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steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

March 16th, 2017

Tuning up to fiddle around the country

By STEVE LANG

“I was much distressed by the next door people who had twin babies and played the violin; but one of the twins died and the other has eaten the fiddle, so all is peace.” – Edward Lear

What do a certain tree in North Carolina and me have …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

March 9th, 2017

Meanwhile, back and forth on the ranch

By STEVE LANG

“No way, Cisco, no way Pancho/Why don’t you meet me back at the rancho?” — Van Morrison and Linda Gail Lewis

“Don’t you know you’re riding with the king?” – John Hiatt

Balgaard, Clint and the Pinzgauer

South Brewster County – Riding a Pinzgauer H-M A-T 4WD MUV over …

hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

March 9th, 2017

Constituent-driven policy: your opinions about Obamacare

By U.S. Rep. WILL HURD

Last week, I hosted my 13th live telephone town hall meeting in the last two years. Although they are no substitute for the 50-plus in-person town halls and more than 400 public events I have also led, telephone town hall meetings have allowed me to communicate …

our water matters

our water matters

March 2nd, 2017

What is a groundwater conservation district, and what dies it do?

By the Big Bend Conservation Alliance

Since 1904, Texas water law has been based on “the rule of capture,” which is derived from English common law. The rule of capture states that an owner of the land may pump unlimited quantities of water from under …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

February 16th, 2017

Last of the Canby cowboys

By STEVE LANG

“Ain’t that somethin’. Ain’t that a son-of-a-b#$*%!” – Vernon C. (V.C.) Johnson, 1924-2017

To classify Vernon Carl, or V.C. Johnson — who died Feb. 3 at 92 going on ornerier – merely as “memorable” would be an understatement and likely, an injustice.

“Unique” more accurately describes the last of the Canby, …

hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

February 9th, 2017

Rolling back government red tape

By U.S. Rep. WILL HURD

The last thing my constituents want is more vague and confusing government regulations that come at the expense of hardworking families and small businesses. But a punishing, ever-increasing morass of red tape forces small and family-owned businesses to spend countless hours, dollars and resources on compliance, …

Sul Ross State University statement on Zuzu Verk

Sul Ross State University statement on Zuzu Verk

February 6th, 2017

To the Sul Ross State University and the Alpine family:

By BILL KIBBLER,

Sul Ross State University President

We grieve the loss of our friend and fellow student Zuzu Renee Verk, as events of the past weekend have brought a tragic closure to her disappearance in October of this past year. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the …

Presidio mayor Comments on proposed border wall

January 26th, 2017

Presidio, TX – President Trump’s executive order to construct a wall along our nation’s southern border is a short-sighted political move that will not stop illegal immigration, nor will it do the hard work of alleviating the causes of why people choose to make a dangerous trek to be in our country in the first …

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 …

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 …

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