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

| |Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

A send-off for an artist who helped launch Willie Nelson

A dozen readers have asked me to write about the late Bo Powell, and for a dozen different reasons.

Powell, 77 when he died Oct. 8, was a Fort Worth commercial artist, country music host, cowboy storyteller, sports car race driver and railroad conductor. Read more

Mike Norman

| |Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

Evidence against Texas voter ID law convincing

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, the Justice Department and other plaintiffs made strong arguments, right up to the Supreme Court, against using strict new Texas voter ID requirements in the Nov. 4 election.

The arguments were convincing. 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