2nd Thought

Sports Suckers

DAN MCGRAW
Anyone who is a baseball fan in this part of Texas knows the Rangers stink – and, aside from a few good teams in the late ’90s, have stunk for most of their history.


Who’s in First?

LAURIE BARKER JAMES
What do you call thousands of people who enter Texas illegally, when the people who live here don’t want them here?



Oh, for a Reality-based President

E. R. BILLS
On a September evening in 1956, Marian Keech, a middle-aged woman living in the American Midwest, claimed she received a message from a planet called Clarion, saying that the world would be destroyed by a catastrophic flood on ...


Politics and Power

JIM DUNCAN
I started my first business in the obscure solar electric installation field in 1993. Over the years, I have witnessed the gradual decrease in the price of pure silicon, the power source that is the heart of the solar panel.



Boos at the Bass

EDDIE GRIFFIN
Dear Mayor Mike Moncrief and City of Fort Worth: I want to apologize if our protest at Bass Performance Hall last Saturday night caused some embarrassment for Fort Worth.


Global Swarming

DAN MCGRAW
Last week when I went online, Yahoo had listed, among the day’s lead stories, one about a cookbook showing how to change your diet to help decrease global warming.



Lessons From the Trenches

LOUIS MCBEE
Hi, students. Welcome to Participatory Democracry 101. Please take a seat – and remember, it’s OK to use money, lies, or intimidation to convince your fellow students to move so you can have the seat you want.


Big Hat, No Brahmas

DAN MCGRAW
When Jerry Jones snagged the 2011 Super Bowl last week for his new stadium in Arlington, the Cowboys’ owner and his contingent held a press conference at Love Field in Dallas.



Summer School

E. R. BILLS
In the summer of 1980, I got a job working for a landscaper for $5 an hour. I was 13 years old. The landscaper had five employees – me and four Mexican immigrants.


One Paycheck

LINDA LEE
Let me make sure I’ve got this straight: Business owners and residents don’t want the homeless people in their East Lancaster neighborhood; they’re not wanted downtown because their presence would negatively a...