Leading Off (11/13/09)

1. Our good friend from California, Lazy Man, should be happy: North Texas is apparently being punished for having tollways. Side note: Which of these stories, on the same subject, would you be more likely to read: One in which Dallas-Fort Worth leaders “face funding roadblocks” or one in which Dallas-Fort Worth is  “getting shafted on road projects” ? Doesn’t the Star-T win that headline battle in a walk?

2. Another week, another study ranking our relative economic strength against other metropolitan areas nationwide. This time the Milken Institute puts us at No. 13. That’s right behind Fort Worth (yes, they dared to separate the twins) at No. 12. And neither of us even make the top five in the state of Texas. Killeen and McAllen even finish ahead of us. The rankings claim to be based on job, wage, and technology growth.

3. Joel Miller of McKinney is hungry. He hasn’t eaten all month, and doesn’t plan to eat until Thanksgiving. The pastor is facing some of the same temptations that plagued Jesus during his 40 days in the wilderness. It’s like a passage straight out of the Gospel of Luke: “One day the distinct smell of bacon struck him, despite the lack of a breakfast joint in the area, and another saw a tray full of free sandwiches paraded before his eyes.” Somebody, please, take the man some food.

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