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Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

All content by David Dam

City of Austin should not punish APD Chief Acevedo for his transparency

May 5, 2016

Austin city manager Marc Ott surprised everyone when documents released last week revealed he had punished Austin police chief Art Acevedo for “insubordination.” Ott has come under fire from...


Sales tax holidays are great for those who can afford it, useless for those who can’t

April 22, 2016

In Texas, people don’t like taxes, and any form of tax exemption is good news for everyone. The Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday, which begins on April 23, exempts emergency supplies...


Mental health resources cannot exist without proper access

April 8, 2016

Despite the fact that one in five Americans faced mental health problems in 2014, only 60 percent of U.S. adults with a mental illness received treatment, and measures to address inadequate services and...

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Future of Austin transportation speeds toward innovation

March 25, 2016

Austin’s heavy traffic problems are hardly addressed well. To ease traffic for President Obama’s visit at the start of South By Southwest, non-essential City employees were allowed to leave...


New Facebook Reactions deserve ‘likes,’ not ‘sads’

March 7, 2016

Editor's note: This column appears in a point-counterpoint regarding Facebook's new "Reactions." Read this column's corresponding counterpoint here. Facebook has over one...


Live Music Capital needs more local music

March 4, 2016

The City of Austin champions itself as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” touting popular national events such as the two weekends of Austin City Limits or next week’s annual South...


Anti-police brutality is not anti-police

February 19, 2016

Police brutality is not a recent occurrence. It has been a decades-long problem for minorities — especially black individuals — and has once again captured the attention of the entire country,...


Do we need more media coverage in Iowa?

February 1, 2016

Outside of corn production, Iowa dominates headlines for a brief moment at the beginning of the presidential primaries. That time is coming around again when Iowa caucus-goers mobilize Monday evening to...


Misleading rhetoric contributes to violence against Planned Parenthood

December 4, 2015

When The Center for Medical Progress released heavily edited, misleading videos regarding Planned Parenthood’s alleged selling of aborted baby parts on July 14, Republicans pounced on this controversy,...


Society should embrace student activism, free exchange of ideas

November 20, 2015

For the past few weeks, students at over 100 colleges and universities organized protests calling for racial and social reforms, notably sparked by protests at the University of Missouri. Other nationwide...


Despite better economic conditions, college students face financial uncertainties

November 6, 2015

Congress passed the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013 that pegs the interest rates of federal student loans to 10-year Treasury note yields, a market-based rate. The interest rate for the duration...


Rise in pedestrian traffic fatalities signals need for emphasis on safe roadways

October 11, 2015

Austin’s roads have seen 81 deaths in 2015. This number is on track to be one of the deadliest years for traffic deaths in the city’s history. More troubling is the number of pedestrian tragedies...


Students can help bridge the education gap of English Learner Students

September 25, 2015

Austin welcomed students from more than 70 countries this semester to UT, strengthening the city’s growing trend of diversity. However, Austin’s growth has created inadequacies in public education...


Low voter turnout limits youth voices, but they still matter in elections

September 8, 2015

The 2016 presidential election is going viral. Candidates, vying for the youth vote, are targeting social media sites such as Instagram to reach out to younger voters. But while social media is overwhelmingly...

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