2nd Thought

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...



Tarnish on the Hardware

DAN MCGRAW
Those of you not in the journalism biz probably haven’t noticed this peculiar little ethics problem local news organizations have been dealing with for the past month.


Time is on Their Side

DAN MCGRAW
Whenever Fort Worth faces any civic issue – big or small – the city council appoints a committee. This sounds good: getting citizens involved in the decision-making process. But invariably these committees spend mon...



With Liberty and Guns for All

GWYNNE DYER
You can imagine lots of countries where a candidate for the presidency might lie about owning a gun so as not to alienate the voters, but only in the United States would he lie and say he does own a gun when he doesn’t.


The Damage He Did

TRACY EVERBACH
The news media last week jumped all over the Don Imus story after the radio host called the Rutgers women’s basketball team “nappy-headed hos.”



Take Me out of the Ballgame

DAN MCGRAW
There’s something different going on at the Texas Rangers’ ballpark this year. No, not the quality of the play. Please.


No Freedom from Religion

Laurie Barker James
Thank God I’m not an atheist; if I were, I’d surely go crazy within the Arlington public school system.



What Now, Cowtown?

DAN MCGRAW
A couple of months ago, I was having a beer at one of my Westside watering holes when the conversation turned to the new developments swallowing our neighborhood and the bars and restaurants that are going to be plowed under an...


Sasquatch on the Sulphur

Mark K. Campbell
“America’s King Kong” could well be in the Lone Star State. Up “in a swampy area that looks prehistoric in the vicinity of Paris, Texas,” to be exact.