2nd Thought

Apocalypse Man

E. R. BILLS
When Charlton Heston passed away a few weeks back, I couldn’t help but think of Michael Moore’s attack on him in Bowling for Columbine.Besides being blindsided, Heston was also obviously slowed by advanced age and d...


More Perry?

DAVE MCNEELY
Gov. Rick Perry had hinted he might run again in 2010. But now Perry flatly says he will – regardless of what plans U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst may have.



Win-Loss Ratio

DAN MCGRAW
Fort Worth’s Travis Lutter is getting a rematch – with the scales. To be followed, he expects, by another shot at a national fight title.


Emptying the Trough

E. R. BILLS
I know a lot of people in this country who are struggling. Good, hardworking people who believe in the system despite the fact that their wages haven’t kept pace with the price of gas or the rising cost of living.



No Accounting for (No) Ethics

JACK COLE
I recently had occasion to help a 78-year-old friend attempt to straighten out a problem with one of her credit cards. She lives on a modest, fixed income and has been a responsible borrower all of her life, proud of her credit...


Forgetting his (Geek) Roots

DAN MCGRAW
Whenever I think about how technological innovations have changed the journalism business, I think of Moses and the Ten Commandments. When God had Moses up on the mountaintop and wanted to relay some basic rules of living to th...



Bush-Boarding

DAVID DANIEL
So George W. Bush vetoed a bill that would outlaw the practice of waterboarding. Hold that thought for a moment.


Shoulda Known Better

E. R. BILLS
Recently, I mistakenly received the Winter ’08 edition of Hooah!, the U.S. Army National Guard’s call to arms in teen-beat magazine form. It says its mission is to “celebrate and support America’s youth&...



Monopoly Money

LAURIE BARKER JAMES
I’m getting a check from the federal government – woo-hoo! Taking advantage of our two lovely tax deductions – I mean, kids – my family should receive $1,800 as part of the federal government’s eco...


Spanish Stand-Off

DAN MCGRAW
When my daughter was four, her pre-kindergarten class in the Fort Worth public school system taught her in both Spanish and English. The federally funded program used the two languages on alternate days.