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steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

June 23rd, 2016

From (near) coast to (near) coast, with fries

By STEVE LANG

“If there is an apocalypse, that’s (Del Taco) one of the things I’m going to miss the most.” – Dr. Artie Smith

When lumping Nike headquarters, Niagara Falls, Baseball Hall of Fame, NCAA Outdoor track championships and Del Taco visits into two weeks on the road, eliminating …

guest commentary by the Rev. Barry Abraham Zavah

June 23rd, 2016

The Reverend and the Texas Democratic Convention

By REV. BARRY ABRAHAM ZAVAH

Preamble 2016 Texas Democrats Party Platform: “Texas Democrats believe government exists to achieve together what we cannot achieve as individuals; and government must serve all people.”

We assembled at 8 o’clock Saturday morning. An advisory committee previously met in order to hammer-out a rough draft for …

news for veterans

news for veterans

June 16th, 2016

Death pensions to surviving spouses and children

By Harlan Hardy

Presidio County Veterans Service Officer

A Death Pension is a benefit paid to eligible dependents of wartime Veterans.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

 

Eligible dependents may qualify for a Death Pension if:

 

The deceased Veteran was discharged from service under other than dishonorable

conditions; AND

 

He or she served 90 days or more active duty with …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

June 16th, 2016

Blind Bard Explains Irony to the Confused

By GEORGE COVINGTON

Every day my readers are bombarded with millions of tidbits delivered by a variety of digital avalanches. Like me, I’m sure that most of my readers occasionally reflect upon “the good ol’ days” when information came from only a few printed sources and maybe a commentator or …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

June 2nd, 2016

What’s black and white and read all over?

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Rising every Thursday, from mailboxes and newsstands throughout the land, it ascends like a giant phoenix to spread its wings of influence across the Big Bend. It is the best little weekly newspaper in all of Texas: the Marfa Big Bend Sentinel.

Powered by the energy …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

June 2nd, 2016

The view from a giant’s shoulders: remembering David Hacker (1949-2016)

By STEVE LANG

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” – Isaac Newton

“Everyone should believe in something. I believe I’ll go fishing.” – Henry David Thoreau

Years ago, hanging out with David Hacker reminded me of an incident at …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

May 26th, 2016

50 years as an ink-stained wretch

By STEVE LANG

“The best time to plant a tree was 50 years ago.” – Chinese proverb\

“Newspaper readership is declining like crazy. In fact, there’s a good chance nobody is reading my column.” – Dave Barry

When I started working at The Grant County Herald in Elbow Lake, MN, in early June …

lone star green

lone star green

May 26th, 2016

Zika and climate change

Global warming driving ‘neglected’ tropical diseases our way

By GREG HARMAN

The deadliest creatures on the planet don’t consume their prey outright. They sip them. These stealthy meals are hardly felt at all—until the itch sets in. Then you know: mosquito.

Our chronically short memories have relegated these diminutive bloodsuckers to mere “pest” status. …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

May 19th, 2016

Blind Bard on the “other” Bard

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

My devoted readers – as I, the Blind Bard of the Big Bend, have often pointed out – are the Big Bend’s most highly intelligent, witty, and charming people.

Now I have proof of this allegation. At a recent gala, thrown by Liz Rogers, Grande Dame of Alpine …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

May 19th, 2016

Dispelling myths might spell disaster 

By STEVE LANG

“It is a damn poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a word.” – Andrew Jackson

“A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one.” – Baltasar Gracian

“Eye Amost Evr Spel Ah Werd Wong Annymoe, sinc eye goat alto pel.” – …

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