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the idle american

the idle american

October 3rd, 2013

Steering in the right direction

By Dr. Don Newbury

A half-century ago, cigarette companies flew on the wings of advertising that blitzed the nation like June bugs in Mr. McGregor’s garden. Chesterfield took on Benson and Hedges, claiming its smokes were “a silly millimeter longer.” That meant 101 millimeters to B&H’s 100.

Granted, the government has since intervened, …

Words of advice to the Alpine City Council

Words of advice to the Alpine City Council

September 30th, 2013

By DALE CHRISTOPHERSON

This is a modified version of a communication I sent to all members of the Alpine City Council late Friday, September 27 regarding the process to be used to employ a new City Manager.  Three links to very useful recommendations found on the web site of the International City Management Association were included.

Late …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

September 26th, 2013

Prison systems and enchilada recipes

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: With the current state and federal prison system spitting out even harder criminals due to over crowding and gang activity allowed to a certain degree by the ‘system,’ while considering the small percentage of inmates who actually make it out and live a positive life…why are some …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

September 26th, 2013

Chemically imbalanced: right times for wrong answers

By STEVE LANG

  “Instead of having “answers” on a math test, they should just call them “impressions,” and if you got a different “impression,” so what, can’t we all be brothers?” – Jack Handy

  Virtually everything I know about chemistry came from “Watch(ing) Mr. Wizard,” and the …

the idle american

the idle american

September 26th, 2013

News from the zoo

By Dr. Don Newbury

 We should count our blessings daily that Noah herded animals onto the ark. They’ve gotten basically “good press” ever since, even as much of the world crumbles around them.

Why? Because they rejoice, thinking every day is created just for them. Even when they foul up, we chalk it up …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

September 19th, 2013

Why does Mexico’s national soccer team suck?

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Can I “Ask a Mexican” why El Tri sucks so much? And why a little stadium in Columbus, Ohio was louder and more passionate than Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, which seats MORE THAN 100,000? Can I also ask why a country that lives and …

lone star green

lone star green

September 19th, 2013

Population arguments blame babies instead of bad policies

 By GREG HARMAN

When The Population Bomb exploded on the scene in 1968 with breathless warnings that humans were breeding themselves into a global environmental catastrophe, it got a lot of people talking about the earth’s finite resources for the first time. It also launched many heated public discussions …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

September 19th, 2013

Keeping history in the rear view mirror

By STEVE LANG

“Don’t look back; something might be gaining on you.” – Satchel Paige

A sure way of chronicling past and present – and where you fit in – is to read a hometown newspaper.

In one particular issue, I scanned a tribute I had written of …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

September 19th, 2013

They ban them, burn them, and sometimes read them

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

There seems to be a day, a week, or a month dedicated to almost everything that exists on the beautiful blue marble called Earth. I have always wondered why we have not set aside a specific time to recognize the achievements of the despotic, …

Gringo seeks advice to date a hot Latina

Gringo seeks advice to date a hot Latina

September 12th, 2013

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: I’m a very white man who lives in a small town about 13 miles from the Mexico border. In this small town there is a coffee shop, and an attractive Mexican lady started working there. She does not speak English. I have a Spanish/English dictionary, and I have been writing her …

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