January is usually when local candidates start announcing their election plans. Neighborhood advocate and former Fort Worth city councilwoman Cathy Hirt hasn’t officially announced a run for mayor, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to spot the clues. “I have been working diligently on putting a campaign together,” she said. “It has gone past exploratory.” That’s about as close to a confirmation as Static can get for now.

mayorThinking about Hirt’s candidacy reminds Static of a time in 2003 when Hirt and Mike Moncrief battled each other for the mayor’s job. Moncrief quit the Texas Senate and came home to Fort Worth seeking a job. Coincidentally, every gas driller in Texas was also honing in on Cowtown, angling to exploit lax regulation to suck the most money possible from the Barnett Shale. Moncrief pledged an accountable city hall, making promises to voters about public safety, quality of life, open government, and so on.

(SMTX)FTW-300x250-NOV17pet adoption program at the PetSmart on Loop 820 and South Hulen Street. The program began in April, and, according to city records, more than 1,500 cats and dogs have been adopted since then. As the article points out, even Oprah is giving shout-outs to Fort Worth for improving its adoption program (maybe she’ll give everyone who adopts a pet a free car).

Contrary to some readers’ assumptions, Static is a big fan of all things furry and cute. Mostly, though, Static is a fan of giving readers the entire story, which the Star-T didn’t do.

For one thing, the story parrots the city’s claim that “not one adoptable pet from the city’s animal shelter has been euthanized” since the program started — without examining the word “adoptable,” which gives the city an infinite amount of wiggle room. And then it spent a sentence or so noting that “one woman” had questioned whether the city is doing enough in this area. Let’s see, that would be Suzette Watkins, whose complaints were detailed in Fort Worth Weekly (“A No-Kill Option,” Nov. 17, 2010). The story also fails to mention that the city is still sending hundreds of animals to puppy and kitty heaven each week.

Static had hoped the Barnett Shale debacle might have taught the Star-T to be less of a cheerleader for the city, and, you know, occasionally ask a tough question. Ah, well.