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¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

May 15th, 2014

Chickens in sombreros: a bit racist, but a bit funny

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: So, I had our graphic artist walked out off the room pissed the other day because the publisher asked my opinion over a Cinco de Mayo advertisement they were planning to publish and ended up publishing. The graphic showed a row of …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

May 15th, 2014

The age-old question of age

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

In the beginning there was the Word… and the Word was OOPS!! Understanding the preceding sentence will help my readers understand not only my outlook on life, but how they can better grasp the fates and furies that affect their very lives. As the BBBBS, which translates as …

the anti-fan

the anti-fan

May 15th, 2014

The price of vice

By JIM GORDON

University of Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson had a plan: transfer to pass-happy Rutgers, rack up a lot of yards, get drafted by the pros and start living the good life.

The first part he took care of, but before the next phase could be accomplished, alcohol, testosterone and the female of …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

May 8th, 2014

More tales of growing older but not up

By STEVE LANG

“It’s the second week of deer camp/And all the guys are here/We drink play cards and shoot the bull/But never shoot no deer…” – Da Yoopers

Based on our recent phone conversation, if Gary Perkins and I could hit our respective weights, we would be placed in …

cattlemen’s column

cattlemen’s column

May 8th, 2014

Let’s bolster the Checkoff program

By JASON PEELER

Texas beef producers will have the opportunity to vote for a Texas Beef Checkoff program beginning June 2 through June 6.  My family has raised wholesome, quality Texas beef for more than a century. We are voting yes, and here’s why.

This is a self-help program initiated by Texas cattle …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

May 1st, 2014

Day laborer line etiquette

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Is there a pecking order at the places where you see day laborers awaiting to be hired? What’s the hierarchy? Are all those dudes Mexican or are some Central and South American, and if so who has priority when the random contractor comes by to pick up a …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

May 1st, 2014

I love cats and dogs, but Millie was a real bitch

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

It’s been more than 20 years and I know I should let it go. However, the emotional wound to my fragile psyche will probably never heal. I was but a young, idealistic, and sensitive White House aide. She was a much-exalted member …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

May 1st, 2014

Outhouse memories still subject to tipping

By STEVE LANG

“I would sit me down to rest like a snowbird on his nest/And I’d read that Sears and Roebuck catalog.” – from “Ode to the Little Brown Shack Out Back,” by Bobby Bare

Plumbing-wise, I have straddled the threshold going out(door) or in(door).

I lived …

the anti-fan

the anti-fan

May 1st, 2014

Sterling punishment: a lesson in bigotry

By JIM GORDON

Let’s stipulate: Donald Sterling did tell his girlfriend that he didn’t want her bringing black people to the Los Angeles Clippers games.

Let’s stipulate: Donald Sterling is a racist creep.

Let’s stipulate: Donald Sterling has been a blight on the NBA landscape for 33 years — longer than most of …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

April 24th, 2014

Losing the Spanish language no es bueno

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Our grandparents came from Mexico. The entire next generation spoke Spanish. However, in my generation, pretty much none of us do. One cousin’s daughter does because the cousin married a fluently bilingual spouse. Most white people I know have long ago lost both, generally, awareness …

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