2nd Thought

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.


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.