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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.” – …

hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

May 19th, 2016

Honoring our heroes

A grateful people say thank you

By U.S. Rep. WILL HURD 

The 23rd Congressional District of Texas has a very special relationship with the U.S. Military. With Fort Bliss on the western edge, Joint Base San Antonio on the East and Laughlin Air Force Base in between, soldiers and airmen are as ubiquitous to our district …

hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

May 12th, 2016

Getting the government out of their way

By U.S. Rep. WILL HURD 

Castroville small business owner Lori Krieger recently shared a thought with me via Twitter – “When you buy from a small business, you’re not helping a CEO buy a 3rd holiday home. You’re helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy his team …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

May 12th, 2016

Commencing to offer graduated advice

By STEVE LANG

“Go first in the world, go forth with your fears, remember a choice must be made.” – Gordon Lightfoot

“I’ve never been to Harvard; I’ve never been to Yale; I got my education in the Grant County Jail.” – Anonymous

“Seven years of college down the drain. Might as well join …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

May 5th, 2016

Food of the future, go gourmet, go grubs

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Cows are obsolete. Lambs and goats are so last century. As we all know, the earth is rapidly running out of fresh water, land, and farmers. While many seem reconciled to accepting that soon there will only be the rich and the rest, we may …

ranching column

ranching column

May 5th, 2016

The condemnation process: not a willing buyer-willing seller deal

By LESLIE KINSEL, TSCRA director

with LARAMIE ADAMS, TSCRA director of public affairs

There are many stories of citizens’ land being condemned by public or private entities using the power of eminent domain, and the stories are generally not good. When we go to Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

May 5th, 2016

On sabbaticals and retirement’s pitfalls

By STEVE LANG

“As a professional journalist, I have always been fascinated by people who appear to have even more spare time than I do.” – Dave Barry

A sabbatical, which awaits me within the next 10 days, has been defined as “a break or change from a normal routine (as of employment).”

Cynics …

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