2nd Thought

No Flood of Money

LAURIE BARKER JAMES
A few weeks ago, President Bush made a speech in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, an area particularly hard-hit by Hurricane Katrina. Bush said New Orleans “is better today than it was yesterday, and it’s going to be ...


The Money Shuffle

LINDA LABEAU
Gov. Perry’s web site touts his commitment to public education. So why is the governor considering, for the top spot in the Texas Education Agency, a guy who is under investigation on allegations that he improperly direct...



Don’t Ban the Bomb-Words

DAN MCGRAW
Last week NBC presented a special that chronicled the first five years of Saturday Night Live. For many of us, the mid-70s doesn’t seem that long ago, but two skits were shocking – they showed how much racial attitu...


Guilt By Association

JOHN ARAUJO
While it’s painful to read about the sorts of barbaric executions performed throughout history, it’s also important to remember that those were unenlightened times.



Logic by Craddick

DAVE McNEELY
State Rep. Jim Pitt has the best phrase for how Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick, his former ally, thinks of his position: “a divine speakership.”


Want a Cookie, Little Reader?

DAN MCGRAW
Ten years ago, I got four newspapers delivered to my house every day. These days, I don’t get a single one, not even the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.



Leaving the Mob

E. R. BILLS
In Los Angeles, on April 29, 1992, the four police officers who had been charged with the attempted murder of Rodney King were acquitted, and the riots began.


Bass-Relief

DAN MCGRAW
When I moved here in 1990 from the land where rivers catch on fire, I knew only one thing about Fort Worth: Cowtown was home to a billionaire with a wild-ass streak running through him.



Trimming the News

TRACY EVERBACH and Craig Flournoy
What happens to a newspaper after it dumps a third of its staff? The saga of The Dallas Morning News provides some answers.


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.