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steve’s funny column

April 6th, 2017

Quarterly additions to Lang’s greatest wits list

By STEVE LANG

“I love criticism just so long as it is unqualified praise.” – Noel Coward

“This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.” – Dorothy Parker

Thanks again to my readers – who have reached the dozens when falling for the …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

March 30th, 2017

Remembering Dan Logan

By STEVE LANG

Dan Logan

“Do not stand at my grave and weep/I am not there; I do not sleep.” – Mary Elizabeth Frye

“Bad jokes, Man, I love ‘em/Bad jokes, can’t get enough of ‘em,” – sung by Woody Harrelson and John C. Reilly in “A Prairie Home Companion”

My longtime friend, Dr. Dan Logan, …

hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

March 23rd, 2017

Far West Texas U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, left, and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, on the road in their rented Chevy Impala, somewhere between San Antonio and Washington, D.C.

The bipartisan road trip – ‘we can disagree without being disagreeable’

Bu U.S. Rep. WILL HURD

It all started with a cancelled flight due to …

guest column – u.s. senator john cornyn

guest column – u.s. senator john cornyn

March 16th, 2017

Don’t end NAFTA, fix it

By U.S. Sen. JOHN CORNYN

When looking for a model economy, Washington would be wise to look no further than Texas. The “great American jobs machine,” as we’re affectionately known, has been the economic engine that pulled our country out of the recent recession, singlehandedly adding more than one million jobs to …

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, …

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