2nd Thought

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.



Omigod — Obama

MARK CAMPBELL
Holy crap! We’re going to have a black president!


Air Apparent

DAN MCGRAW
Sometimes you can look at an unpopular law and say, OK, I disagree with that, but I understand why it was passed.



The Pros of Parking

ANDREW TAFT
The Weekly’s Jan. 9 cover story (“What ‘Free’ Parking?”) on the downtown parking additions made possible with tax-increment financing almost entirely dismissed what that program was designed to do ...


UFO U-Turn

E. R. BILLS
Before Close Encounters of the Third Kind came out in 1977, Steven Spielberg & Co. sponsored an art contest for kids across the country. The goal was to submit a rendering that most closely resembled the space aliens that ...