2nd Thought

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...


Let There Be Light — and Heat

DAN MCGRAW
When former Fort Worth City Council member Clyde Picht was running against incumbent Jungus Jordan, the voters in District 6 got a mailing from Mayor Mike Moncrief a few days before the election. The letter was pretty scathing ...



Building for the Rich

DAN MCGRAW
No one can accuse the Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones of being a bad businessman. On the contrary, he is quite a genius.


Counting Craddick’s Woes

DAVE MCNEELY
While Gov. Rick Perry was off stumping in Iowa on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, district-by-district political skirmishes were going on at home in Texas.



Son of Garp

E. R. BILLS
On Oct. 4, 1992, an 18-year-old dental assistant named Marion Ploch was driving to work near the German city of Erlangen. She lost control of her car and crashed into a tree. Local doctors spent four days trying to save her, bu...


Rendering Unto Jerry

Laurie Barker James
Recently, a crowd of hardhat-clad dignitaries gathered in Arlington to watch the largest, heaviest girder being placed in the roof of the latest, greatest football stadium. Local television news showed Dallas Cowboys owner Jerr...