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high desert sketches

December 19th, 2013

Santa sage says don’t give electronics for Christmas

 

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

I am not a Luddite, but when it comes to the newer technologies I might learn to be. I have lived most of my life in the era of the typewriter. When you wrote something on a typewriter, be it a whimsical poem, a satirical …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

December 19th, 2013

What books on Mexicans should I buy this year?

 

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Readers: Behold your favorite Mexican’s annual Christmas gift guide, where I give shout-outs to some of my favorite books that deserve your money this holiday season! And for once, I won’t recommend my books—¡Ask a Mexican!, Orange County: A Personal History, and Taco USA: …

guest column

guest column

December 19th, 2013

The season of giving

 

By U.S. REP. PETE P. GALLEGO

For Christians in Texas, as well as in the United States and the rest of the world, we prepare for the birth of Jesus over the next few days. In my family, nativity sets, midnight Mass, gifts and special foods are all part of the Christmas tradition.

The …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

December 12th, 2013

“Cultural” issues based on economics

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: You mocked and didn’t answer the legitimate questions raised in a letter to you a couple of weeks ago, about the guy who didn’t see a rosy future for a Mexican-led America. The writer correctly referred to serious problems in the Hispanic community, such as poor academic …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

December 12th, 2013

Avoid slipping on the results of accidental research

By STEVE LANG

“Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” Wernher von Braun

“There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.” – Rex Stout

I am not exactly certain how this research evolved, but I suppose I …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

December 5th, 2013

Holy guacamole, learn to drink atole

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: I find myself at odds with my peers because I don’t like coffee or coffee drinks. I need to find a substitute beverage that will be tasty yet somehow hip. I’ve heard that Mexicans have magical chocolate drinks called atole, champurrado, and chocolate, but I don’t …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

December 5th, 2013

On gravy, retirement, and general maturity

By STEVE LANG

“Remember, you may have to grow old, but you don’t have to mature.” – Steve Smith, a.k.a. Red Green

I planned to write a statistical column on gravy – the heart of Thanksgiving meals and others – but my search was futile and the holiday slipped by.

I also learned …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

November 27th, 2013

Manufacturing scapegoats through lack of education

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO 

Dear Mexican: My father and mother were able to come over because after the “yellow scare” was over, the States didn’t seem to mind that Chinese were coming over here by the boat loads.  Since my parents were given visas and green cards pretty easily, my father was …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

November 27th, 2013

Venison, the original Thanksgiving chow

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

It’s time America got back to its historic roots. The first Thanksgiving dinner, we have all been told to believe, involved turkey, pumpkin pie and a harmonious meeting with friendly Indians and our well-dressed Puritan ancestors. However, history tells us that there were no turkeys. There were pumpkins, …

¡ask a mexican!

November 21st, 2013

Reconquista through assimilation and romance

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Long time reader, first-time writer about this noble Aztlán. I watched the brown pride marches of the early 1970s and heard the shouts of La Raza and how it was going to be different now that the “Chicano” had arrived. The Mexicans were going to change things for the …

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