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¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

October 2nd, 2014

Get a green card or go home

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Why don’t Mexicans get green cards and come into the United States legally? After talking to people who have, the process is not hard and only takes a maximum of three years to do. By coming in illegally, they are taking the jobs from legal …

dispatch from DC

dispatch from DC

October 2nd, 2014

Remembering Andrew Madrid

By PETE P. GALLEGO

In small towns across South and West Texas, we all know each other. We know each other’s kids. We know each other’s parents. And, when tragedy strikes, we all know it. We feel it. We share it.

Recently, tragedy struck in Marfa with the sudden loss of Andrew Madrid, a freshman …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

September 25th, 2014

The nuanced language of Hispanics and Latinos

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: One of the things I have found enjoyable and profound is the use of language by Chicanos, mexicanos, and Mexican-Americans. Humor and a sardonic sense of history, in my view, are encapsulated in many everyday expressions. Two examples I can think of are the use …

desert fashion marfa style

desert fashion marfa style

September 25th, 2014

(photos by STEFANIA YARHI)A big trend emerging this season is fringe. It was seen on skirts, tops, and bags.

What’s hot at New York Fashion Week

By ASHLEY ROWE

Stefania Yarhi is a Toronto based photographer (and good friend!). She recently made her 11th trip down to New York for Fashion Week to photograph what’s …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

September 25th, 2014

On collected idiocies, wisdom and pick-up lines

By STEVE LANG

“If I had a dollar for every time I got distracted, I wish I had a puppy.” – Anonymous

My love of words, enjoyment of creativity and appreciation for the finished thought, regardless of origin, keep me laughing.

Idiocies, like wisdom, have long been collected, but methods of locating …

congressman’s comments

congressman’s comments

September 18th, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month– Highlighting the Past, Preparing for the Future

By U.S. REP. PETE P. GALLEGO

September 16th – or 16 de septiembre – is Mexico’s Independence Day. Here at home, it is the official kickoff to Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanics are an important and growing part of this multicultural mosaic known as the United States of …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

September 18th, 2014

Drink my whiskey, but don’t touch my water

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Legend has it that when the first Anglos arrived in the Big Bend, they found a large sign that read: we drink the whiskey and fight over the water. Of course, the sign was in Spanish with English subtitles. All of the Anglo settlers had …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

September 18th, 2014

The pains of being a DREAMer

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: A very close friend of mine is supposed to become a U.S. citizen. He was brought here by his parents when he was nine and has been illegal since then. When the laws changed, he went through a lot of hoops and it really didn’t look …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

September 11th, 2014

Steve Lang with his granddaughter, Aria.

This Grandpa’s not a carpenter

By STEVE LANG

“When I was little, my grandfather used to make me stand in the closet for five minutes without moving. He said it was elevator practice.” – Stephen Wright

“Grandpa was a carpenter/he built houses, stores and banks…” – John Prine

Two common types …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

September 11th, 2014

Cerveza Mexicana conquers the world

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Your column is typically about culture, society, love, life, and death. But I want to ask about something more important: beer. Why is Mexican beer bland? Most of the beer in Mexico is a variant of a light European lager. Sure, not all beers are that way. …

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