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September 5th, 2013

Sea-level rise: Texas lawmakers sleep as future storms gather strength

By GREG HARMAN

Five years ago, Hurricane Ike – one of the costliest storms in U.S. history – plowed into Galveston Bay chewing through $29 billion in homes, businesses, roads, and bridges. It further punished the Texas economy to the tune of $142 billion in the year …

steve’s column

steve’s column

September 5th, 2013

Remembering Dick Slaughter of Fort Davis

By STEVE LANG

“See that man, Wendy? That’s the meanest man in Alvin.” – Nolan Ryan, introducing his daughter to Dick Slaughter

Ten years ago, I received a Nolan Ryan autographed baseball.

Not unusual in Texas, but what was somewhat surprising was that Dick Slaughter probably had dozens of them around his house.

Dick, …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

September 5th, 2013

Asylum, familia, and great swimming ability

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: I have read (the usual suspects and a few Know Nothings) that illegals can say a few magic words to get temporary, pending review, asylum status. The reports say the illegals can claim asylum from drug gangs. My understanding is that fear of crime in one’s …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

September 5th, 2013

The new slavery

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

art by Valerie Howard

The institution of slavery was abolished by what many call “The Civil War,” and others call “The War of Northern Aggression.” Many of America’s rich feel that capitalism lost a substantial profit margin when slavery ended. Many in the South saw their capital …

lone star green

lone star green

August 6th, 2013

Abbott’s willful climate ignorance approaches the criminal

By GREG HARMAN

There comes a point that ignorance of the science supporting human-caused climate change becomes so willful that it enters the territory of the criminal – particularly for those with a say in shaping public policy around it. And perhaps nowhere are concerted, smart and rapid responses to …

steve’s column

steve’s column

July 3rd, 2013

$3 gopher bounty reason to go-for it

By STEVE LANG

“They’re (gophers) like the Vietcong. The varmint kong. So what you gotta do, you gotta fall back on superior firepower and superior intelligence. And that’s all she wrote.” – Bill Murray, a.k.a. Carl Spackler in “Caddy Shack”

During my formative years, gopher tails and gopher feet ranked between …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

July 3rd, 2013

Blame it on the Aztecs, or not

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Readers: My columna a couple of weeks ago about whether Aztec savagery influences violence in Mexico today drew muchos responses, both bueno and malo. Here are two:

Dear Mexican: I enjoy reading all your replies and was thinking about the last reply you wrote about the violence/Aztec …

steve’s column

steve’s column

June 27th, 2013

Getting out and amounting to something

By STEVE LANG

“Get out and amount to something; or at least, don’t embarrass us.” – unofficial Erdahl, Minn. motto

Ten years ago, Tom Ring and a companion stopped in Alpine after running across the floor of the Grand Canyon – then back again.

Tom had graduated from Rice as a mechanical engineer …

the road to excellence

the road to excellence

June 27th, 2013

Deciphering House Bill 5

By ANDREW PETERS

Last week the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced the initial requirements regarding the assessment component of House Bill 5, which was recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry.

House Bill 5 embodies significant changes to high school graduation requirements, the state assessment system and the state accountability system. In regards …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

June 27th, 2013

The beauty of a multi-ethnic child

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican:

After living in London for many years and marrying an inmigrante of South Asian Muslim origin, this Midwestern gabacha involuntarily relocated to southern Arizona recently with a mixta baby. Despite a few instances of being swarmed by the Border Patrol while out on walks and detained at border …

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