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steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

August 18th, 2016

Traversing inner space with sale-ing adventures

By STEVE LANG

“I am the world’s worst salesman. Therefore, I must make it easy for people to buy.” – F. W. Woolworth

“Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.” – Frank Zappa

No item truly sells itself any more than a story writes itself, but sometimes circumstances occur in …

cattleman’s column

cattleman’s column

August 18th, 2016

Supporting ranchers’ efforts to control fever tick

By J.D. CAGE

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) leaders and staff have heard from many members and ranchers regarding the recent spread of fever ticks in South Texas.

Fever ticks are capable of carrying a microscopic parasite that causes bovine babesiosis, also known as cattle fever. This disease causes acute …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

August 11th, 2016

The naked truth: life’s observations from Lt. Frank Drebin

By STEVE LANG

“Cheer up, Ed. This is not goodbye. It’s just I won’t ever see you again.” – Leslie Nielsen as Lt. Frank Drebin, “Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult”

Growing up, I sometimes wanted to be like Leslie Nielsen, who played Revolutionary …

hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

August 4th, 2016

Congressman visits Presidio and Alpine on Friday, August 12

Hitting the road in August and coming to a town near you

By U.S. Rep. WILL HURD

The best part of my job is meeting with families across the district. Each town, from San Antonio to El Paso, and every place in between, has their own …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

August 4th, 2016

The 1960s extended: Rocky Mountains and shaky memories

By STEVE LANG

“Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.” – Peter De Vries

“If you can remember anything about the sixties, you weren’t really there.” – Paul Kantner

“The Sixties are now considered a historical period, just like the Roman Empire.”  — Dave …

Guest commentary

August 4th, 2016

Economic benefits of immigration

By Brian Hanson

The majority of rural, foreign-born U.S. residents come from Latin America. And Latino immigrants are not only bringing population growth to rural America, they also bring economic growth. Economists have found that, nationwide, rural counties with larger proportions of Latino populations tend to be better off economically …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

July 28th, 2016

(image by VALERIE HOWARD)The UT Austin Tower

August 1, 1966; the terror at the UT Tower

By GEORGE COVINGTON

In the past half century I have seldom thought about the horrific events of August 1, 1966.

Looking back through the mist of 50 years, my first clear memory of that day …

what’s going on

what’s going on

July 21st, 2016

A tale of two appraisal districts

By ROBERT HALPERN

Perhaps you read both letters from Walter Hopper in last week’s issue. He pretty much eviscerated the Presidio County Appraisal District and the Appraisal Review Board.

Response letters to Mr. Hopper appear this week from Marfa property owner Mike Calvert and Richard Petree, the appraisal …

hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

July 21st, 2016

Those who seek to divide us won’t win

By U.S. Rep. WILL HURD

To those who are using fear and terror to try and divide our country, I have a message: You will not win.

When tragedies such as the ones that played out in Dallas and across the country this week happen, the …

gust commentary: reactions to Dallas police shootings

July 14th, 2016

State Sen. José Rodríguez:

“We can and will find a way to live together peacefully with respect for each other’s rights, but not until we have the very hard conversation required to right some wrongs in this country. Rather than deepening the divisions by continuing to play on the politics of fear, it is …

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