Cynthia M. Allen

| |Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Rome’s synod on the family only the beginning

The Vatican’s “extraordinary synod of bishops” concluded Sunday with the beatification of Pope Paul VI, an interim step on the road to sainthood.

But those who were disappointed that this wasn’t the “extraordinary” ending to a momentous meeting misunderstand what the synod was meant to accomplish. Read more

Bud Kennedy

| |Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

Headlining Texas campaigns: Hogan’s goat and ‘Spicy Brown’

Texas politics has come up short in every way this year, including humor.

In a campaign long on outrage and short on laughs, the state that gave the nation “Pappy” O’Daniel and Kinky Friedman has been woefully short on fresh punch lines, so writers for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart will be severely tested for the “ Democalypse 2014: South By South Mess” episodes this week. Read more

Mike Norman

| |Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

‘Superintendent’s profile’ is kind of touchy-feely

It’s been almost five months since Walter Dansby resigned as Fort Worth’s school superintendent, and we’ve determined that the person who replaces him should be someone who “possesses excellent people skills.”

That’s somewhat of an anti-climax, but OK. Read more

Bob Ray Sanders

| |Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Time to put the brakes on building more toll roads

When the first toll road was built in Texas, it was done so with the promise that as soon as the road was paid for it would become a free highway.

The Dallas/Fort Worth Turnpike, now Interstate 30 between the two cities, started operating in 1957 and was so successful that it paid off the $57 million in bonds 10 years early. Read more