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Bambi meets Godzilla

By TOM JACOBS

In the forgotten, great and brief Bambi Meets Godzilla, Bambi frolics gently in the forest, to the sound of sweet music. Once we are lulled into the happy scene, a giant foot appears and squashes Bambi. As a college student in the 1970s, I found this sidesplitting. But then, it was …


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steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

Appreciating teachers’ advice for roads not taken

By STEVE LANG

            “Good teachers are the ones who can challenge young minds without losing their own.” – Anonymous

“He who laughs most, learns best.” – John Cleese

Once again, I write about Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8) and teacher appreciation in general after its passing.

But, to quote Browning, for many …


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guest commentary

guest commentary

Waiting for Joe

By RICHARD MARK GLOVER

“Welcome, please sign in,” said the lady at the table near the front door. A yellow mum sprouted from her lapel. Behind her the open room started to fill with people. Large white men with white dress shirts gathered in the middle. I walked to the food table and picked …


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our senior Texas U.S. senator

our senior Texas U.S. senator

Patriot Act has never been more important

By U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas

After the Sept. 11 attacks, Americans began to look at our national security in a different light. No longer were the lines of battle neatly drawn and enemies easily identified. In the 21st century, threats would be constantly evolving and growing even more complex.

The …


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the idle american

the idle american

Irresistible chocolate chip cookies

By Dr. Don Newbury

Patrick Voith, an accomplished pilot who flies a sleek King Air 200 plane for M&F Western Products Co. in Sulphur Springs, would have stumped the panel had he appeared on the old TV quiz show, What’s My Line.

The cookie fancier pilot Patrick Voith.

He could have claimed …


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west texas talk

rambling boy

rambling boy

James Dean and Robert Hinkle on the set of Giant. (all photos and images courtesy of University of Oklahoma Press)

Hinkle and Dean and Giant and Marfa

By LONN TAYLOR

A few weeks back I wrote a column about what folks in Marfa told Louise O’Connor and Cecilia Thompson – authors of “Marfa and Presidio …


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our U.S. congressman

our U.S. congressman

Cybersecurity – it’s not just a buzz word

By WILL HURD

I started an unusual job after I graduated college. In the back alleys of foreign nations, I was recruiting spies and uncovering secrets.

I was an undercover officer in the Central Intelligence Agency.

Joining the CIA was based on my desire to serve our nation and protect our …


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correspondence

correspondence

An open letter to my friends, family, and community,

Are we sure we want to be against this natural gas pipeline going through Brewster County? We know it’s going to be dusty, we know it’s going to be dirty, we know it’s going to look ugly for a while, but what about our benefits? I don’t …


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