2nd Thought

A Letter on School Funding

DAVE MCNEELY
Dear Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst: Gov. Rick Perry has called the Texas Legislature into special session to begin April 17. And after months of saying he would limit the session to shuffling the tax system to lower local property ta...


A New Landmark, Please

KEVIN BUCHANAN
Dear XTO Energy, Hi. You don’t know me, but I live in downtown Fort Worth. I’m familiar with you, not through any vast knowledge of natural gas exploration and drilling, but from the work you’ve done to the bu...



Tea Time

NATHAN VAIL
A couple of hundred years ago, a bunch of colonists – including some of my ancestors – fought a revolution to win freedom from, among other things, taxation without representation. It may be getting close to that ti...


Hey, Homies Front Me Some Ear

E. R. BILLS
I am a white guy – milky white. When I was growing up just outside Fort Worth, there were only four or five African-American kids in my entire school. I was friends with all of them, but my childhood was still about as &#...



Lassoing Kinky

REYNA GOBEL
Back in the 1920s and ’30s, Will Rogers had a plan for everything from fixin’ the national debt to staying out of whatever war came along.


Buy This Space

TRACY EVERBACH
Cowtown boasts what purports to be “the city’s magazine” – a publication called Fort Worth, Texas. But rather than reflecting the soul of the city, this glossy rag touts mainly the desires of its adverti...



Hot Dates

DAN MCGRAW
When the City of Fort Worth announced that the Fort Worth Flyers minor league basketball team was coming to town, the spin was all positive. The team would bring a lot of fans into downtown Fort Worth, and it had the backing of...


A Weak Constitution

KEN WHEATCROFT-PARDUE
I love our state. I’ve canoed the Red River and skinny-dipped in the Pedernales. I’ve weathered dust storms, snowstorms, hurricanes, and nearly five decades of hotter-than-hell summers. I’ve hitchhiked and dri...



Force to Live

E. R. BILLS
On Aug. 1, 1966, David H. Gunby was a 23-year-old engineering student at the University of Texas. After a round of studying at a campus library, he walked out into the courtyard of the UT Tower. As he crossed the courtyard, he ...


Shock

JACOB TAYLOR
Physically, all I have left are slight red marks on my hip and ankle from where the wire leads were positioned, annoying me like a spot rubbed raw by a too-tight shoe. They are the palest mementos of three seconds of crippling ...