2nd Thought

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- ...



Oh Say, Can You Hear?

DAN MCGRAW
In 1983, I was sitting on the couch at my father’s house watching the National Basketball Association All-Star game in Los Angeles. Don’t remember much about the game, but I do remember the national anthem.


Reality Bites

E. R. BILLS
I have a 6-year-old son. A couple of weeks ago, he got spooked while we were watching The Day After Tomorrow. In fact, during the scene that depicted the tornados in Los Angeles, he ran out of the living room and hid.