2nd Thought

A Pink Political Agenda

BETTY PINSON
In 2000, when I became a breast cancer activist, one of my first assignments was contacting the senators and members of Congress in my area to encourage their support for the Breast & Cervical Cancer Prevention & Treatm...


Fearful Wonders

“May you live in interesting times” is no longer a curse, just reality.
Gwynne Dyer
Every year brings change, but some years really are turning points: 1492, 1789, 1914, and 1989, for example. Was 2011 one of those Really Important Years? Probably not, but it definitely qualifies for membership in the second t...



Not Optional

Telling your boss isn’t enough: Suspected child abuse must be reported to the state.
LINDA LABEAU
As the Fort Worth school district struggles with its latest scandal — this one involving Dunbar High School — it’s apparent that some officials in the district are unclear on the concept of what they are required to do wh...


Suicide Pact

Climate summit negotiators fiddle while the world prepares to starve.
Gwynne Dyer
The Durban climate summit that ended earlier this month was proclaimed a great success. The chairwoman told delegates: “We have concluded this meeting with [a plan] to save one planet for the future of our children and our gr...



Hail Perry Full of …

The governor’s latest political ad gets lots of attention, most of it bad.
DAVE MCNEELY
Just when it seemed Rick Perry’s flagging presidential campaign couldn’t get any more desperate, his latest Iowa TV ad disproved that belief.


Desperation Play

Perry’s roundhouse swings are getting wilder.
DAVE MCNEELY
In trying to pull his presidential campaign out of a nosedive, Gov. Rick Perry is escalating his attack on all things Washington. His latest proposals include making serving in Congress a part-time job, for half the current $17...



We Can Move the Earth

… Or at least our economic system.
E.R. BILLS
On Feb. 8, 2008, I felt the earth move beneath my feet. It wasn’t an earthquake or a Hemingway-esque tryst. It was simply a gathering of dendraster excentricus, otherwise known as Pacific sand dollars.


What Will the Kids Get?

The Texas that remains after the ecological plunderers pass through may not be a thing of pride.
E.R. BILLS
About 470 years ago, famed Spanish explorer Francisco Vazquez de Coronado and his men got lost in the Texas panhandle. They floundered there for three weeks.



Perrys on the Run

But don’t count Goodhair out.
DAVE McNEELY
Anita Perry was complaining recently in South Carolina that the other Republican presidential hopefuls are picking on her husband.


Wrong War

When will the middle class wake up?
E. R. BILLS
My father grew up on Gordon Avenue on the South Side of Fort Worth. After high school at Trimble Tech, he apprenticed in the construction industry and became a journeyman electrician. In the 1970s he earned an average of $40,00...