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steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

January 19th, 2017

Abundant reader feedback

By STEVE LANG

“Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.” – John Steinbeck

“If you can’t annoy somebody, there’s little point in writing.” – Kingsley Amis

A writer without readers is like a traveler without a destination, or some such seemingly poignant observation that reads well hot …

Fight precedes death of Marfa teen

January 12th, 2017

Paul “Nuniz” Peña

MARFA – A fight between two Marfa teenagers on the Dairy Queen parking lot the evening of Tuesday, December 27, 2016 ended in the death of one of the boys.

The fight occurred between 18-year-old Marfa High School student Paul “Nuniz” Peña and 19-year-old Lucas Carrasco, Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez said.

But after …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

January 12th, 2017

Winter destinations and accompanying logic

By STEVE LANG

“Lately it occurs to me what a long, strange trip it’s been.” – Grateful Dead (Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Robert Hunter)

When is it appropriate to crank the Grateful Dead’s “Truckin’” to full volume?

According to Balgaard, at 2:30 a.m. on a non-stop jaunt from Minnesota to Colorado to …

hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

January 12th, 2017

Priorities for a second term: making government more responsible, efficient and accountable

By U.S. Rep. WILL HURD

As we welcome a new year and a new legislative session, my team and I are ready for another successful term.

The 115th Congress offers a fresh start for many legislative reforms that lawmakers have been working towards for years. Together, …

Bringing computer science to students and preparing them for the 21st century economy

Bringing computer science to students and preparing them for the 21st century economy

December 21st, 2016

By U.S. Rep. WILL HURD

Coding is the language of the 21st Century economy. If our students can’t speak it, they will be left behind. We must do a better job preparing our students for the jobs that don’t exist yet—and we’ve got to start at an earlier age.

Over 42,000 computer jobs go unfilled in Texas …

Letters to Santa

Letters to Santa

December 21st, 2016

Mrs. Morlock’s Kindergarten Class

 

Dear Santa Claus,

I love you. You’re the best Santa ever. We love you so, so much. We want to have a Merry Good Christmas. I am learning to read so much and thank you for coming to our school. Can you bring me a Kitty toy? Because I am trying to make …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

December 15th, 2016

The Christmas Goat (VALERIE HOWARD illustration)

Why I love Christmas . . . in New York

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

It is surprising how many Texans journey to the canyons of New York City for the Christmas holiday. They overcome their fear of all the myths and legends they have heard about the denizens of that mystical …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

December 15th, 2016

Bringing it all back home

By STEVE LANG

“A young man /from a small town/ with a very large imagination.” – John Prine

John Klingemann’s achievements sum up the high aspirations many parents have for their children.

I, on the other hand, may best exemplify one of Jimmy Buffett’s songs, as one of “the people our parents warned us …

hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

December 8th, 2016

A new agenda to give small business a break

Guest column by Ways & Means Chairman KEVIN BRADY

As chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, I am excited about our opportunity to finally deliver comprehensive tax reform that will empower small businesses in Texas and across the country. America’s small businesses embody the best of …

Turkey trots, pizza crawls, and airport cots

Turkey trots, pizza crawls, and airport cots

December 8th, 2016

By STEVE LANG

“People say there’s delays on flights. Delays, really? New York to California in five hours, that used to take 30 years, a bunch of people used to die on the way there, have a baby, you would end up with a whole different group of people by the time you got there. Now …

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