some days you get the bear, and some days the bear gets you. It’s jazz. Now, how do we defeat an enemy that knows us better than we know ourselves

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November 28, 2016

Without Gun Rights, Texans Would Be Serfs, not Citizens

An Editorial by Jerry Patterson Firearms and Texans. Texans and firearms. There are few words in the popular lexicon that go together with greater ease than these. Our history tells us why, and our treasured historical documents remove any doubt. These same documents also rebut the claim by the anti-gun left that the NRA and evil gun manufacturers are to …

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September 17, 2015

Reform the Land Office? Give it a reboot? Really?

by JERRY PATTERSON TribTalkSeptember 17, 2015 In a rare interview with a reporter, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush pushed back against the claim he’s been out of the office a lot campaigning for his dad, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. In and of itself, politicians missing office time for political endeavors isn’t really news – it comes with the …

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July 3, 2015

Confederate statues controversy ignores key historical facts

An Editorial By Jerry Patterson multiple publications nationwide “In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, that slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil in any country.” All Americans would agree with the quote above — and in a moment I’ll have something to say about the man who wrote it. First, …

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July 31, 2014

What history can teach us about the border crisis

by JERRY PATTERSON TribTalk July 31,2014 Human trafficking, rape and murder, illicit smuggling of arms and intoxicants, and a flood of children sent across the Rio Grande seeking safety in Texas — today’s headlines about the border look a lot like the ones Texans were reading 100 years ago. After the beginning of the Mexican Revolution in 1910, lawlessness at …

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