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O’Bama

DAN MCGRAW
As Barack Obama begins his historic presidency, most are focusing on him being the first African-American elected to the highest office in a country that once held black people as slaves. This is monumental, obviously, for this...


Nuclear Fallout

BETTY BRINK
For almost two decades, folks opposed to splitting atoms to turn on a light bulb have been comforted by nuclear power’s fall from favor as an electric-generating fuel. In 1993, one of the last reactors to come on line in ...



Vaquero Viene

JEFF PRINCE
A long-awaited statue honoring Hispanic cowboys is supposed to reach its pedestal by summer. By JEFF PRINCE A vaquero could have straddled his old caballo and pushed thousands of rangy longhorns from Mexico to Fort Worth in les...


Oh Say, We Can See

fwuser
Static, who, at least when it comes to writing, is generally quail-free, quails at the thought of summing up in any little piss-ant, 500-word column what Tuesday meant to this country and the world. How can you capture the impo...



O’Bama

DAN MCGRAW
Experience with poverty and prejudice comes from both sides of the new president’s family tree. By DAN MCGRAW As Barack Obama begins his historic presidency, most are focusing on him being the first African-American elect...


Nuclear Fallout

Betty Brink
Thought reactors were anachronisms? So did some concerned Glen Rose folks. By BETTY BRINK Editor’s note: The writer is a former member of a Comanche Peak opposition group, from which she resigned in the late 1980s. For al...



Home, Semi-Sweet Home

Matt Pulle
Bush comes back to the place where his legacy is at least debatable. By MATT PULLE It was the afternoon before Thanksgiving in Austin, and George W. Bush – then in his first term as governor and enjoying record-high appro...


Gas Well Smell Test

JEFF PRINCE
Fort Worth residents who have watched gas rigs grow in number in recent years are concerned about what they see as conflicts of interest among city staff and elected officials. One of urban drilling’s leading opponents, D...



If It Drives Like a Duck …

Static
Sigh. The spin industry and its forebear, the marketing behemoth, think we are all such simps. “Used” cars seem low-class, so they became “pre-owned.” Want to sell kids caffeine? Call it an “energy...


Grass Capitalist

BEN SWALLOW
Toward the end of the presidential campaign, I started hearing the Republican rank and file express worries that the election of Barack Obama as president would lead to socialism. Letters to the editor in the local daily that r...