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Samian Quazi, a nursing graduate student, is a native of Houston.
Rebuilding the holidays
November 29, 2011
More than 1,000 Bastrop children could be spending this Christmas without any new toys.
Mayor's second term seems likely
November 22, 2011
Although the mayor deserves praise for his sensible environmental policies, his initiatives on transportation have fallen short of expectations.
The questionable value of arts programs
November 15, 2011
Pablo Picasso: Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
Inflate grades in STEM programs
November 8, 2011
By not adjusting their grading policies, STEM programs ultimately hurt themselves as well the future of the American economy.
Republicans drawing groans on student loans
November 1, 2011
Student loan reform should be a top priority for government, and Republican candidates should face scrutiny on their proposals.
City Council promotes vigilantism
October 25, 2011
Austin City Council's plan to integrate the public into the reporting of illegally parked vehicles may lead to false reports.
Abortion sign ordinance doomed in courts
October 18, 2011
The ordinance was intended to clear confusion to crisis pregnancy centers’ visitors who may be unsure of the services these centers offer.
Occupy Austin trickles down to students
October 11, 2011
Austin and UT should stand behind the protests, for us and for our futures.
UT student faces espionage charges
October 3, 2011
Omid Kokabee, who had been studying optics as a first-year graduate student in the UT physics department, is scheduled to face espionage charges. Kokabee stands accused of leaking Iranian nuclear secrets to the American government.
New ID law safeguards voting
September 27, 2011
Democratic and civil rights organizations’ fears over this new law are overblown.
Enact paid sick leave in Austin
September 22, 2011
Sick leave is a hot political issue debated nationwide, and the blockbuster hit “Contagion” has only fueled the debate.
Avoid immigration, Perry
September 20, 2011
The issue is particularly dicey, as his record has certainly lacked the ideological purity espoused by his rivals.
Out of the Capitol, into the fire
September 11, 2011
Last week’s fires in Bastrop and other parts of Texas rank among the most destructive in our state’s history, but how has our state government reacted?
September 1, 2011
All the Pollyannaish analyses of the Texas economy fail to address one simple question: Are Texans themselves filling all these new jobs?
Austin's first medical school
August 28, 2011
Austin’s national stature as one of the fastest growing cities makes UT’s lack of a medical school all the more glaring.
Protecting against payday lenders
August 25, 2011
After a summer tussling over plastic bag bans and parking meter hours, the City Council seemed unwavering in its willingness to impose onerous restrictions on Austin businesses.
Perry flip-flops on social policies
August 7, 2011
Conservatism only afforded Perry a choice between the incoherent and the extreme.
A sound science curriculum
July 31, 2011
The State Board of Education unanimously voted on July 22 to approve supplemental school materials that upheld evolution in the middle school curriculum.
New parking fees threaten Austin growth
July 24, 2011
After voting in early March to impose metered parking rules after 5:30 p.m., the Austin City Council has recently decided to reconsider extending the parking hours.
Spare Stroman for my identity
July 17, 2011
On July 20, Texas is scheduled to carry out the death penalty against Mark Stroman. One of his victims, Bangladeshi immigrant Rais Bhuiyan, has garnered international headlines by calling for Stroman’s life to be spared.
A case for Wendy Davis
July 13, 2011
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, offers a compelling personal background and political acumen that resonates with moderate and conservative Texas voters. A voice in the wilderness, Davis is the only Democrat capable of capturing retiring U.S. Senator Kay Hutchison’s seat.
Confederate plates: An utter disgrace
July 4, 2011
Texas motorists may soon be able to sport a license plate with a Confederate flag logo if the Department of Motor Vehicles approves it this fall.
An embarrassing distraction
June 26, 2011
Last week, Gov. Rick Perry signed into law a bill that overrides a federal mandate phasing out incandescent lightbulbs. Flying in the face of constitutional authority and judicial precedent, the legislation only scores cheap political points at the expense of solving real problems.