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.
7 hours ago | News
Dallas has been paying attention recently to some compelling research showing that racial segregation is bad for poor minority children. Truth. But only as an aside, no big deal, just me up here in the bleachers mumbling to myself: I’d like to poi...
3 days ago | Education
Here’s a decent little window on the wars within our sprawling urban school district right now. The big news is stunning. The small news is infuriating. A couple of weeks ago Dallas school district executives gave the board of trustees a full hard...
4 days ago | City Hall
Our new city manager is saying and doing all the right things. I’m watching to see how long it takes them to get rid of him. By new city manager I mean, of course, T.C. Broadnax, who came from Tacoma, Washington, in February to take the reins as t...
5 days ago | Crime
The way the news is these days: In the middle of a storm of disgusting national stories about male sexual predators, we get our own local countercase — a fired Dallas County assistant district attorney, sobbing on camera, offering every conceivabl...
6 days ago | City Hall
It looks as if Dallas City Hall may finally get itself out from under a billion-dollar sword of Damocles by resolving a bundle of police and fire back-pay lawsuits. After two decades of failure to get it done, what has changed? People on both side...
7 days ago | News
Calling in outside experts never was the Dallas way, sadly.