Drawn from the weekly opinion pieces of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Don Erler's, Lone Star State of Mind presents an intelligent and principled analysis of life in these new-fangled times. Ranging across subjects, from the narrowly political to the broadly scientific and philosophical, the 106 essays collected in this single volume testify to a writer with a lively curiosity and a steady civic-mindedness. Unifying themes on the need for a vigorous defense of popular government and the benefits of capitalism are interwoven with discussions of censorship, abortion, terrorism, capital punishment, and education. Don Erler's musings on subjects of great concern to the decent citizen reveal a man alert to the both the accomplishments and deficiencies of his community. One finds, within the pages of this work, a fiercely independently-minded columnist who blends everyday old-fashioned commonsense with the lessons learnt in academia and business, and an American who firmly believes that 'truth remains the best armament for citizens of our democratic republic.'
Don Erler is a contributing columnist to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and a Texas businessman. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Dallas and taught at Assumption College for six years.
Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Introduction Part 3 Political Leaders and Public Policy Chapter 4 Thinkers, Statesmen, and Self-Government Chapter 5 Nitty-Gritty Issues Chapter 6 Race and Gender Equality Chapter 7 America's Political Economy Chapter 8 Constitutional Rights and Duties Part 9 Nature's Design and America's Republic Chapter 10 The Natural and the Political Chapter 11 Science, God, and the Public Square Chapter 12 Families and Training the Young Chapter 13 Censorship and the Arts Chapter 14 Constitutional Law and Judicial Fiat Part 15 Epilogue