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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

December 17th, 2015

Why librarians may save the world

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

The Twenty First century’s most valued commodity is information. The ability of information to manipulate the value of gold, oil, or public opinion cannot be denied. Misinformation can drop the value of most material things in an instant. Misinformation can cause a major …

ask a lawyer

ask a lawyer

December 17th, 2015

Civil rights and speeding tickets

Dear Ask a Lawyer,

About a year ago I received a traffic ticket for speeding. Despite my best efforts to pay the ticket, I am unable to afford the ticket on my minimum wage salary. Late fees and court costs have made the total I owe even more difficult …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

December 10th, 2015

(VICTORIA HOWARD image)Money vs. Justice

Why I don’t practice law

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Everyone goes through life with at least one question recurring continually. Sometimes the question is simple, such as “Why did you move to Alpine?” “What’s a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?” or “When …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

December 10th, 2015

That punny time of year

By STEVE LANG

“Wit and puns aren’t just decor in the mind; they’re essential signs that the mind knows it’s on, recognizes its own software, can spot the bugs in its own program.” – Adam Gopnik
  “. . . All the shops have been smashed open. There was a …

library talk

library talk

December 3rd, 2015

Library holiday party is December 17

By MANDY ROANE

It’s finally December and that means one thing here at the library—it’s almost time for our annual Holiday Party.

Please join us Thursday, December 17 for lunch, holiday music and even a visit from Santa! This year’s party will be from 10am-2pm, but Santa will only …

hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

December 3rd, 2015

Think small: supporting our family-owned small businesses

By U.S. Rep WILL HURD

I love coffee. Especially when that cup of joe comes from a local coffee shop in one of our rural Texas towns. I put hundreds of miles on my car every week traveling the district and one of my favorite things to …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

December 1st, 2015

The wonderful wacky world of words

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

I have always been fascinated with words, their history, and ever-changing meaning. As a teenager I found a crumbling dictionary copyrighted more than 50 years before I had discovered it in a box of discarded and much-abused books. The term “punk” had just come …

cattlemen’s column

cattlemen’s column

December 1st, 2015

Working to permanently scrap the EPA water rule

 By PETE BONDS, president

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

As most ranchers and landowners know by now, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues waging a war against ranchers and private property owners across the nation by trying to implement its flawed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

December 1st, 2015

In a word, one may be too many

By STEVE LANG

“What’s another word for Thesaurus?” – Steven Wright

“There’s great power in words, if you don’t hitch too many of them together.” – Josh Billings

As Thanksgiving approaches, my father’s annually-annoying question resurfaced.

“Do you know how Thanksgiving got its name?” he …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

November 19th, 2015

Some habits are best snuffed

By STEVE LANG

“I’ve been using it (Copenhagen) for 15 years and I’ve never had any trouble with worms or long relationships.” – Robert Earl Keen

Blame this column on my eclectic musical preferences, specifically Robert Earl Keen.

Texas troubadour Keen and I cut through those proverbial six degrees …

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