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ALCOHOL & ADDICTION

CHURCH & STATE

EDUCATION

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

GAMBLING

HEALTH

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

HUNGER & POVERTY

IMMIGRATION

PAYDAY LENDING

VOTER ID

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Baptist ethicist David Gushee, writing at the Huffington Post, has laid out 12 proposals for action in the wake of the latest “American massacre.” Why has he done this? Full Story »

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Our president has asked us some straightforward questions.

“Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm? Full Story »

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What is it like to be a firefighter? There is no clear answer because each one of us who has chosen this profession has done so for different and diverse reasons. Many get into it for the money or job security, some for the excitement. Some want to help people and serve their community. Some simply just stumble into it not knowing why or what they are looking for. Full Story »

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(This is the final guest blog post by Leah Gonzalez, a master’s degree student in social work at the University of Texas in Austin.)

Just like there are individuals behind each story of extraordinary debt caused by payday and auto title loan, individuals make up the industry, as well.  It wouldn’t be fair to disregard what members of the payday and auto title loan industry have said in defense of their business. Full Story »

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(This is a guest blog post by Leah Gonzalez, a master’s degree student in social work at the University of Texas in Austin and a graduate of Howard Payne University.)

Several states have banned payday and auto title lending. At the end of July 2010 Arizona joined these ranks – kind of. It’s true; in 2010 Arizona enforced “Operation Sunset,” which made it illegal to provide a payday loan. Part of this operation includes a limit of 36 percent interest on other consumer loans. Research from the Arizona Attorney General concluded that these protective measures would benefit Arizona consumers by outlawing these risky lending practices.  Full Story »

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We Texans are diverse people, belonging to groups of all types. When we look a little closer this Christmas, we’ll see another group among us – we might call them the modern-day shepherds. These men and women are faithfully working around the clock, caring for us even as the holidays come and go. They are the doctors and nurses, fire fighters and police officers. Full Story »