2nd Thought

Don’t Pave the Park

PAT CHEONG
Park land is a finite resource. Once it’s gone, whether sold or paved over, we’ve lost it. Two years ago, the League of Women Voters of Tarrant County conducted a study of park land in Tarrant County.


Hole in the Middle

DAN MCGRAW
A few years ago, noted Texas author Larry McMurtry wrote a rather odd travel book called Roads, in which he described Arlington as “not so much a city as an area of confusion that manages to combine the worst features of ...



A Flag on Instant Replay

DAN MCGRAW
After all those hours of football over the Thanksgiving weekend, I jotted down what I like and don’t like about watching the national sport from my couch. Don’t like divas like Mariah Carey hoofing it around and lip...


Losing Our Voices

TRACY EVERBACH
A media monopoly is about to gobble one of the last voices of press freedom in the United States – but is that really so bad?



Between Concrete and Prairie

JARID MANOS
I guess it’s not really a moonbow because it forms a complete circle, but the word sounds good. Maybe if rainbows ended in the sky instead of the ground they’d be complete circles too.


Forget Avian Flu

DAN MCGRAW
I generally think of birds as flying rats. Some people attract them with feeders and go on trips just to look at birds wondrously through binoculars, but to me, they’re just another annoying critter that pecks at dead squ...



Abuse Behind Bars

KATHY HALL-MARTINEZ
The scoreboard reads: Texas Prison Officials 1, Justice 0.


He Doth Froth Too Much

TRACY EVERBACH
I almost was afraid to write this column. I’m mentioning the name of one of the most popular opinion show hosts in the United States – Bill O’Reilly. And those who write about O’Reilly often become the s...



All-American Torture

E.R. BILLS
One reason I’ve always been proud to be an American is that I could go anywhere in the world – and I’ve been many places – and say it’s better back home in the States. We believe in free speech and...


Baseball Blame Game

DAN MCGRAW
First, a disclosure: I was born and raised in Cleveland and have been a big fan of the Cleveland Indians my whole life. And as a Tribe fan, I appreciated how Indians’ General Manager John Hart built a nothing team into a ...