I like Alec Baldwin, I honestly do. He’s a skilled, accomplished actor, someone who truly inhabits a role. If you haven’t seen his lacerating salesman’s speech (“It takes brass balls to sell real estate”) in the film version of David … Read More
Nearly 30 years later, a wood-treatment facility continues to stain Somerville.
Dennis Davis’ uncle died in his arms on New Year’s morning in 2005. Cancer had eaten away Don Hightower’s face. “He had lost his nose and the upper part of his mouth,” Davis said. A few years earlier, Hightower had … Read More
Gov. Rick Perry and John Sharp get down to business with a new tax plan
Call it the “Chance Wayne” of tax proposals. That’s the name of the main character in Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth, a role played by Paul Newman in the 1962 movie version of the play. In the opening scene, … Read More
Can Houston's king of right-wing talk radio bust into the Texas Senate?
It’s a bright winter morning at the Champions Golf Club in Northwest Houston. A touch of frost flecks the fairways as golfers make their way toward the clubhouse. This hardly looks like a political hot spot. Yet, at a well-appointed … Read More
How Gov. Rick Perry's use of the Enterprise Fund is wasting taxpayer dollars
At first glance, Countrywide Financial Corp. seems an unlikely candidate for public assistance. It ranks as the nations No. 1 home mortgage lender. Headquartered in the tony Los Angeles suburb of Calabassas, California, the sprawling financial services company outsold such … Read More