100 Years of Painting

Critical Thinking

Lost in Hospitallandia

Budget Wars

Blotch Jumbo

2nd Thought

2nd Thought

Ahead to the Past

Boy. Lately I’ve been having this eerie feeling of waking up in a strange place. Labor and bargaining rights, minimum wage statutes, even child...

Ducking Out

I was two years old when, one morning before the rest of the family was awake, I stacked a couple of stools on top...

Racism’s Echoes

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...

War on Sag

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...

Leaving Afghanistan

It’s beyond satire. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, telling The New York Times what he had learned during his long tenure, explained that “I...

Bombs Away

After insisting for a year that he had no interest in running for president, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said a few weeks ago that...

Backsliding

For a while there, things were looking good for education in this country — and even in Fort Worth. At last we got...

Weapons of Mass Exploitation

Prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, there was frenzied talk about WMDs — weapons of mass destruction. When it was...

IffySwift Justice

Oh boy, here we go again. Last month, a kindergartner carried a gun into a Houston elementary school, and it fired when he was...

Fiddling, Burning

The lobbyist walked out of the capitol, disgustedly shaking his head. “It’s the worst session I’ve ever seen,” said the lobbyist, a former legislator...