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dispatch from DC

dispatch from DC

June 26th, 2014

Presidio and Ojinaga cattle trade back in business

By PETE P. GALLEGO

I’ve been the elected representative of the 23rd District of Texas for nearly 18 months now – and I’ve learned a lot. Some things I’m glad I learned. Some things not so much. No two days are the same. Some days are more frustrating than …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

June 26th, 2014

Going off the path, beaten and psycho

By STEVE LANG

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

For some strange reason, peers have long believed that I orbited a parallel universe, even before such descriptive phrases were readily used.

Years later, I borrowed …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

June 19th, 2014

The politics of language

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Why do some Mexicans expect us to learn Spanish instead of them learning English? (Note: I did say some, not most or all!) I’m offended whenever I am assaulted by listening to anything in Spanish on phone menus or see it on forms that I have to fill …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

June 19th, 2014

Offering a transplanted “Sound of Texas”

Steve Lang offers Bob “Tumbleweed Smith” Lewis his heartfelt rendition of “Streets of Stavenger.”

By STEVE LANG

“Mostly, you just interview interesting people.” – Susan Lewis to her husband, Bob, a.k.a. Tumbleweed Smith

Years ago, I spied a space-filling photo in a newspaper with the caption, “Useful talent,” depicting a …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

June 12th, 2014

The Mexican and the Mexi-tan

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: I read your column some time ago about why Mexicans go swimming in their undershirts. But I think you missed something. All us Mexican guys are terribly un-tanned. Lift up my sleeve, and it looks like someone dipped my arm in the deep fryer, at least after …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

June 12th, 2014

From Greece to Rome to the Last Frontier

By GEORGE COVINGTON

One of the greatest influences for me in the middle school years was the Rocky & Bullwinkle television show. I learned the clever use of satire, puns, and double entendres (look it up). The clever little flying squirrel and his fumbling, bumbling sidekick moose taught me …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

June 12th, 2014

Slingin’, not ridin’, the bull

By STEVE LANG

“The only good reason to ride a bull is to meet a nurse.” – Anonymous cowboy wisdom

This past week, I celebrated my 16th year of residence in a locale where I probably remain out of place; especially if you believe online tests proposed to define …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

May 29th, 2014

Mexican greeting customs

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: While vacationing in Mexico, a couple of times I have had vendors or waiters address me as chica. I didn’t think much about it at the time, but while relating a conversation with one of these guys to a Mexican friend of mine back in the U.S., he insisted …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

May 29th, 2014

Hog heaven or hell?

By GEORGE A COVINGTON

Seven years ago I wrote a column that I knew one day would be looked upon as prophecy. Feral pigs had been seen on the outskirts of Alpine and in pecan groves west of town. Radio Ray Hendryx told me of a yard in Carpenter Addition that had been …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

May 22nd, 2014

When non-English speakers really speak English

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: I’m a half-mexicana, half-gabacha working as an appointment scheduler in a medical office. I’m one of a handful of schedulers there that speak Spanish. I’ve notice in the years I’ve been working in this field that about seven to eight times out of 10, when a …

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