2nd Thought

Shop ’Til You Drop

MARK CAMPBELL
There’s a scene in the great Woody Allen movie Love and Death where an imprisoned Allen has a jail cell vision the night before his execution, telling him he will be spared.


A Failure of Conscience

GRAYSON HARPER
It still astonishes me that the whole country could scream impeachment from the rooftops over one president’s mild sexual indiscretion, yet turn a blind eye to this little man, George W. Bush, who took us to war on false ...



Outsource of Trouble

Tracy Everbach
Good journalism requires accurate know-ledge of local people, places, and practices. A no-brainer, right? Apparently not.


Sins of the World

JOHN ARAUJO
An institution as large and as complex as the Catholic Church presents an enormous target for its critics, especially since its stands often go against many modern values.



Aching for Justice

Local jury verdicts show a larger problem in our society.
Valda Jean Combs
When an Arlington woman was indicted for manslaughter last year because she lied to her husband, I was concerned, but not much. Surely no jury would convict a woman who did not pull the trigger, while allowing the real killer t...


KPAX Romana

E. R. BILLS
So let me get this straight. Space aliens are now an acceptable part of God’s creation, but homosexuals are not? What if the space aliens are gay?! And who’s better priest material – straight male aliens or ea...



Death Be Not Prosaic

DAN MCGRAW
Texas executions will be starting back up again this month, after an eight-month dry spell while the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether lethal injection is cruel and unusual punishment. It is not, the high court ruled, so th...


Drilling for Voices

GARY HOGAN
Fort Worth is facing one of the most critical debates in many years, one that will affect our city profoundly for decades to come – and I’m afraid that not enough voices are being heard. The issue, of course, is urb...



When the Music Stops

DAVE MCNEELY
While the political attention of many Texans is focused on the 2008 presidential election, and, for a more involved few, control of the Texas House of Representatives, some folks are already looking ahead to 2010. That’s ...


Isle of Blight

E. R. BILLS
Hundreds of miles out in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and San Francisco, a new mass has appeared that scientists say is about twice the size of Texas. Visions of Lemuria, the Pacific version of Atlantis come to mind –...