2nd Thought

Forget Avian Flu

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

The scoreboard reads: Texas Prison Officials 1, Justice 0.

He Doth Froth Too Much

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

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

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 ...

Katrina West

Here in Fort Worth, “Where the West Begins,” I felt melancholic watching the airlift of New Orleans’ mostly poor, mostly black folks to far-flung cities in the American West.

War of Words

Over the weekend, the folks on both sides of the Iraq War debate gathered in Washington to shout out their pain in mass demonstrations.

Scopes Revisited

I’ve been listening to the congressional hearings for Supreme Court chief justice nominee John Roberts, and the process fills me with dread. Two down, one to go, the religious right says: They already have control of the ...

Fruit of the Neo-Cons’ Labor

Rollyn B. Carlson
My childhood memories are dotted with visions of summer days playing on the patio of my grandparents’ home, where I climbed pecan trees and rocked lazily back in forth in hammocks, listening to the trill of cicadas and dr...

he Muddy Waters of Race

The television coverage of Hurricane Katrina began with scenes of black, apparently poor, people lining up outside the New Orleans Superdome for shelter, and (poor) black people being frisked for weapons, alcohol, and drugs. It...