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steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

March 6th, 2014

50 years of fraternal memories

By STEVE LANG

“I think you’ll be glad later you weren’t here now.” – Robert Hoover (James Widdoes) in “Animal House”

All I truly know – or suspect – about college fraternities may be summed up in two hours of hilarity via Harold Ramis’ hit film “Animal House.”

One general secret to success seems …

the anti-fan

the anti-fan

March 6th, 2014

Tiger and “the bump”

By JIM GORDON

Sometimes all it takes is a bump.

A basketball player heading to the hoop loses the angle for his shot.

A wide receiver, thrown off stride, is late on a route.

A forward can’t quite get to a midfielder’s pass.

Such bumps, delivered by an opponent, are designed to destroy the timing of a …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

February 27th, 2014

The Mexican and familial hatred

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Why is there in every Mexican family a jealous cousin driven by insecurity?

Must Excuse Vulgar-A$$ Lingual Expression

Dear ME VALE: Take your pick. It’s because a) Your dad unwittingly insulted their dad back in the rancho when they were boys, and your cousin was taught to hate you …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

February 27th, 2014

Groping for a sense of place

 By STEVE LANG 

“I am here; and here is nowhere in particular.” – William Golding

According to a geographic horoscope/personality quiz, every place I supposedly belong is someplace else.

A website called “Buzzfeed” has designed a quiz titled “What state do you actually belong in?” According to my initial answers, it’s not my …

pen pal

pen pal

February 20th, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day to Marfa, from pen pal Clarence Jay Faulkner. The cake was made by Buns N’ Roses (it’s the real thing!)

Valentine’s Day epilogue

By CLARENCE JAY FAULKNER

Whew! I am so glad that Valentine’s Day is over!

I sure stuck my foot in my mouth by blurting out, “I’m hoping for a valentine …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

February 20th, 2014

Mexicans are vegetarians, too

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Do you agree with gente who think you can’t be vegetarian if you’re Mexican ’cause meat is an essential part of our diet? I’ve heard this argument three times within the last 24 hours from two blogs and The Today Show this morning. I think it’s babosadas. Like, …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

February 20th, 2014

Distances hard to explain to non-Texans

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

My East Coast friends have never been able to understand two things about Texas. The first quandary was why I moved back to Texas. Men had a simple answer, “You’ve gone nuts!” My female friends always said, “It’s a woman isn’t it?” I simply explained that it …

guest commentary

guest commentary

February 20th, 2014

The solar farm issue

By BETH DOLITTLE

I attended the Presidio County public hearing for citizen input on the proposed Reinvestment Zone and Possible Tax Abatement Agreement between Presidio County and Sun Power/Solar Star Texas, LLC.

I have to say, as far as public hearings go; it was a very insightful meeting and extremely civilized. The stakeholders from …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

February 20th, 2014

A phone call from Dave

By STEVE LANG

“A goose may honk but will not wave.” – Al Finley, created by Patrick F. McManus

Roughly 13 months ago, I called my old Minnesota friend Dave Balgaard on my new cell phone, both to test its range and to catch up.

Dave promptly called back this past Wednesday, land line …

what’s going on

what’s going on

February 13th, 2014

Somber times for Fort Davis students and their families

By ROBERT HALPERN

The troubling news this week that Fort Davis school board members voted to end its band and art programs – tennis, cross country, and golf won’t be offered next year, either – come down to a game of blame.

Blame small-town communities that are shrinking, sending …

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