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steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

Steve Lang with his granddaughter, Aria.

This Grandpa’s not a carpenter

By STEVE LANG

“When I was little, my grandfather used to make me stand in the closet for five minutes without moving. He said it was elevator practice.” – Stephen Wright

“Grandpa was a carpenter/he built houses, stores and banks…” – John Prine

Two common types …


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¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

Cerveza Mexicana conquers the world

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Your column is typically about culture, society, love, life, and death. But I want to ask about something more important: beer. Why is Mexican beer bland? Most of the beer in Mexico is a variant of a light European lager. Sure, not all beers are that way. …


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cattlewomen’s column

cattlewomen’s column

Securing Texas Landowners’ Private Property Rights

 By Leslie Kinsel, TSCRA Legislative and Tax Committee chair, with Laramie Adams, TSCRA director of public affairs

Since the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) was established in 1877, one of the association’s top priorities has been to represent landowners by working to preserve and protect private property …


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congressman’s comments

congressman’s comments

Congress is back in D.C.

By PETE P. GALLEGO 

I’ve heard it said in Texas that “life, liberty and property are only safe when the Legislature is not in session.” I think many would argue that this is even more true of Congress. And, Congress officially returned to Washington from its August recess this past Monday.

On the …


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¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

The Mexi-mullet ready for style re-birth

 

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexian: After having done labor organizing work with Mexicans, I am greatly puzzled as to why all the white, lower-class Mexicans I have come across have these weird, ratty hairdos that are so God-awful that they rival what my male redneck cousins were doing to themselves in …


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west texas talk

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

By LONN TAYLOR

If you have never heard of the Bankhead Highway you are about to. The Texas Historical Commission is undertaking a massive effort to research, inventory, and publicize the Texas section of this coast-to-coast highway, built in the 1920s from Washington, D.C. to San Diego, California. It was named for the author of the …


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correspondence

correspondence

Editor:

I would like to respond to a recent letter (August 28) suggesting that readers vote for Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte.

I myself had considered supporting Leticia until I learned that she favors the Enterprise Fund and other corporate welfare programs. Why should corporations get handouts while communities are struggling to fund education, law …


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rambling boy, the

rambling boy, the

The bear fights of Texas

 

By LONN TAYLOR

Rick Perry is not the first governor of Texas to be indicted. That was James E. Ferguson, who was indicted by a Travis County grand jury in 1917. The charges were different, but the underlying causes were the same: arrogant egotism and a penchant for personal vindictiveness on the …


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