2nd Thought

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...



Ahead to the Past

Our most basic social programs are under attack.
GRAYSON HARPER
Boy. Lately I’ve been having this eerie feeling of waking up in a strange place.


Ducking Out

Is Kay Granger hiding from tough questions?
JENNIFER BRIGGS
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...



Racism’s Echoes

It’s still influencing American politics.
DAVE MCNEELY
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 ...


War on Sag

The baggy bottom boys are losing their grip.
Eddie Griffin
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...