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steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

July 10th, 2014

Stuff that may be hazardous to my health…or yours

By STEVE LANG

“If I had my life to live over…I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously.” – Nadine Stair

This week, I have learned that the world needs more fewer people …

the road to excellence

the road to excellence

July 3rd, 2014

Property appraisals and taxes

By ANDREW PETERS

It takes two factors to figure one’s taxes: the property value and the tax rate. I have been asked to share information with the public about school property taxes.

First, I hoped you filed a protest; alas, the deadline has passed.

Second, on your personal home, make sure you have filed a …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

July 3rd, 2014

Child immigration along the southern US border

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican:

The tragedy currently playing out on the U.S. southern border has reminded me to once again ask my three-years-ago-posed and perhaps-more-relevant-than-ever question (slightly tweaked): If the U.S. had sponsored and funded infrastructural, educational, social and economic development in Mexico and Central America during the 1950s to the 1980s …

dispatch from DC

dispatch from DC

July 3rd, 2014

Honor our service members on the 4th

The Fourth of July is a very special day in our country’s history – more than just another federal holiday. It’s more than the excitement of fireworks or more parades. It’s more than barbecuing. It is literally a birthday – the birthday of freedom. On this day, in 1776, the …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

July 3rd, 2014

The age-old question of age

By STEVE LANG

“Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, age don’t matter.” – Satchel Paige.

Two of the best quotes on age, both listed above, were uttered by the legendary Satchel Paige, whose skin color denied him the opportunity to display his legendary …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

June 26th, 2014

Who’s a Mexican, really?

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican:

I think I might be Mexican – but there are some people who might disagree. Being that you are the source of all knowledge mexicano, I thought I might ask you. Here’s the deal: My ancestors left the US in 1847 knowingly and entered recognized territorio mexicano. The U.S. …

dispatch from DC

dispatch from DC

June 26th, 2014

Presidio and Ojinaga cattle trade back in business

By PETE P. GALLEGO

I’ve been the elected representative of the 23rd District of Texas for nearly 18 months now – and I’ve learned a lot. Some things I’m glad I learned. Some things not so much. No two days are the same. Some days are more frustrating than …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

June 26th, 2014

Going off the path, beaten and psycho

By STEVE LANG

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

For some strange reason, peers have long believed that I orbited a parallel universe, even before such descriptive phrases were readily used.

Years later, I borrowed …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

June 19th, 2014

The politics of language

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Why do some Mexicans expect us to learn Spanish instead of them learning English? (Note: I did say some, not most or all!) I’m offended whenever I am assaulted by listening to anything in Spanish on phone menus or see it on forms that I have to fill …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

June 19th, 2014

Offering a transplanted “Sound of Texas”

Steve Lang offers Bob “Tumbleweed Smith” Lewis his heartfelt rendition of “Streets of Stavenger.”

By STEVE LANG

“Mostly, you just interview interesting people.” – Susan Lewis to her husband, Bob, a.k.a. Tumbleweed Smith

Years ago, I spied a space-filling photo in a newspaper with the caption, “Useful talent,” depicting a …

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