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None ranked among Billboard magazine’s top 10 artists for 2013, but commentator David Okamoto says the year was unique for Texas musicians, established and new.

Their services usually come at a cost. But commentator and attorney William Holston says National Pro Bono week (Oct. 20-26) reminds us lawyers also put in many hours on a volunteer basis.

The Day Kennedy Died In Dallas

Oct 15, 2013

As the world acknowledges the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination in Dallas, commentator Rawlins Gilliland shares his memory of a thrilling day that turned tragic.

Many of us grow up sharing a home with sisters and brothers, but commentator Rawlins Gilliland says it sometimes seems the only thing we have in common is our parents.

Katrina Evacuees: There's Still No Place Like Home

Aug 29, 2013

Eight years ago this month, Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed New Orleans. Commentator Rosalyn Story recently returned with friends to find a city vibrant, and full of energy. But she says some who settled in North Texas have no desire to live in New Orleans again.

Here's To The Class of '63

Aug 20, 2013

Millions of American students are returning to school this time of year. Commentator Rawlins Gilliland will be among them, 50 years after graduation from his North Dallas High School.

The Poet Who Knew George Wallace

Jul 23, 2013

50 years ago, then-Alabama Governor George Wallace pledged "segregation forever!" He later did just the opposite, and commentator Rawlins Gilliland was there to witness some of the change.

Memories Of Mandela

Jul 18, 2013

Volunteers across North Texas will help observe Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday with the 67 Minutes project – a minute of public service for every year the Nobel laureate’s spent as a human rights lawyer, prisoner, peacemaker and as South Africa’s first democratically elected president. Commentator Lee Cullum shares memories of meeting Mandela a year before he won the position.

American Freedom Through An Immigrant's Eyes

Jul 3, 2013

As a lawyer for Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, William Holston has represented immigrants to this country since 1999. He explains in this commentary how immigrants have helped him see our country’s freedoms with fresh perspective.

What You Need To Know About Alzheimer's

Jun 28, 2013
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More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer's Disease, but recognizing it can be difficult at first as commentator Pamela Ice found out.

Moonstruck With Poetic Passions

Jun 18, 2013

The Summer Solstice on June 21 celebrates the year’s longest day.  But commentator Rawlins Gilliland says he longs for life after dark.

American retailers have refused to join an international plan to improve safety conditions at garment factories in Bangladesh. That includes Walmart. Thinking back to a meeting this past winter, the retail giant's stance came as no surprise to commentator Lee Cullum.

Commentary: A Cottage For Sale

May 21, 2013

While many of us think the world of drugs is a foreign war, commentator Rawlins Gilliland says the heavy combat hits close to home.

Defining Love And Marriage

Apr 18, 2013

While many Americans question the definition of marriage, commentator Rawlins Gilliland says there’s no question how he defines love.  

As Britain's "Iron Lady" was laid to rest Wednesday, commentator Lee Cullum looked back on her personal encounters with former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Optics: Shedding Light On What We Shouldn't See

Apr 8, 2013

Trends in media-speak come and go. Commentator Paula LaRocque's ready to say goodbye to one in particular.

Horsemeat: The Yuck Factor

Mar 21, 2013

The current scandal in Europe over the discovery of horsemeat in beef lasagna products reminded commentator Diane Brown of an incident at a restaurant in Switzerland a few years ago

The Before And After Club

Mar 19, 2013

In life, we can expect to bury a parent, suffer a job loss or a failed marriage.  But commentator Rawlins Gilliland ponders when something that only happens to ‘other people’ happens to us. 

The Power Of The Simile

Mar 15, 2013

  

Dependable as a  dictionary, commentator Paula LaRocque explores the power of the simile.

America's Next "Greatest Generation?"

Feb 19, 2013

While many question the future of the American dream, commentator Rawlins Gilliland reflects on how he believes our newest generations will rank as its guardians.

Gun Control: What Are You Willing To Give Up?

Feb 12, 2013

Recent mass shootings have brought calls for new gun laws and other efforts to curb violence.  Commentator Chris Tucker says that one defining aspect of American culture will make such changes very difficult.

Depression: A Glimpse Inside

Jan 15, 2013

Most of us are reluctant to acknowledge personal issues regarding mental health, but commentator Rawlins Gilliland believes denial is a grave concern.

Ruckus Raisers: Texas Music Top 10 Of 2012

Dec 31, 2012
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David Okamoto takes his  annual year-end look at the best music stemming from Texas, and once again, it's a mixed bag.

Homeless For The Holidays

Dec 18, 2012

While holiday traditions celebrate family and friends, commentator Rawlins Gilliland shares how Christmas became the catalyst for him to reach a mentally lost and homeless soul.

With the Election Day a month behind us, there will be fewer chances to hear some words and phrases commentator Paula LaRocque would probably prefer never to hear again.

The Critical Thinking Crisis

Nov 7, 2012

You'd think someone who earns admission into college is ready to handle the work they are assigned. But commentator Stephen Whitley doesn't agree.

Today’s theoretical advancements are profound but commentator Rawlins Gilliland suggests that historic precedent is a sobering remembrance of things past.

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Commentator Chris Tucker has some thoughts on a new book that helps to explain why we believe, argue, and vote as we do.

January’s usually the month for pointing ourselves in a new or better direction – which in turn prompted this commentary from Paula LaRocque.

Our state has generated a long history of remarkable women and seventh-generation Texan Rawlins Gilliland says they’ve fascinated him throughout his life.

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