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steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

June 18th, 2015

Batter up: tracing baseball’s Renaissance roots

 By STEVE LANG

 “The strongest thing that baseball has going for it today are its yesterdays.” – Lawrence Ritter

“Baseball is a game dominated by vital ghosts; it’s a fraternity, like no other we have of the active and the no longer so, the living and the dead.” – Richard Gilman

Historians have …

the idle american

the idle american

June 18th, 2015

Uncle Mort on aging

By Dr. Don Newbury

On a night when sleep was fitful, I caught the tail-end of a TV talk show. A guy quoted my Uncle Mort, who believes drinking buttermilk daily is the secret of his longevity.

Of all the claims I’ve heard Mort make—and there are many—none I recalled involved buttermilk.

First thing the …

the money man

the money man

June 4th, 2015

What’s your guitar solo?

By TOM JACOBS

There were so many benefits when the band Alexei Martov recently filmed part of a music video at our gallery. Not only were they such talented, hardworking, polite, bright, and fun guys (cue your mother: “Such fine young men.”), but one of their entourage lit up the …

guest commentary

guest commentary

May 29th, 2015

Stop the pipeline project, let the peoples’ voices be heard

By PETE GALLEGO

Our part of Texas is special. Remember the “Don’t Mess With Texas” motto? That applies out here, too. It’s about respect. We don’t take kindly to outsiders potentially messing in our neighborhoods or with our way of life.

The consortium of companies that make up the …

our texas state senator

our texas state senator

May 28th, 2015

Unaccountable “border security” spending

The Texas Senate this week voted to approve HB 11, the “border security” bill that expands DPS’ staffing and mission with little oversight or accountability, adding not only to the billion-dollar tab already credited to state with no clear purpose but now creating an obligation for future Legislatures.

By JOSE D. RODRIGUEZ

This bill …

the money man

the money man

May 28th, 2015

We are mental

By TOM JACOBS

We are all more human than otherwise. We don’t behave rationally with money. Our brain plays tricks on us. We have emotions.

You find a $10 bill on the street. How do you feel? Found money? Free money! The brain clicks into immediate gratification mode. This is our animal side. We are …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

May 28th, 2015

 

Big Bend’s many states of mind

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

The Big Bend of Texas is not a region, but a state of mind composed of many little regions sometimes occupied by little minds. That’s why it is occasionally called the Big Bent. Alpine, Marfa, Fort Davis, Presidio, Terlingua, and Marathon are all worlds unto themselves.  Each …

our senior texas u.s. senator

our senior texas u.s. senator

May 28th, 2015

How to restore trust in our criminal justice system

By JOHN CORNYN

On a recent visit to Dallas, I met a man named James. James started experimenting with drugs in high school and became addicted to methamphetamine. He spent the next decade in and out of jail and was arrested nearly 35 times. Despite good intentions, every …

the idle american

the idle american

May 28th, 2015

Small town shenanigans

By Dr. Don Newbury

Home towns keep bars held high when they measure up to the ways they are remembered. Memories’ afterglow is abundant with “warm fuzzies.” We gather memory bouquets of roses, giving little thought to thorns encountered in their gathering.

Folks growing up in small towns believe experiences during their youth are unique, …

the money man

the money man

May 21st, 2015

Bambi meets Godzilla

By TOM JACOBS

In the forgotten, great and brief Bambi Meets Godzilla, Bambi frolics gently in the forest, to the sound of sweet music. Once we are lulled into the happy scene, a giant foot appears and squashes Bambi. As a college student in the 1970s, I found this sidesplitting. But then, it was …

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