Jim Schutze has been the city columnist for the Dallas Observer since 1998. He has been a recipient of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies’ national award for best commentary and Lincoln University’s national Unity Award for writing on civil rights and racial issues. In 2011 he was admitted to the Texas Institute of Letters.
15 hours ago | City Hall
U.S. District Judge David Godbey has ruled against Dallas firefighters and cops whose retirement savings were frozen by the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund board, saying that the retirees don’t have a case because they will get their savings b...
4 days ago | City Hall
This is intriguing. Ben Carson, who is Trump’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development, has announced (see below) a new initiative imposing a system of spending controls on the agency, which spends $60 billion a year. You might wonder why someb...
5 days ago | City Hall
This makes four times. Four times in the course of one week I have sent the same set of questions to the Atmos Energy public relations staff. First time, they messaged me back that they were busy. Next three times, radio silence. I just find that ...
8 days ago | News
Last week The Dallas Morning News reported that the site selection team from Amazon had been in town looking at downtown Dallas as a finalist for Amazon’s new not-the-real-headquarters development. If that’s true – and you never know – I thought I...
11 days ago | News
Results from this week’s primary election in Dallas do not illustrate a conservative/liberal split in the city. Lots of luck even trying to get those labels to work. The outcomes in a couple of key state House districts argue more for a widening d...
12 days ago | Environment
Atmos Energy has shut off gas to 2,800 homes in Northwest Dallas because of gas leaks, explosions and fires; a child is dead; thousands of people remain shut out of their homes; the company acknowledges that aging steel gas pipes in shifting soil ...