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August Angst

New school years are scary — and not just for the kids.
KEN WHEATCROFT-PARDUE
I’m outside my portable classroom with my brand-spanking-new students to review the material we’ve just gone over. It’s a good lesson, creative, because it gets the kids up and about, but having to do with the task at han...


Guest

The Snowden Effect

GWYNNE DYER
Edward Snowden is safe from American “justice” for the moment, and he will certainly go down as the most effective whistle-blower in history. His revelations are going to cause a wholesale restructuring of the world’s mos...



Graves, at Hard Scrabble in 1992. Robert Hart

Goodbye to a Giant

BY ROBERT HART
Editor’s note: Beloved Texas author John Graves, a native of Fort Worth, died July 31 at his home near Glen Rose. His books on the Brazos River, particularly “Goodbye to a River,” established him, as The New York Times sa...


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On to the Courthouse

Dems say the abortion fight is just beginning.
DAVE McNEELY
Last Friday, July 12, the Texas Capitol was awash with demonstrators, there for the showdown in the Texas Senate over the Republican-driven proposal to make abortions harder to obtain in Texas. The Republicans, with a 19-12 Sen...



Second

Making Laws and Money

DAVE McNEELY
The special session that Gov. Rick Perry called on redistricting and other matters got some publicity because most legislators were collecting their $150 per diem — even though they were back home in their districts, or somew...


Second

Dad from U.N.C.L.E.

Old radios and a few Martians led to a valuable lesson.
KEN WHEATCROFT-PARDUE
When I was young back in Houston in the ’60s, summer was endless and sometimes dangerous. Boredom hadn’t been invented yet. We didn’t have devices to store thousands of songs and regurgitate them with all the clarity of a...



Guest

Redistricting: Hamster Wheel

Governor decrees, legislature disagrees, parties sue, judges rule. Repeat ad infinitum.
DAVE McNEELY
Redistricting in Texas is like grabbing a tar baby. Once you pick it up, it’s very difficult to put down. And it sticks on everyone’s hands for years. No matter. Republican Gov. Rick Perry, acting at the behest of Republica...


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Drums Along the Nile

GWYNNE DYER
Editor’s note: Water fights in Texas and elsewhere in the United States are gettting serious, but the furor building in Africa provides a taste of the water wars — possibly actual shooting wars —  that may become a promi...



War

Less Fighting, More Fear

Let’s figure out why there are fewer wars going on these days.
GWYNNE DYER
Imagine for a moment that all the wars of the world have come to a peaceful conclusion. Most violent crime against people and property has been eradicated. The worst outbreak of violence in the world in the past 24 hours has be...


Guest

Woe-bama

If it weren’t for bad news, there’d have been no news at all for the White House.
DAVE McNEELY
When Barack Obama writes his memoir, May of 2013 probably won’t rate as his favorite month. Even though the Texas Legislature was nearing the end of its tangled session when he visited, he may wish he’d spent a couple more ...