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high desert sketches

January 21st, 2016

Lawyer jokes are free; justice costs money

By GEORGE A. CONVINGTON

All I can remember from my first day in law school was a lawyer joke told by my teacher, the legendary Dean Page Keaton. He told us, “There was a doctor, a preacher, and a lawyer on a raft surrounded by man-eating sharks …

guest commentary

guest commentary

January 21st, 2016

Children come first in the family budget

By state Sen. CARLOS I. URESTI

Legislators like to say that we should craft a state budget with the same care and fiscal responsibility we use when we are creating our family’s budget around the kitchen table. In my house, the basic needs of my children always …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

January 21st, 2016

Misadventures in babysitting

By STEVE LANG

“I applied for a job as a babysitter. I was asked if I had ever watched kids before, evidently, ‘from my car’ wasn’t a good answer.” – Unknown

“I don’t think your parents will ever ask me to babysit for them again.”

“If they do, I’d ask them …

hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

January 21st, 2016

Ending modern day slavery

By U.S. Rep. WILL HURD

There is an epidemic in our country that can impact anyone, regardless of race, gender, location and socio-economic status. It is called Human Trafficking and it is a modern day form of human slavery.

Worldwide, there are between 21 million and 30 million men, women and …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

January 21st, 2016

Lynn Carlson

Semi-retirement and bucket lists

By STEVE LANG

Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” – Anonymous

Lynn Carlson undoubtedly had a number of pleasant options on how to spend his 65th birthday.

Instead, he chose to climb into his airplane on an overcast Minnesota December …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

January 21st, 2016

Blind Bard’s disappointments and predictions

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

I have had many disappointments in the previous year. I have selected only a few that may bring my devoted readers inspiration, comfort, or confusion.

For inspiration it is difficult to surpass the achievements of the much maligned and certainly misunderstood Koch brothers. In the …

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 …

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