2nd Thought

A Broad Heart

LAURIE BARKER JAMES
On a warm Sunday in December, in a closed-door special business meeting, the congregants and elected deacons of Broadway Baptist Church staved off potential controversy by delaying a decision about publishing “family pict...


Let There Be Light — and Heat

DAN MCGRAW
When former Fort Worth City Council member Clyde Picht was running against incumbent Jungus Jordan, the voters in District 6 got a mailing from Mayor Mike Moncrief a few days before the election. The letter was pretty scathing ...



Building for the Rich

DAN MCGRAW
No one can accuse the Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones of being a bad businessman. On the contrary, he is quite a genius.


Counting Craddick’s Woes

DAVE MCNEELY
While Gov. Rick Perry was off stumping in Iowa on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, district-by-district political skirmishes were going on at home in Texas.



Son of Garp

E. R. BILLS
On Oct. 4, 1992, an 18-year-old dental assistant named Marion Ploch was driving to work near the German city of Erlangen. She lost control of her car and crashed into a tree. Local doctors spent four days trying to save her, bu...


Rendering Unto Jerry

Laurie Barker James
Recently, a crowd of hardhat-clad dignitaries gathered in Arlington to watch the largest, heaviest girder being placed in the roof of the latest, greatest football stadium. Local television news showed Dallas Cowboys owner Jerr...



Protesting Too Much

CLYDE PICHT
Fort Worth Star Telegram business writer Mitchell Schnurman called it “petty politics” and suggested maybe someone forgot to kiss a certain person’s ring.


Trading Rick for Kay

DAVE MCNEELY
There will be an election for the United States Senate seat currently held by Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison in 2012, but her name won’t be on the ballot.Hutchison has said she’d rather be governor than senator and...



Proud Again?

E. R. BILLS
A couple of months ago, I vacationed in Colorado. I loved the drive from Fort Worth to Denver. Leaving Cowtown, the sky gets expansive, anchored only by rolling prairies.


Down with Baggy Pants

DAVE MCNEELY
Someday, when they are 10 or 15 years older, the boys who are teenagers in Dallas now should erect a statue of Ron Price. He may wind up saving them from serious injury.