2nd Thought

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 ...



Dem Divisions

DAN MCGRAW
Democrats in Tarrant County have been on a downward spiral for many years. In the 1990s, many local Democratic politicians saw the changes coming and switched to the Republican side. Now the Democrats have no county-government ...


Body Slam

Static
A Fort Worth company was honored (and by “honored” we mean “trashed”) on a Top 14 list (and by “top” we mean “bottom-scraping larva doodie”).



Inertia Victims Unite!

E. R. BILLS
There’s nothing we can do about it … . There’s so many things wrong, I don’t know where to start. I’m just one person.


Ink vs. Electrons

TRACY EVERBACH
Most of my former newspaper colleagues probably hate to hear me say it. In fact, they so hate to hear it that they have planted their heads very firmly in the sand – or the ink barrel -so they won’t have to consider...