100 Years of Painting

Critical Thinking

Lost in Hospitallandia

Budget Wars

Blotch Jumbo

2nd Thought

2nd Thought

Abbott: Keep Talking

We predicted several weeks ago that Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott’s request for a special session to rubber-stamp a court’s interim redistricting maps would backfire....

August Angst

I’m outside my portable classroom with my brand-spanking-new students to review the material we’ve just gone over. It’s a good lesson, creative, because it...

The Snowden Effect

Edward Snowden is safe from American “justice” for the moment, and he will certainly go down as the most effective whistle-blower in history. His...
Graves, at Hard Scrabble in 1992. Robert Hart

Goodbye to a Giant

Editor’s note: Beloved Texas author John Graves, a native of Fort Worth, died July 31 at his home near Glen Rose. His books on...

On to the Courthouse

Last Friday, July 12, the Texas Capitol was awash with demonstrators, there for the showdown in the Texas Senate over the Republican-driven proposal to...

Making Laws and Money

The special session that Gov. Rick Perry called on redistricting and other matters got some publicity because most legislators were collecting their $150 per...

Dad from U.N.C.L.E.

When I was young back in Houston in the ’60s, summer was endless and sometimes dangerous. Boredom hadn’t been invented yet. We didn’t have...

Redistricting: Hamster Wheel

Redistricting in Texas is like grabbing a tar baby. Once you pick it up, it’s very difficult to put down. And it sticks on...

Drums Along the Nile

Editor’s note: Water fights in Texas and elsewhere in the United States are gettting serious, but the furor building in Africa provides a taste...

Less Fighting, More Fear

Imagine for a moment that all the wars of the world have come to a peaceful conclusion. Most violent crime against people and property...