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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 …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

February 4th, 2016

We’ll make our own myths, thank you!
By GEORGE A. COVINGTON
While the idiosyncrasies of us Big Bend folk runs the gamut from A to Z minus, few, if any, of us can be called elitist and even fewer would ever be called effete (with the possible exception of a few in Marfa who consider unfinished aluminum …

Senator’s comments

Senator’s comments

January 28th, 2016

El Paso Electric solar class eliminates choice

By state Senator JOSE RODRIGUEZ

With the most annual direct sunlight in the state, Far West Texas and El Paso should be leading efforts to promote solar energy. However, El Paso Electric’s proposal will stifle rooftop solar, crippling small businesses and eliminating consumer choice.

This will hurt …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

January 28th, 2016

Navy or gravy? A West Texas Viking’s dilemma

By STEVE LANG

“If the Vikings were around today, they would probably be amazed at how much glow-in-the-dark stuff we have, and how we take so much of it for granted.” – Jack Handey

“A bad rower blames the oar.” – Norse saying

“Mind your own …

guest commentary

guest commentary

January 21st, 2016

Bill gives mental health help to veterans

By state Sen. JOSÉ RODRÍGUEZ, state Rep. JOE MOODY, and state Rep. CESAR BLANCO

In addition to the nearly 150,000 active duty service members based at our state’s 15 military installations, Texas is home to more than 1.7 million veterans.

In our region, El Paso is home …

high desert sketches

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 …

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