2nd Thought

Johnny Got His Pills

(And we’re getting ours.)
E.R. BILLS
After U.S. Army Sgt. Douglas Hale, Jr. finished 15 months in Iraq for his second combat tour, it was obvious that things in his life were awry. In 2007, he was diagnosed with severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder...


Here’s Your Hat, Don’t Hurry

Sports fans in two countries bid a not-so-fond farewell to Hicks ownership.
DAN MCGRAW
What the Texas Rangers have done this year is nothing short of amazing. They won a playoff series for the first time ever and are now playing the New York Yankees for the American League pennant and a chance to go to the World ...



Bullying from the Top

How can kids learn proper behavior when school district leaders are hostile to honesty?
LINDA LABEAU
The Fort Worth school district, like many districts around the country, spends considerable energy on the problem of reducing bullying behavior among its students.


Coming to Terms

A lot of politicians are for term limits — until their own future would be affected.
DAVE McNEELY
So now Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White is calling for Texas governors to serve no more than two full four-year terms.



Growing Up Before Ground Zero

NAUREEN SHAH
When I was a child, I had no idea what I was. My family didn’t have cable TV for a long time. Once we got it, I learned that we didn’t like taxes. Later, we didn’t like Bill Clinton, because we didn’t like taxes. The we...


Equity and Philanthropy

Good: Billionaires giving away money. Better: Billionaires supporting tax reform.
JAMES RUSSELL
Last month, 40 billionaires from around the United States announced that they had signed “The Giving Pledgecis,” an initiative started by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, stating their plans to donate the majority...



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.