Posts Tagged ‘government’

Playing the Food Card

Chow, Baby
Not to compare Chow, Baby’s beloved East Side of Fort Worth to the beleaguered South Side of Los Angeles, but one neighborhood similarity is striking: the dominance of fast-food chains over yummy mom & pops. Sensibly agre...


Posting Propaganda

John Q. Reader
To the editor: Justine Sharrock, in “Keyboard Commandos” (June 30, 2010), gave us all a closer look at the workings of radical and militia groups and others intent on usurping the government. A coup d’etat is a better wor...



Keeping the Light On

Static
 Static is glad to see that Attorney General Greg Abbott is back in court defending the Texas Open Meetings Act. The law, which essentially ensures that the public’s business be done in the light of day and not in back r...


Keyboard Commandos

The folks who threaten political violence aren’t hiding — they’re tweeting and posting.
JUSTINE SHARROCK
The photo pages are filled with shots of masked men holding large guns, some with the U.S. flag tied around their lower faces. There are tips on how to stockpile ammo and hip-hop videos promoting armed revolution. And the rheto...



Why So Serious?

There is a happy land … .
Gwynne Dyer
Surely there can be few things less useful than a World Map of Happiness. If you live in one of the unhappy places, there is little chance that you’ll be able to move to somewhere happier — even if you could be sure you’d...


The War on Sunshine

Officials in some cities are trying to gut Texas’ open meetings law.
Peggy Venable
A war against open government is being fought in Texas. Cities and public officials — including some in Arlington and Hurst — are using public money to go to court to try to gut the Texas Open Meetings Act, which prohibits ...



Don’t Tax, We Spend

DAVE MCNEELY
In some ways, it’s reminiscent of the 1980s, when competing black Democrats, some who couldn’t stand one another, got in elbowing matches to stand closest to black presidential candidate Jesse Jackson.


Nickel and Dimed

KRISTIAN LIN
George W. Bush is out of office. Healthcare reform is on track to be enacted. So what do you do if you’re Michael Moore? You take on the whole gosh-darned system, as we can see in his latest essay film, Capitalism: A Love...



Healing Healthcare

John Q. Public
To the editor: As a physician, I feel I must write to you about the healthcare debate (“Healthy Debate,” July 29, 2009).


What Were They Smoking?

John Q. Public
To the editor: The Drug Enforcement Administration pretends it “cannot tell the difference between hemp and marijuana” as an excuse to keep hemp off the market. (“Don’t Smoke It,” Aug. 5, 2009). Th...