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  • Why Do They Say 'Open Government' and 'Clean Water' Like They Were Bad Ideas?

    About 5,200 words   The May 13, 2006, election offers Austin voters at least eleven reasons to do what citizens have been doing less and less of in recent decades: actually vote. If ever there was a time to cast a ballot, it’s now. Voters...
  • Power Shift

    About 11,800 words We are approaching what's shaping up to be a global crisis. The supplies of oil and natural gas are dwindling rapidly. What's left will be of lower quality, harder to extract, and increasingly expensive. The higher cost will be reflect...
  • Waiting to Inhale

    About 11,200 words "There ought to be a natural coalition between environmentalists and defense groups. Environmentalists want to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Defense groups want to limit our vulnerability to oil cutoffs or blackmai...
  • Beyond Limits: KLRU-TV celebrates forty years, builds for the future

    About 10,800 words Beyond Limits: KLRU-TV celebrates forty years, builds for the future Photography by Barton Wilder Custom Images "I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book." ...
  • The Life and Death of Barton Springs

    About 9,800 words Photography by Barton Wilder Custom Photography   The health of Barton Springs salamander is in serious decline and the federal agencies most responsible for doing something about it are once again being accused of knuckling un...
  • Fighting Eviction: Will term limits force a vanishing act for three Austin council members?

    About 8,000 words Photography by Barton Wilder Custom Images The three most experienced members of the Austin City Council want another term, but voters will not get the chance to reelect them—or toss them out in favor of other candidates&...
  • Dogs & Cats on Death Row

    About 9,800 words This package of four articles was originally published in The Good Life magazine in August 2001. The result was, by far, the largest and most impassioned response garnered from the many hundreds of feature articles published during mo...
  • Green Power: The War to Win Hearts and Minds

      About 6,200 words Photography by Barton Wilder Custom Images From the beginning there were land, air, water, creatures. Eventually people arrived in what is now called Central Texas. At first they mostly lived off the land and didn't have th...
  • 'Austin American-Statesman' no friend of the environment

    About 6,200 words 'Austin American-Statesman' no friend of the environment Fighting for the environment is truly a dirty job and someone truly needs to do it, but aside from the circle of activists who occasionally give one another a pat on the back&mda...
  • A con man gets his just reward

    About 4600 words This is a four-part series of articles about a man who was ripping off small businesses all over Central Texas. The first two articles exposed his misdeeds. The third article reported his indictments. The fourth article reported his sente...
  • Anti-apartheid newspaper publisher a fraud

    About 4600 words This article is the result of an international investigative reporting project that exposed the fraudulent behavior of a well-educated South African, who traveled all over the United States, gathering money and computer equipment under th...
  • County commissioner defeated, indicted, sentenced

    This is a package of seven articles, published in three successive issues of the Williamson County Sun, in Georgetown, Texas. The articles, which were published just a few weeks before election day, are about an elected official who accomplished a lot in ...