Other Publications II (essays published or written for publication as guest columns/op-ed pieces)



     1. Death Penalty, in practice, just isn't working out ; published in the July 2, 2011 issue of the Austin American-Statesman, (Copyrighted 2011) Click here to view copy.

     2. Together, we can all make a difference; published in the September 24, 2011 issue of the Austin American-Statesman, (Copyrighted 2011) Click here to view copy.

     3. A story, an assumption and an opportunity to learn from it; published in the February 25, 2012 issue of the Austin American-Statesman, (Copyrighted 2012) Click here to view copy.

     4. Partisan elections are not best way to choose judges; published in the January 29, 2015 issue of the Austin American-Statesman, (Copyrighted 2015) Click here to view copy.

     5. Lessons on law from West Africa; published in the April 13, 2015 issue of the Austin American-Statesman, (Copyrighted 2015) Click here to view copy.

     6. Thank those great teachers who shaped best part of us ; published in the June 4, 2015 issue of the Austin American-Statesman, (Copyrighted 2015) Click here to view copy.

     7. Bail bond requirements unfair to inmates, costly to taxpayers ; published in the October 28, 2015 issue of the Austin American-Statesman, (Copyrighted 2015) Click here to view copy.

     8. Addressing mental health key in helping Austin's homeless ; published in the Frebruary 10, 2016 issue of the Austin American-Statesman, (Copyrighted 2016) Click here to view copy.

     9. Are Hispanics in the U. S. a unified voting bloc? ; published in the April 2, 2016 issue of the Austin American-Statesman, (Copyrighted 2016) Click here to view copy.

     10. We've come a long way in fighting racism--but we still have far to go ; published in the May 12, 2016 issue of the Austin American-Statesman, (Copyrighted 2016) Click here to view copy.

      11. Jury system far from perfect, but makes justice system the best ; published in the December 8, 2016 issue of the Austin American-Statesman, (Copyrighted 2016) Click here to view copy.

      12. Trinity site offers visitors a reminder of the horrors of war; published in the December 28, 2016 on-line edition of the Austin American-Statesman (Copyrighted 2016) Click here to view copy.

      13. Misconceptions, rhetoric about judiciary help make it a target; published in the May 14, 2017 edition of the San Antonio Express-News (Copyrighted 2017) Click here to view copy.

      14. No help for those spiraling under law; published in the June 18, 2017 edition of the San Antonio Express-News (Copyrighted 2017) Click here to view copy.

      15. Adversarial system flawed way of finding 'truth'; published in the August 1, 2017 edition of the San Antonio Express-News (Copyrighted 2017) Click here to view copy.

      16. As in the past, today's youth getting bum rap; published in the September 10, 2017 edition of the San Antonio Express-News (Copyrighted 2017) Click here to view copy.

      17. The beginning of the end for the United States?; published in the October 15, 2017 edition of the San Antonio Express-News (Copyrighted 2017) Click here to view copy.

      18. The public's complacency is the new norm; published in the December 3, 2017 edition of the San Antonio Express-News (Copyrighted 2017) Click here to view copy.

      19. Property taxes, bail and drunken driving fees--a triad of unfairness; published in the January 7, 2018 edition of the San Antonio Express-News (Copyrighted 2018) Click here to view copy.

      20. Let those without immigrant origins cast the first stone; published in a shorter version in the April 29, 2018 edition of the San Antonio Express-News (Copyrighted 2018) Click here to view copy.

      21. Unjust civil forfeiture laws turn policing into a for-profit venture; published in a shorter version in the June 3, 2018 edition of the San Antonio Express-News (Copyrighted 2018) Click here to view copy.

      22. Guardians, not warriors: How to get better cops; published in the August 5, 2018 edition of the San Antonio Express-News (Copyrighted 2018) Click here to view copy.

      23. Tired of 'negative' news? Then, why do we prefer it?; published in a slightly shorter version in the September 23, 2018 edition of the San Antonio Express-News (Copyrighted 2018) Click here to view copy.

      PLEASE NOTE: The five commentaries marked by an asterix below were published as a series by the Houston Chronicle in October and November of 2018 to inform and assist the voters of Harris County, Texas (the Houston metropolitan & surrounding area) in voting for the approximately 80 judicial offices on the November 2018 General Election ballot. Each essay stands alone and can be read separately, but the five of them were intended to be read in a series.

      *24. How can we trust our judges when they run in partisan elections?; published on October 20, 2018 in the online edition and on October 21, 2018 in the print edition of the Houston Chronicle (Copyrighted 2018)Click here to view copy.

      *25. Almost every state picks judges by some form of merit selection, often with retention elections. So why does Texas still run judges in partisan elections?; published on November 1, 2018 in the online edition of the Houston Chronicle (Copyrighted 2018)Click here to view copy.

      *26. Confused about the difference between state and federal courts? Read this; published on October 20, 2018 in the online edition of the Houston Chronicle (Copyrighted 2018)Click here to view copy.

      *27. Understand Texas courts to choose the best judges on the November ballot; published on October 20, 2018 in the online edition of the Houston Chronicle (Copyrighted 2018)Click here to view copy.

      *28. Do democracy a favor and research Texas judges before voting; published on October 24, 2018 in the online edition of the Houston Chronicle (Copyrighted 2018)Click here to view copy.

      29. As a nation, we will all pay the price of anger and division; published in a slightly shorter version in the November 3, 2018 online edition and the November 4, 2018 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News and the November 5, 2018 online edition of the Houston Chronicle (Copyrighted 2018) Click here to view copy.

      30. Reset the legal system? It’s not going to happen; published in the January 19, 2019 online editions of the San Antonio Express–News and the Houston Chronicle and the January 20, 2019 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News (Copyrighted 2019) Click here to view copy.

      31. In Texas, Mexican-Americans the 'forgotten dead'; published in the February 23, 2019 online editions of the San Antonio Express–News and the Houston Chronicle and the February 24, 2019 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News (Copyrighted 2019) Click here to view copy.

      32. Sex registry a life sentence for those who pose no risk; published in the April 13, 2019 online editions of the San Antonio Express–News and the Houston Chronicle and the April 14, 2019 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News (Copyrighted 2019) Click here to view copy.

      33. Despite lawyers' pro bono efforts, the justice gap remains; published in the May 23, 2019 online edition of the San Antonio Express–News, the May 25, 2019 online edition of the Houston Chronicle, and the May 24, 2019 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News (Copyrighted 2019) Click here to view copy.

      34. Disparities abound in sentencing in our judicial system; published in the July 6, 2019 online edition of the San Antonio Express–News, the July 7, 2019 online edition of the Houston Chronicle, and the July 7, 2019 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News (Copyrighted 2019) Click here to view copy.

      35. The Story of Virgil Hawkins; published on this website on October 5, 2015 (Copyrighted 2015) Click here to view copy.

      36. Essay on Faith; published on this website on October 5, 2015 (Copyrighted 2015) Click here to view copy.

      37. The Elusiveness of Happiness; published on this website on October 5, 2015 (Copyrighted 2015) Click here to view copy.

      38. The Decline of American Politics; published on this website on October 5, 2015 (Copyrighted 2015) Click here to view copy.

      39. Reflections On Life and the World Around Us; published on this website on March 28, 2018 (Copyrighted 2018) Click here to view copy.