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high desert sketches

November 27th, 2013

Venison, the original Thanksgiving chow

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

It’s time America got back to its historic roots. The first Thanksgiving dinner, we have all been told to believe, involved turkey, pumpkin pie and a harmonious meeting with friendly Indians and our well-dressed Puritan ancestors. However, history tells us that there were no turkeys. There were pumpkins, …

¡ask a mexican!

November 21st, 2013

Reconquista through assimilation and romance

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Long time reader, first-time writer about this noble Aztlán. I watched the brown pride marches of the early 1970s and heard the shouts of La Raza and how it was going to be different now that the “Chicano” had arrived. The Mexicans were going to change things for the …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

November 21st, 2013

Hunting season and old memories best forgotten

By STEVE LANG

“Any time a man ain’t (huntin’ or) fishin’, he’s frittering away his life.” – Rancid Crabtree, a.ka. Patrick F. McManus

The first words I heard from an old friend in over 30 years were recorded:

“This is Mike. Don’t bother leaving a voice message because I don’t check them.”

Mike …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

November 14th, 2013

Can terrorists enter the US through the Mexican border?

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Could it really be possible for a terrorist to sneak into the United States through the southern border, or is that just more fear-mongering from the conservatives?

Not Crazy about Quds 

Dear Poco Loco: Of course it’s possible, but we’re really not going to know …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

November 14th, 2013

A lighter-than-air crisis requires heavy contemplation

By STEVE LANG

“When things get too heavy, just call me helium, the lightest known gas to man.” – Jimi Hendrix

I learned the other day – during a vain attempt to purchase a birthday balloon – that an international helium shortage exists.

Subsequently, I am dealing with the challenges of taking this …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

November 14th, 2013

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

For my long career as a West Texas Columnist, BARD, SAGE, and General Commentator on all aspects of life in the Big Bend, I have long crusaded against those four legged, hoofed rodents with antlers called deer.

Last year’s column, which was filled with deep insights and cogent commentary of the nature of …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

November 7th, 2013

Chamacos in the street

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Mexcan: Why do so many Mexican parents let their kids play in the street unsupervised? I’m sure this practice isn’t limited to Mexicans, but it seems like some neighborhoods are filled with Mexican kids playing in the streets, not paying attention to traffic (no matter how quiet the street might …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

November 7th, 2013

An old tale of two festivals

The 47th annual Terlingua Chili Cookoff – both of them – are now history.

Like many fellow Brewster County residents, I yield the attendance chair to the tourists, the diehards and folks far more serious about chili than me. And I no longer possess the reflexes to avoid any repercussions of …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

October 31st, 2013

El Paso Chihuahuas and a suegro named Adolph

 

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: My hometown of El Paso is getting a new AAA baseball team. The owning group just announced the name: The El Paso Chihuahuas. Reasons given? The origins of the dog and the city’s location in the Chihuahua desert, and that it was family-friendly. Many …

lone star green

lone star green

October 31st, 2013

Prop 6 would waste billions getting water equation right

 

By GREG HARMAN

For a plan that purports to thoughtfully guide Texas through a more crowded and thirsty future, the 2012 State Water Plan reads unsettlingly like a playbook from the last century: dams to divert already limp river flows, big pipes pumping rural water hundreds of miles …

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