2nd Thought

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...


Bowled Down

DAN MCGRAW
Last week, the University of Houston played in the Fort Worth Bowl. This weekend, Texas Christian University will play in the Houston Bowl. The attendance for the Fort Worth Bowl – matching up the University of Kansas wit...



Sacrament of the Trinity

JARID MANOS
Crickets swell, lush autumn night, silence buffering me as soon as I shut the car door, even with University Drive a few hundred yards away … . Across the Trinity, our night city glowed, reflection shimmering in the slow-...


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.