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🔒 Bill Thompson: Horrific power shortage leaves no shortage of villains

Rolling blackouts that didn’t roll? Shivering in the dark for hours or days? No water after pipes froze while the electricity was off? An electric bill charging you thousands of dollars for whatever power came your way? Looking for someone to blame? Pick your villain. ERCOT: The quasi-government agency responsible for managing the Texas power […]

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Bill Thompson
Thompson is a native of East St. Louis, Ill., where he developed a lifelong love of the St. Louis Cardinals (all-time favorite player, Stan Musial; runner-up, Lou Brock). He’s been editor of daily newspapers in Illinois, New Jersey and Maine, where he spent four teeth-chattering winters in-between two of his three stints with the Fort Worth Business Press. But Thompson’s favorite job over the years has been riling up readers with opinion columns and editorials on topics ranging from politics to sports to curious shenanigans at City Hall. A newspaper in Pennsylvania once marketed him as “the man you love to hate.” He wrote columns for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram from 1987 to 2001, when he left in the first wave of buyouts and layoffs perpetrated by a now-defunct company called Knight Ridder. He still misses that job. He doesn’t miss Knight Ridder.

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