Our most basic social programs are under attack.
Boy. Lately I’ve been having this eerie feeling of waking up in a strange place.
Is Kay Granger hiding from tough questions?
I was two years old when, one morning before the rest of the family was awake, I stacked a couple of stools on top of one another so I could reach the Dippity-Do my sister kept on the top shelf of the dressing room — the extr...
It’s still influencing American politics.
A best-selling novel called The Help, set in Jackson, Miss., in 1962, is about the relationships between black maids and the white families they work for. Kathryn Stockett’s first novel has been made into a movie (see review ...
The baggy bottom boys are losing their grip.
Haven’t we been through this before? No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service. Even an irreverent shirtless, shoeless hippie from the 1960s got the message that you cannot walk into a five-star restaurant as if you were going to the be...
It’s beyond satire. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, telling The New York Times what he had learned during his long tenure, explained that “I will always be an advocate in terms of wars of necessity. I am just much more...
Perry should prepare for the fine-tooth comb.
After insisting for a year that he had no interest in running for president, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said a few weeks ago that he’s thinking about it.
Fort Worth schools just lost a lot of ground.
For a while there, things were looking good for education in this country — and even in Fort Worth.
Prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, there was frenzied talk about WMDs — weapons of mass destruction. When it was later determined that Saddam Hussein possessed neither chemical nor nuclear weapons, the White Ho...
An immodest proposal for tykes’ right to carry.
Oh boy, here we go again. Last month, a kindergartner carried a gun into a Houston elementary school, and it fired when he was trying to pull it out and show it off at lunch. There’s no mystery regarding what happened next: T...
Politicians are mugging while Texas’ future goes up in flames.
The lobbyist walked out of the capitol, disgustedly shaking his head. “It’s the worst session I’ve ever seen,” said the lobbyist, a former legislator of more than a decade. “Everybody over there’s scared to death.