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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

October 15th, 2015

Apples for intellects, Windows for the rest

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Disregarding politics and radical religions there are only two types of people on the beautiful blue marble we call home. This indisputable fact holds true even in our pristine, pretty, prickly pear part of paradise: those among us who use Apple computers and …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

October 15th, 2015

All the wrong answers

By STEVE LANG

“Of course, it is very important to be sober when you take an exam. Many worthwhile careers in the street-cleansing, fruit-picking and subway-guitar-playing industries have been founded on a lack of understanding of this simple fact.” – Terry Prachett

“Well, tests ain’t fair. Those who study have …

cattlemen’s column

cattlemen’s column

October 8th, 2015

Texas Beef Checkoff proves successful

By RICHARD THORPE

Texas cattlemen and women voted in a referendum in June 2014 to establish a state-level beef checkoff program to promote my personal favorite food product – beef. The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) supported passage of the referendum and it was overwhelmingly approved with …

hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

October 8th, 2015

Preventing foreign fighter and terrorist travel

By U.S. Rep WILL HURD

If you had told me on September 12, 2001 that over 14 years would go by without us seeing another major terrorist attack on U.S. soil, I would not have believed you. That seemed unlikely the day after 9/11.

Credit for this success …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

October 8th, 2015

Steve Lang and his son Zeb

On birthdays, life’s lessons, and not taking oneself seriously

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

“You’ll have your share of troubles, but just p*** on them.” – Cleve …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

October 1st, 2015

VALERIE HOWARD image

Nefarious rapscallion columnists exposed

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

I have known Lonn Taylor, my fellow Sentinel columnist, for more than 45 years and have nurtured a smoldering resentment for most of that time. He has always been a better speaker, writer, and thinker than me but that’s only a …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

October 1st, 2015

A Yogi for all meditative reasons

By STEVE LANG

“It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” – Yogi Berra (1925-2015)

I never met Yogi Berra, but I met two men who did.

One was a neighbor in New Jersey who, as a youth, played with Yogi’s sons.

The other was a pitcher on the 1973 …

Senator’s comments

Senator’s comments

October 1st, 2015

Passport to Texas: Big Tex’s annual fair

 By U.S. Sen. JOHN CORNYN

As the pages of the calendar turn from Summer to Fall each year, Texans always seem to have their eyes on one special event. Indeed, millions of Texans will begin their descent on Dallas this weekend for the traditions, deep-fried food, and …

hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

October 1st, 2015

Pope Francis inspires a spirit of cooperation

By U.S. Rep. WILL HURD

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of welcoming Pope Francis of the Holy See to the United States of America. Not only was this the Pope’s first trip to the U.S., it was also the first time in history that a …

hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

September 24th, 2015

State of the cloud: Texas’ role in our digital future

By U.S. Rep. WILL HURD

I’m going to share a secret with you that many folks in Congress don’t know.

Washington, D.C. is not the center of the universe.

While some of my colleagues may find this fact shocking, some of us know that …

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