2nd Thought

Bigots’ Last Stand

Racists are going the way of Joe McCarthy, but it won't be a pretty exit.
E.R. BILLS
So, a couple of weeks back, I’m sitting at the Lowdon Track and Field Complex at Texas Christian University watching my daughter and her teammates prepare for the upcoming Texas Amateur Athletic Federation’s State Track and...


All the Way Out

This critic thinks Louise Appleman should resign from the TCC board that she once led.
BOB MHOON
A recent Fort Worth Weekly cover story (“Rebels in the Palace,” July 7, 2010) explained how Tarrant County College’s prospects seem to be improving. New president Joe Hudson promises that board business will be transparen...



Not for the Faint of Heart

Lock up the whiskey: Redistricting is upon us.
DAVE McNEELY
If redistricting weren’t so serious, it would be funny. As Forrest Gump’s momma says about life in the 1994 movie, “It’s like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”


Guns, Government, and Elvis

They’re as Texan as chicken-fried steak.
DAVE McNEELY
Until a few weeks ago, you could usually tell when Elvis was in the building by the number of brown-uniformed Department of Public Safety officers there. Elvis, of course, is Gov. Rick Perry. And the building is the Texas capitol.



Man in the Middle

Straus is walking that white line.
DAVE McNEELY
In an increasingly partisan state, it’s increasingly hard to be the man in the middle. That’s the tightrope that Texas House Speaker Joe Straus of San Antonio is walking.


Of Bongs and BP

Fight government regulation if you want, but don’t get your smoke signals crossed.
E.R. BILLS
These days it seems like you can’t throw a rock in Aledo without hitting a proponent of free markets, laissez faire, and the notion that it’s every man, woman, and child for him- or herself. These folks want corporations un...



Why So Serious?

There is a happy land … .
Gwynne Dyer
Surely there can be few things less useful than a World Map of Happiness. If you live in one of the unhappy places, there is little chance that you’ll be able to move to somewhere happier — even if you could be sure you’d...


Afghanistan: Back to the front for the Weekly

DON JONES
expectation ek-spek-tay’-shun noun. A strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future : Reality had not lived up to expectation.



Recruiting Tolerance

Hatemongers could learn a few things from this football coach.
E.R. BILLS
On my way to work a while back I saw a solitary picketer at the corner of Camp Bowie Boulevard and Cherry Lane. He had a sign in each hand and two or three on the  landscaping buggy he’d dragged to the street corner with...


The War on Sunshine

Officials in some cities are trying to gut Texas’ open meetings law.
Peggy Venable
A war against open government is being fought in Texas. Cities and public officials — including some in Arlington and Hurst — are using public money to go to court to try to gut the Texas Open Meetings Act, which prohibits ...