B.B. King, the tireless ambassador of blues music, American music in general, and the United States of America in particular, died peacefully in his sleep May 14, 2015, at his home in Las Vegas. He was 89. Born Riley B.
There is a pitched battle still being waged in Austin over the future of Texas education, but it is not a partisan fight per se. It is among competing factions of Republicans in the Legislature, with Democrats relegated largely to the sidelines by GOP majorities in both houses. This is especially true in the Senate where many committee and floor votes are strictly party-line affairs.
The announcement that freshman Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was seeking the GOP presidential nomination was notable for a number of reasons beyond the fact he was the first declared candidate. With several candidates with Texas ties expected to enter the race, the drama will only heighten between now and the Texas primary to be held 11 months from now on March 1, 2016.
The conventional wisdom used to be that cultural trends in the United States emerged on the west or east coasts and spread across the country. In the digital age, social media has consigned that notion to the dustbin of history, with full immersion now taking days or even hours, not weeks or months.
While we harbor no disrespect for the Wall Street Journal who called us “that scrappy little paper from Southeast Texas,” we prefer to think of ourselves as simple seekers of the truth. We’re of the opinion that headlines and sound bites never tell the whole story. Our readers demand all the facts, facets and flavors of every story or event. And, they expect to be informed, educated and stirred to action.