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  • Culture Wars

    published July 12, 2007

    I waited two weeks. Maybe in that time, I thought, the city's big-hair media (The Dallas Morning News editorial page, D magazine,... More >>

  • Go With Your Gut

    published July 5, 2007

    Trust your eyes. Go with common sense. If you've seen pictures of the Trinity River flooded from levee to levee in downtown, believe your gut:... More >>

  • Oakley-dokey

    published June 28, 2007

    I can't stand reading The Dallas Morning News because it gives me a gigantic headache. Why would I pay to have something delivered... More >>

  • Moral Minority

    published June 21, 2007

    OK, I know you already think I think I'm some kind of East Dallas Mahatma Gandhi or something. I really am not. I believe in profit and private... More >>

  • The Leppert Touch

    published June 21, 2007

    The Leppert touch: Buzz believes the devil is not the only one in the details. You can find politicians in there too. That's why... More >>

  • No 'Doze

    published June 14, 2007

    Only in Dallas. Ed Oakley, the Democrat in the June 16 mayoral runoff election, is running on a platform of tax giveaways for the rich, highways... More >>

  • The Good Laura

    published May 31, 2007

    I have to tell you this story because it's three things: 1) an appalling example of arrogance and sleaziness at City Hall, 2) a stirring example... More >>

  • The Magic Touch

    published May 24, 2007

    Carol Reed, the political consultant, told another staff member here at the Dallas Observer that I was "a man without a country" because... More >>

  • Laura's Goons

    published May 17, 2007

    OK, I approach a polling place in Far North Dallas on Frankford Road where I see a representative of Mayor Laura Miller out front. He appears to... More >>

  • Road Rage

    published May 10, 2007

    Dallas Mayor Laura Miller has conceded to me that the toll road under design for the Trinity River project is a bad road. "The city manager... More >>

  • Fresh Eyes

    published May 3, 2007

    In recent weeks the call for a referendum on the Trinity River toll road has come to the center of the Dallas mayoral election. At the end of last... More >>

  • Fudge Factor

    published May 3, 2007

    District 9 city council candidate Jill Kotvis called me after I wrote a snarky item on the Dallas Observer's blog, Unfair Park, taking her... More >>

  • What a Woonerful World

    published April 19, 2007

    Woonerfs have appeared to me, and now I understand the universe. Even more amazing, for the first time I understand Ed Oakley. Sort of. Ed... More >>

  • We See England, We See France...

    published April 12, 2007

    We need to get a few things out of the way right here at the top. Please tell me that I am thin-skinned. Thank you. Now I would like you to tell... More >>

  • Vox Populi

    published April 5, 2007

    One of the things you hope you get to see every once in a while in a democracy—at least catch glimpses of—is democracy. Those of us... More >>

  • Steve Blows

    published March 29, 2007

    It's true: Nothing brings out the courage or the imagination in this town like the Trinity River project, our gigantic multibillion-dollar plan to... More >>

  • Not Your Average Joe

    published March 22, 2007

    I'm still getting used to the notion of Joe Wells as an elected official. But I don't think I'm having near as much trouble with it as he is.... More >>

  • Mayor Mudhole

    published March 15, 2007

    This moment shall not pass. Sorry, but I have to ring the timeout bell right here. The first major public political unraveling of the Trinity... More >>

  • Cool Cotton

    published March 8, 2007

    Mullets and rebel flags. Those Dallas Cowboys know their target demographic. Here goes. I am going to write about a sports-related issue. I... More >>

  • Hunt for Truth

    published March 1, 2007

    You just never know. You go to these incredibly boring City Hall meetings in a back room with people mumbling about fill dirt, and you think it is... More >>

  • Bad Mojo

    published February 22, 2007

    When Hutchins police Detective Emily Owens saw the voodoo pot her colleagues had found beneath a bridge, her reaction was an immediate reflex. "As... More >>

  • Cheese Holes

    published February 15, 2007

    Sorry, but I feel like Thomas Alva Edison the first time his light bulb lit. I must share. In the last year and a half I have written five... More >>

  • W. and Us

    published February 8, 2007

    If we had the equivalent of a national sport just for Dallas, it would be "Tip-toe 'Round the Elephant." I do get why everybody debating the Bush... More >>

  • Money-Huggers

    published February 1, 2007

    You don't really have to get too deep into the parts-per-million debate about coal-fired power plants to see the sea change. The really... More >>

  • Goodbye, Groovy East Dallas

    published January 25, 2007

    I am concerned for my people. Last summer a neighbor spoke to me on my lawn in Old East Dallas—an artist, one of the original urban... More >>

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