2nd Thought

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 ...


Fear ’Cross the Mersey

DAN MCGRAW
At a soccer game in Liverpool last week, Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars owner Tom Hicks watched his most recent acquisition – the Liverpool Football Club of the English Premier League. But as Hicks sat among the soccer fa...



Reviewing the Rules

E. R. BILLS
Roger Clemens. Barry Bonds. Steroids. Human Growth Hormone (HGH).


The War Against Women

LAURIE BARKER JAMES
“I’d rather see you dead, little girl/than to be with another man … .” (Lennon/McCartney)  The new year is only a few days old, but 2008 isn’t shaping up as a banner year in the battle to halt vio...



Five Measly Pieces

DAN MCGRAW
When I go out to eat, I’m not a difficult customer. Having worked in so many restaurants – in front dealing with demanding customers and in back dealing with nasty owners – I’m usually OK with whatever g...


My Dancing Dayz ’Bout Over

Eddie Griffin
A Christmas party a few days ago gave me a look at the state of the black community. We had reason to dance, but nothing to shout about.



Humankind at the Light Switch

JARID MANOS
The ocean is a prairie with its life underground and a perfect disguise above. About 18,000 short years ago, before the glaciers and continental ice sheets melted and the seas rose 400 feet, the Texas coastline was a hundred mi...


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...