2nd Thought

Today Libya, Tomorrow Syria?

There’s a bigger picture to consider.
Gwynne Dyer
Last Friday saw the first nationwide protests against the Baath regime in Syria. If these protests develop into a full-scale revolt, the regime’s response may dwarf that of Col. Muammar Qaddafi in Libya.  


The Emperor’s New Budget

Maybe Perry’s school didn’t have money to teach math.
DAVE McNEELY
It’s time for the state to tighten its belt, wrote Talmadge Heflin, former chair of the Appropriations Committee of the Texas House of Representatives, back in February.



Chilling Effect

The form a woman must sign before getting an abortion is almost enough by itself to stop her.
DAVE McNEELY
As part of his continuing effort to deter women from having abortions, Republican State Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston has gotten the Texas Senate to agree to require that sonograms be performed and shown to all pregnant woman see...


An Immodest Proposal

Think about this one: drug thugs as la migra.
E. R. BILLS
Tell me if this sounds familiar. The U.S. trains another country’s paramilitary forces to wage war against American enemies. Those forces do fight U.S. enemies but later change sides to become a different, perhaps greater men...



Tell a Joke for Sam

Longtime Texas newsman and Fort Worth native Sam Kinch Jr. wanted no flowers, just his own frank obit.
DAVE McNEELY
Sam Kinch Jr., among the finest Texas political reporters ever, died Feb. 1. On Feb. 18, he would have been 71. Sam earned a reputation during his 40-year career for tenacious journalism, working on behind-the-scenes stories th...


A Different Playing Field

While Super Bowl fans cheered, protesters on the other side of the world fought the real battle.
GRAYSON HARPER
Well, here we are in the greatest country in the world. The snow melted just in time for the massed mobs to watch the gladiators have a go at each other. Tickets, as of Sunday morning, were going for between $3,500 and $20,000....



Fort Worth, Pa.

As black and gold descend upon Fort Worth, a native Pittsburgher assesses the pluses — and minuses.
ANTHONY MARIANI
For the big Super Bowl matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers, the AFC representatives, the Steelers, will be staying in Fort Worth, at the Omni Hotel-Fort Worth specifically, which means that we will be ...


Tucson Close to Home

The lack of mental health services is a time bomb everywhere.
SHARI JULIAN
When I heard the news of the Tucson shootings on Jan. 8, I thought immediately about how close Fort Worth had come to similar unhinged violence only two days earlier, though few besides me and some frightened neighbors knew abo...



You’re in the Gummint Now

An open letter to freshman legislators.
DAVE MCNEELY
Dear freshman Texas legislators: Welcome, you 37 new state representatives and two new senators who’ve never been through a session of the Texas Legislature. You’re in for 140 of the most exciting and exhausting days of you...


Twilight

This is scarier than vampires.
E.R. Bills
The 112th session of the United States Congress doesn’t convene until January, but the GOP is already flexing its ignorance.