I have scratched together a living, in one way or another, as a writer for close to 50 years now. I was a free-lance writer during the early stages of the Vietnam War. I was the Southwest Division Overnight News Editor for United Press International back when UPI was a legitimate news gathering organization. Following that, I went to the Dallas Morning News where I became the first person to write about rock 'n' roll on a daily basis for a Texas metropolitan newspaper. I later became the News' entertainment editor. Following some stints with a couple of prominent PR firms, I had the extraordinary good fortune to team with two communications legends, Ken Fairchild and Lisa LeMaster, as part of one kick-ass media consulting/crisis communications team. That was followed by short stays with the City of Dallas, as its public information officer; the Dallas Northeast Chamber of Commerce where I had the good fortune to meet and work alongside some of this city's business and political titans; and editorial director for QuestCorp Media until that company went out of business. Now officially retired, concentrating on this blog.
Good news. Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm sent word tonight that sales tax dollars continue to climb. The city collected $16.1 million in sales taxes in February, which is a nice 10.4 percent over what was collected in February, 2011, and 8.7 percent more than was forecast. That means the city has $1.3 million more to play with than it figured it would have. I say put that money right into street repair.