2nd Thought

Family Values

Tracy Everbach
When Dallas Mayor Laura Miller announced July 6 that she wasn’t running for re-election, headlines in The Dallas Morning News hyped the news that she’d “spend more time with her family.”


Two Sides of an Ugly Coin

MICHAEL PHILLIPS
It’s easy, in some ways, for Fort Worth residents to feel superior when they look eastward and see the racially divisive politics that over the years have repeatedly torn apart the city council and the school board in Dal...



The Real Ground Zero

E. R. BILLS
On Feb. 9, 2001, two American civilians (no doubt big George Bush presidential campaign contributors) were permitted to take the USS Greenville (a 7,000-ton nuclear submarine) for a joyride in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.


Hold That Call

DAN MCGRAW
There is not one ounce of longing for the good old days in my head. Because when I think back to Pacer cars and white-belted leisure suits and Spiro Agnew and Steve Perry of the band Journey, I come to the conclusion that life ...



Smoke, Mirrors, Votes

KEN WHEATCROFT-PARDUE
Did you know that during the March 7 primaries, a miracle occurred in Tarrant County? A record 158,000-plus citizens voted. Unfortunately, 100,000 of those ballots were cast by “ghost voters,” caused by a programmin...


That’s My Job

E. R. BILLS
For a gringo working in the Fort Worth construction industry, sometimes it’s hard not to feel embattled by the legions of Mexican immigrants who saturate the work force.



Blabosphere

TRACY EVERBACH
In this era of corporate media, watered-down news, and pompous pundits, blogs offered a chance to deliver democracy back to journalism. The internet gave anyone the chance to become a Woodward or Bernstein of cyberspace by brea...


A Degree in Inequality

MICHELLE PARSONS
I’m about to graduate from college, and, like most college students, I’ve learned a lot of valuable things I was supposed to learn and other things that I wasn’t. Some of those aren’t necessarily so wort...



Yawn Radio

MARK K. CAMPBELL
I miss Bigfoot. It used to be you could count on discovering his latest adventures from Kevin McCarthy on KLIF. But, alas, no more.


Tear Down the Parking Lots

Kendall McCook
On a fresh green late spring morning, I thought of young people working alongside their elders tending pinto beans and poblano peppers. I thought of untilled, fertile river and creek bottomland, hidden places where 10- and 20- ...