2nd Thought

Crispy City

DAN MCGRAW
When I moved into the Monticello neighborhood about five years ago, I asked one of my neighbors why there were no Fort Worth public pools on the near West Side. I was getting tired of driving my daughter all over town so she co...


A Matter of Life

JEANE GRISHAM
Two years ago, in August, 2004, the board of the John Peter Smith Hospital system took a step that set it apart from public hospitals in all other metropolitan Texas counties. Members of the League of Women Voters of Tarrant Co...



Parks in Peril

DAVE MCNEELY
Think of Texas’ current debate over park funding – or lack thereof – as a tale of feast and famine. With the stuffing and starving, however, going on at the same time.


Bet Against This Campaign

DAN MCGRAW
David Carruthers is not a drug dealer or terrorist or counterfeiter, but he sat in the federal jail in Fort Worth last week nonetheless. Carruthers is British, runs a business out of Costa Rica, and was picked up while changing...



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.