Like millions of Americans, I will spend much of the next three days glued to the TV, watching some of the best professional and college football teams slug it out on the gridiron. But I’m pretty sure my favorite football moment of the season has already taken place – a highlight you don’t have to love football, or sports at all, to appreciate.
Earlier this week, I had the honor of testifying before the Texas House Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness, and I would like to share some of what I said with you there.
Public universities play an absolutely critical role in our state’s continuing economic dynamism. Every Texan, whether or not they ever set foot on a university or community college campus, benefits from an educated citizenry and the innovations that flow from those institutions.
Veterans Day is tomorrow, and if you have the time and inclination, I want to encourage you to visit Voices of Veterans, an oral history program designed and run by the Texas General Land Office.
In light of recent events, I would like to once again share some thoughts on what I consider two essential pillars of our society – the First Amendment and the American flag.
Like all who served in the military, I believe that First Amendment rights are the foundation of this great country. In fact, the military officer’s oath requires each man and woman to swear that they will “support and defend the constitution of the United States.” All Americans should have the right to protest their concerns.
Throughout my life and career, anything I may have achieved can be attributed to lessons instilled in me by my teachers – from kindergarten all the way through college. From the pre-med and accounting professors who gently convinced me those fields were not a good fit for me, to the journalism professors who welcomed me, and taught me how to gather facts, organize and present my thoughts.