2nd Thought

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 –...



President Obama

Gwynne Dyer
On the assumption that President Barack Obama survives for a full four-year term – for it is generally assumed that, as the first African-American president, he will face a higher than average risk of assassination –...


What Rangers?

DAN MCGRAW
If, against all common sense and logic, you are still a Rangers fan, you’ve gotten used to this sad saga. It is still early in the baseball season, and our beloved Texas Rangers aren’t even making it to their usual ...



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.