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Marsha Jackson Wants to Move Shingle Mountain
ON HOT, HUMID DAYS, WHEN THE wind blows over Shingle Mountain, Marsha Jackson can’t breathe. For three years, a company called Blue Star Recycling has been dumping hundreds of tons of roof shingles in the lot next to her home and grinding them up int
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The Work Is All of Us
FERNANDO RAMOS ARRIVES LATE TO the community center, wheels in, and picks up a guitar, joining his voice with the others: Entre tus manos, está mi vida, Señor. From his wheelchair, Noé Ramirez directs the group. Francisco “Pancho” Argüelles strums a
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In Early Fall
The angle is just right. The midmorning light makes the windows shine from across the street and brightens the curves of bottles on the shelves. We are still new-enough awakened from darkness that we are relieved to realize the growing warmth, the wa
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The Texas Observer
VOLUME 112, NO. 5 FOUNDING EDITOR Ronnie Dugger EDITOR Tristan Ahtone EXECUTIVE EDITOR Megan Kimble ASSOCIATE EDITORS Christopher Collins, Sophie Novack DIGITAL EDITOR Sunny Sone SENIOR REPORTER AND EDITOR Lise Olsen STAFF WRITERS Amal Ahmed, Michael
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Eye On Texas
THE BLACK YEARBOOK IS A FINE-ART PIECE THAT CONSISTS OF MORE THAN 200 IMAGES AND 50 interviews with Black students at the University of Texas at Austin. On a campus of 52,000 students, only 4 percent are Black. The Black student population has flatli
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Dialogue
I’d like to thank the Texas Observer for the article by Isabela Dias (“Telehealth Could Be Great, if Texans Had Access to It,” July 16, texasobserver.org). Folks living in rural areas of our state lack access to mental health services, including tele
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Political Intelligence
ONE HUNDRED MILES SOUTHEAST OF GALVESTON’S muddy shoreline, the Gulf of Mexico becomes a dazzling, vibrant blue. Deep below the surface, salt domes protrude from the seafloor and some of the healthiest coral reefs in the world have formed on them, ma
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Trivia Texas
In June, a Texas Tech architecture professor posted on Facebook calling for the city of Lubbock to change its name. The city is named for Thomas Saltus Lubbock, who joined the Confederate Army and fought to uphold slavery from 1861 to 1862. Which of
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Texas Tally
Democrats turned out to vote in record numbers for the primary runoff election in July, despite the ongoing pandemic. Nearly 956,000 Texans voted in the Democratic contests, more than twice the number of voters in the party’s 2018 gubernatorial runof
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Texas Observed
THIS SPRING, IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN, MY family joined thousands of other Houstonians in taking advantage of the car-free streets to go for long bike rides. It was surreal. Streets in Houston are for cars, not people, and yet there
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Strangest State
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Editorial
LIKE OTHER TRIBAL NATIONS ON THE Plains, the Kiowa Tribe, my tribe, created pictorial records of important events, stories, and people. The accounts, known as sai-guat, can be translated as “calendars.” In many calendars, disease and epidemics are gr
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Reform Versus Rebuild
THE UPRISING SPARKED BY THE POLICE KILLING OF George Floyd on May 25 has pushed the debate around public safety into territory that would have seemed unthinkable in Texas just months ago. Howard Henderson, director of the Center for Justice Research
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The Wasteland Underwater
A special investigation from the Texas Observer & InsideClimate News Just after dawn on a hot, clear summer morning, Myron “Buster” Spree and his friends eased their flat-bottom fishing boat away from the public pier in Point Comfort and steered into
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No Place To Be
DATE SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 PAGE 21 The years living on the street showed in Alvin Sanderson’s weatherworn face as he approached the microphone at Austin City Hall last June. His bleach-white hair combed neatly back, the 64-year-old had come to urge
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PORTRAITS Of The PANDEMIC
NEARLY SIX MONTHS INTO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, MORE THAN HALF a million Texans have been infected. As of mid-August, more than 9,000 had died. Total cases and deaths more than doubled from July to August. For several weeks this summer, hospitalization
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A Monumental Undertaking
THE PARTY DEMETRIA MCFARLAND’S family throws every Juneteenth is so big they usually need at least three trailer-size smokers to cook enough food for everyone. McFarland’s brother-in-law invites extended family each year to his home in the rural East
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The Texas Observer
VOLUME 112, NO. 4 FOUNDING EDITOR Ronnie Dugger EDITOR Tristan Ahtone EXECUTIVE EDITOR Megan Kimble ASSOCIATE EDITORS Christopher Collins, Sophie Novack ENGAGEMENT EDITOR Sunny Sone SENIOR REPORTER AND EDITOR Lise Olsen STAFF WRITERS Michael Barajas,
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Open and Shut
FIRST, SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST WAS CANceled, the canary in the quarantine coal mine. In 2019, the conference had an estimated $356 million impact on Austin’s economy, but with more than 400,000 attendees poised to gather in Central Austin, and with COVID-
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Dialogue
I agree that maligning the suburbs (“Rocking the Suburbs” March|April issue) is wrong, but as a development model, I don’t think they’re sustainable. Higher density is the future. City life may be expensive, but cities generate the bulk of the tax re
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Shadow And Tail
Wildflowers bleed yellow and scarlet along the interstate,the sky opens its staring eyes. All is gooduntil the squirrel jumps across the road,and we feel that body’s soft fistunder one wheel. Then the next. A decidedlycompact and visceral death. Next
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Political Intelligence
APPRECIATION PAY. PROUD PAY. SERVICE PAY. THE kaleidoscope of PR names all amount to one thing: a small raise for the poorly paid food retail workers who risk their lives so the rest of us can eat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now—as infections persi
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Eye On Texas
STARTING IN LATE MAY, A WAVE OF PROTESTS SWEPT across Texas cities to oppose police brutality and systemic racism, a response in part to the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man and Houston native, was killed wh
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Trivia Texas
On May 26, the New York Times published a story about how COVID-19 has exacerbated food insecurity in San Antonio, where thousands of people form long lines each day at the San Antonio Food Bank. But the newspaper erroneously described San Antonio as
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Texas Tally
An estimated 1.6 million Texans have lost their employer-sponsored health coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic. About 30,000 of those newly uninsured would be eligible for Medicaid if Texas—which already has the highest uninsured rate in the country
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Texas Observed
MAYBE YOU HEARD IT WHEN GOVERNOR GREG abbott critiqued local officials who enforced his pandemic executive orders. Or maybe it was when U.S. Senator John Cornyn said he would support a hypothetical vote on a Supreme Court nominee after spending 2016
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Strangest State
LUBBOCK // Retired flight attendant Leslie Fylling wanted to move to Lubbock. But when she found her dream house, COVID-19 had made traveling to the city to see it in person untenable. Instead, she arranged to view the house via FaceTime, purchasing
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Editorial
WHEN I WAS 20, I WAS arrested by the Houston Police Department. I had taken broken pieces of Sheetrock from a trash pile at a construction site to patch holes in the walls of the house where I lived; it was winter and the dilapidated house my friends
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Science vs. Politics
DALLAS COUNTY JUDGE CLAY JENKINS WAS THE FIRST Texas official to declare a stay-at-home order for COVID-19 in March—more than a week before Governor Greg Abbott issued a similar statewide measure. This isn’t the first time Jenkins has navigated a maj
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Neglected in Care
IN JANUARY 2017, ROSALIE DOWNING WAS ADMITTED TO MOUNTAIN View Health & Rehabilitation, a low-slung nursing home with four wings in El Paso’s Golden Hill neighborhood. Rosalie had kidney disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. She used a wheelcha
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