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rambling boy

rambling boy

May 2nd, 2013

Américo Paredes and the beginning of Chicano studies

By LONN TAYLOR

This Cinco de Mayo is the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, in which a Mexican army led by Texas-born General Ignacio Zaragoza defeated an army of French invaders. It is also the 14th anniversary of the death of Américo Paredes, a Texan who fought …

correspondence

correspondence

May 2nd, 2013

We would like to address some of the misinformation that has been spread around lately about the use of CSCOPE in the Marfa, Alpine, and Fort Davis ISD’s. CSCOPE is a comprehensive online curriculum management system. The CSCOPE system includes a curriculum framework for grades K-12 in all foundational academic subject areas aligned to the …

the anti-fan

the anti-fan

April 25th, 2013

Boston Marathon
Good over bad a bedrock belief

By JIM GORDON

Ordinary things were used to create extraordinary pain at the Boston Marathon on April 15.

A pressure cooker. A few nails and other pieces of metal.

The perversion of the use of everyday materials — pots are designed to feed, not kill; nails are designed to build, not destroy …

rambling boy

rambling boy

April 25th, 2013

The regret of never having been to Saba

By LONN TAYLOR

My friend and frequent correspondent Jim Bratcher of Bulverde suggested some time ago that I should write a column about regrets that I have. Everyone has regrets, he told me, and therefore a column about regrets would strike a chord with all of my readers. It …

golliver – regulation bad

golliver – regulation bad

April 25th, 2013

correspondence

correspondence

April 25th, 2013

Five years ago, as a newly commissioned Texas Game Warden, I drove my family to Marfa for the first time upon being assigned to Presidio County. Before becoming a Game Warden, I served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Mississippi, California, and Wyoming. I can definitely say that Marfa is the most …

the anti-fan

the anti-fan

April 19th, 2013

66 years later, two decisions still echo

By JIM GORDON

There’s the right side of history and the wrong side. The film 42, which hit theaters Monday, shows two white Southerners, one on one side and one on the other.

Alabama-born manager Ben Chapman was hardly the only racist in Major League Baseball, but in April 1947, he …

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