Very nice approach to the subject Bill. You didn't call anyone names. Now we know why you're no longer working for a Dallas newspaper -- you aren't willing to follow the program. Kudos.
That said, I'll ask all those who say with no ill will intended -- that "Texas independence can't happen" one simple question: Why not? Texas has everything it needs for nationhood -- and as demonstrated amply by some of the commentary I've seen of late, the other states really don't want us to hang around.
How about this solution: grant statehood to Puerto Rico, we'll leave, and y'all won't have to change the flag. We'll still be allies and trading partners.