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Pension Reform Bill, and the Confederate Flag as Art: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of the News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in on […]

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Should We Destroy Symbols of Hate or Preserve Them as History?

Posted on · A federal jury recently (Jan. 10, 2017) determined Dylann Roof should be sentenced to death for killing nine African Americans in an historic black church in Charleston, S.C. in 2015. After the shooting, political leaders in South Carolina and Alabama responded by removing the Confederate battle flag from their state capitol buildings. Of course, there’s long […]

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Freedmen’s Town Bricks, and East End Development: Tuesday’s Show (January 24, 2017)

Posted on · For the second time, the Freedmen’s Town bricks were ripped up by city contractors, despite explicit instructions from the city not to disturb the bricks. So why does this keeping happening? What can the neighborhood do to preserve what’s left of these bricks? What more can the city do, when Mayor Sylvester Turner has already […]

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How Have Conversations About Race Changed in Houston?

Posted on · This past Friday morning, Dallas police received reports a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in a park named for him had been vandalized. Someone spray-painted the word “shame” on the base of the statue. The incident came two weeks after protesters gathered in the park to hold an “undedication” ceremony. And it was reported […]

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What Should Become of Confederate Symbols In Houston?

Posted on · After the fatal church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, there has been a nationwide debate over not just the Confederate flag, but other symbols of the old South, including some monuments dedicated to the Confederacy here in Houston. News 88.7’s Florian Martin asks Houstonians what should become of these symbols in Greater Houston. (Above: The “Spirit […]

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Taxes, Confederate Symbols and Cat-Killing Vet: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From Houstonians identifying solutions to traffic problems but not wanting to pay for them, to the UT Austin campus joining the growing cacophony in opposition to Confederate statues and symbols, to a Brenham veterinarian not facing charges after allegedly boasting on Facebook she shot a cat through the head with an arrow: we discuss The Good, The […]

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Should Houston Schools Named After Confederate Figures Change Their Names?

Posted on · Earlier this year, HISD unveiled new mascots at four district schools, as part of a policy banning mascots deemed culturally offensive. But it’s not just mascots that can offend some Houstonians. Some question whether schools here should be named after figures from Confederate history – examples include Lee High School, named after General Robert E. Lee. […]

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Confederate Names and Symbols and Your Dental Questions: Houston Matters for Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Posted on · Earlier this year, HISD unveiled new mascots at four district schools, as part of a policy banning mascots deemed culturally offensive. But it’s not just mascots that can offend some Houstonians. Some question whether schools here should be named after figures from Confederate history – examples include Lee High School, named after General Robert E. […]

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Affirmative Action, Confederate License Plates & Gov. Perry’s Boots: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From an appeals court ruling in favor of the University of Texas in an affirmative action lawsuit, to a ruling that favored a group wanting Texas to issue license plates that depict the Confederate flag, to Gov. Perry trading in his cowboy boots for more comfortable shoes: it’s The Good The Bad and The Ugly of […]