Local Issues Articles

Health partnership responds when parents react to fewer RNs in schools

Austin American-Statesman, October 1, 2017

Since the Gallup Poll began ranking “most trusted professions” in 1999, nurses have placed No. 1 every year with the exception of 2001, when firefighters […]

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Immigrant scapegoating, roundups bear echoes of the Third Reich

Austin American-Statesman, March 7, 2017

When I was a girl, I was captivated by “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.” The aspiring journalist wrote her diary from 1942 […]

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Ann Richards warned us; now we march to protect women’s rights

Houston Chronicle and Austin American-Statesman, January 19, 2017

I’ll be marching in the Texas version of the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21. Why? Because women’s reproductive rights are being taken away, […]

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Officer’s suicide shines light on complexities of mental health

Austin American-Statesman, August 21, 2016

After 32 years of service, the July 25 death of Travis County Deputy Sheriff Sgt. Craig Hutchinson made suicide real to our community at large. […]

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Uber: The case of the fox guarding the henhouse

Unpublished, April 28, 2016

[Author update: Uber and Lyft lost Austin’s May 7 election by a margin of 56 to 44 percent, making national news.]  As a casual observer, it […]

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Planned Parenthood attack has nothing to do with women’s health

Austin American-Statesman, October 25, 2015

Now that Texas has officially alerted Planned Parenthood of their intention to yank Medicaid funding, that decision admittedly based on doctored-up videos taken by stealth […]

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Why local prosecution of crimes by state officials is a bad idea

Austin American-Statesman, June 17, 2015

As Republicans pound their chests trumpeting the success of the 84th legislative session, many of us are left wondering which was the lousiest bill passed. […]

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Vaccines, measles and the retreat from common sense

Austin American-Statesman, February 10, 2015

This thing of American parents refusing to vaccinate their children makes about as much sense to me as countries that don’t educate their female children. […]

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Positives edge out negatives for staying downtown

Austin American-Statesman, December 31, 2014

My last column reflected on the ten years since my husband Ian and I became empty-nesters and moved downtown. I concluded, “despite the year-round drunks, […]

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Downtown blues: Boozers, losers and cellphone users

Austin American-Statesman, December 30, 2014

This year marks the tenth anniversary since my husband Ian and I had three garage sales, sold his truck and downsized into a 1,500 square-foot […]

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