Texas Feuds flourished on the lawless frontier: The Regulators and the Moderators and The Mason County War.

On Nov. 13, 1843, Peter Whetstone walked from a store located on the square in Marshall, Texas and met his death. Whetstone donated the land Marshall was built on. Didn’t help. A “Regulator” leader who believed Whetstone was a “Moderator,” followed him outside and shot him in the back. Whetstone–one of my multiple-great uncles–entered the record book. The Regulator–Moderator feud was the bloodiest in American history and Whetstone was one of the victims. Most Americans have heard about the feud between the Hatfields and the McCoy’s. Only ten men were killed in the Kentucky shootouts. More than thirty men were […]

The Niceties of Texas

I made the move from The Panhandle to The Hill Country 15 years ago. The difference was astounding! I remember the first time I was driving down the highway and someone pulled over to let me pass. I had never seen this before and I knew I had found my new home. The people of Central Texas were the friendliest group of people I had ever encountered. When you walked into a convenience store to get a coke, you were greeted by whatever clerk happened to be on duty that day. It didn’t matter what they were doing, they stopped to say “hi”, “good morning”, or “how are you?”, but that was 15 years ago.

Big Trees Have Emotional Benefits

by Boyd Taylor . There is finally an explanation why people who live in older neighborhoods with large trees have less stress than those in new subdivisions, and it is not because people in the older areas tend to be wealthier and their neighborhoods more expensive. A City of Austin arborist says big trees have emotional benefits. He says there is less neighborhood stress when big trees are around. .Council will consider a program at its next meeting to bus residents from small-tree areas into big-tree neighborhoods for therapy sessions. “There will be individual and group therapy sessions, including tree-hugging […]


By Peggy Venable . CSCOPE is among the most controversial topics in the Lone Star State. Surprisingly, many Texans have never heard of it. . CSCOPE is a curriculum management system that has been sold to more than 850 Texas public, private and charter schools. It was developed by a division of the Texas Education Agency, which went to great lengths to avoid public oversight over the process. Directors of the agency’s regional Education Service Centers created a nonprofit shell organization called the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative, which exists in name only, and made themselves directors of this […]


by Julia Robb . Sam Houston told us not to do it. And Houston was the sitting governor when he opposed Texas joining the Confederacy, as well as hero of San Jacinto, twice President of the Republic of Texas and a former U.S. (TX) senator. Joining the Confederacy would ruin the state, Houston warned, then ordered Texan Rangers to guard the federal arsenal in San Antonio. Texas secession leaders, Houston said, should “learn to respect and support one government before they talk of starting another.” Texas didn’t listen. In February, 1861, the state legislature appointed a special Texas “Secession Convention” […]

When Are We Going to Forgive?

by Julia Robb I’ve been writing about Texas history for the Heart of Texas Blog because it’s important for Texans to know how the past shaped our culture. If you stick with me in the coming weeks, I’ll tell you all I can about the good, the bad and the ugly. In the meantime, I’m a little discouraged because some readers are taking up the old fights. Rather than picking up a gun, or a fist, however, they’re verbally slugging it out It’s not just one side. Some Hispanics are angry with Anglos for taking Texas away from Mexico and […]

“Dead Last” – The Label That Plagues Public Education in Texas

  Every day, seemingly without exception, somebody from inside or outside of Texas sends me a message or posts to our FaceBook page the so-called “fact” that Texas is dead last in education and we need to “stop bragging” until we get that fixed. Of course “education” is a broad term, and it is never elaborated upon. Is that test scores? High School graduations? SAT/ACT test scores? I decided to investigate for myself. Here is what I found; below I will explain where their numbers come from and why Texas is still the greatest state in the nation regardless of […]

Texas and the Comanche Nation

by Julia Robb Matilda Lockhart’s nose may not have started the Comanche wars in Texas, but it’s fair to say the condition of Matilda’s nose escalated the Comanche war from skirmishes to a furnace of death and destruction. And the Comanche wars created Texas culture. If we are a tough-minded people, it’s because Texans fought the Comanche for more than 35 years. Briefly, here’s what happened. Comanches raided in Texas from the time settlers began arriving in the 1820’s, but it wasn’t full-blown warfare. Then in March, 1840, Penateka Comanche leaders said they wanted peace. (Comanche bands included, among others, […]

CSCOPE: The illusion of helping Texas school children

by Alice Linahan On Monday evening in Carthage, Texas, the ladies of WomenOnTheWall.org were invited to a symposium to discover what is behind CSCOPE, an online technology curriculum that is in 75% of school districts in the state of Texas. What was uncovered is that CSCOPE has major issues from who is behind it, how it was implemented and the fact that it is not helping districts who are struggling with failing students. CSCOPE is without a doubt connected to the Common Core philosophy of education that is being forced on 45 states across the country. It was clearly shown […]

Parents told to pay to see CSCOPE

Controversy over Texas program that described Tea Party as terror escalates by John Griffing   A controversial school curriculum management system in Texas that once included a description of the Boston Tea Party as terror, and has referenced Islamic terrorists as freedom fighters, now has been found to be trying to charge parents hundreds of dollars to see the instructional materials being used by their own children, officials said. However, under Texas Education Code Chapter 26, all parents have the undisputed right to see any and all instructional materials used in state classrooms. The program is CSCOPE, and Amy Zimmerman, […]

Why I Oppose the Internet Tax Bill

by Senator Ted Cruz . Basic tenets of economics dictate that when you tax something, you get less of it. That’s why it’s incomprehensible that the U.S. Senate is moving to raise taxes on one of the brightest sectors of our struggling economy. . The Internet is a thriving ecosystem of entrepreneurial freedom that should be protected and nourished. It has allowed new businesses to compete in the national marketplace in ways that would have been impossible 15 years ago, and it empowers consumer choice. But tax-hungry politicians view the Internet as yet another source of revenue to bail out […]

Admiral Chester Nimitz at Pearl Harbor

Really interesting, and I never knew this little bit of history: . Tour boats ferry people out to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii every thirty minutes. We just missed a ferry and had to wait thirty minutes. I went into a small gift shop to kill time. In the gift shop, I purchased a small book entitled, “Reflections on Pearl Harbor ” by Admiral Chester Nimitz. . . by Amy Rutherford-Close (Nimitz Foundation) . Sunday, December 7th, 1941–Admiral Chester Nimitz was attending a concert in Washington D.C. He was paged and told there was a phone call for him. […]

My dear fellow Texans: A personal letter to everyone who reads this website

by Julia Robb I’m writing this message to you in the form of a letter because it is very personal to me. My blog, “The Real Reason Texas Rebelled Against Mexico,” was printed yesterday in the Heart of Texas Blog. In the last paragraph, I wrote Hispanic Texans fought with Anglo Texans against dictator Santa Anna and his army. I should have put that paragraph at the beginning of my piece because some Hispanic Texans did not read the entire blog and their feelings were hurt. They thought I was attacking them, rather than Santa Anna and his government. I […]