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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

March 31st, 2016

George Covington surrounded by Charlie’s Angels.

You once could be a politician and a gentleman
By GEORGE A. COVINGTON
In my 20 years as a denizen of the East Coast, I met many remarkable people. I had lunch with Julia Childs, who I later discovered had been an American spy during World War II. She said that …

rancher’s column

March 24th, 2016

SCRA remains active on state issues during interim
By PETE BONDS
The 85th Texas legislative session will convene on January 10, 2017 in Austin. This date may seem like a long time from now, however it will be here before we know it. We must keep in mind that pre-filing of legislation starts in November. It …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

March 24th, 2016

White squirrels, unexpected destinations, and Key West, Florida
By STEVE LANG
“He would have been in the hospital longer, but he took a turn for the nurse.” – Andrew Lang
“As the choir sang, ‘I surrender all’/The squirrel ran up Harv Newlan’s coveralls/Harv leaped to his feet and said, ‘Somethin’s got a hold on me!’” – Ray Stevens …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

March 17th, 2016

I’m glad she didn’t have a gun

By GEORGE COVINGTON

My first experience with academia was Miss Steele’s first grade class at Grim Elementary. I received a paddling the first day of the first grade and had three ping pong paddles broken on my little behind over the next nine months. I’m just glad she didn’t have …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

March 3rd, 2016

Build a fence and save West Texas
By GEORGE CONVINGTON
There is an approaching apocalypse that has not seen its like since the days of Armageddon, both the Bible and the movie. On February 22, a group of the world’s leading scientists announced that the oceans were rising at a rate unseen in 2,800 years.
Unlike those folks who …

hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

February 25th, 2016

The legendary Buffalo Soldiers
By U.S. Rep. WILL HURD
Black History Month gives us an opportunity to highlight contributions made by African Americans to the greatness of the United States. One of the hallmarks of our country is our strong military tradition. Having spent nine years as an undercover officer in the CIA, I had the privilege …

hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

February 18th, 2016

Working to put patients back in charge of their health care

By U.S. Rep WILL HURD
ObamaCare was passed amidst a lot of promises – lower premiums, smaller out-of-pocket costs, claims that the average family would save about $2,500 a year, and maybe most famously, the President’s pronouncement “That if you like your health care plan, you …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

February 18th, 2016

Blame the first grade for my Valentine attitude
By GEORGE A. COVINGTON
If you didn’t get my Valentine card it’s because I didn’t send you one. When Miss Steele’s 1st grade class at Grim Elementary exchanged Valentine cards I didn’t get any. You were supposed to take the little cutouts and write the name of a student …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

February 11th, 2016

Signing off on ties that blind
By STEVE LANG
“There’s more Windsor in that knot than this place pours in a week.” – Larry Hudson
“I don’t suppose a writing man ever really gets rid of his old crocus-yellow neckties. Sooner or later, I think, they show up in his prose, and there isn’t a hell of a …

cattleman’s column

cattleman’s column

February 4th, 2016

Dietary guidelines reaffirm beef’s role in a healthy diet 
By DR. RICHARD THORPE
On January 7, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final version of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The report comes after the agencies deliberated over a year on what exactly should be …

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