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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

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Je Suis Charlie, they will never kill all of the Crusader Rabbits

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Irony is often the fuel that powers satire. I found it extremely ironic that my last column Crusader Rabbit, My Hero for all Seasons, was written four days before the massacre of a dozen satirical writers …


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the idle american

the idle american

My Uncle Mort’s New Year…

By Dr. DON NEWBURY

From time to time, readers send email or call to pose similar questions: “Is your Uncle Mort real?” My unvarying rhetorical response is: “Do you want him to be?”

I sense their sinking feelings, let down by my failure to provide positive answers. I grudgingly admit that he is …


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How not to run an endurance race

How not to run an endurance race

“I started to get huge amounts of physical pain and psychological pain realizing I had 32 miles to go,” said Jeff Matheis, in his running gear.

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

For most, running an ultra-marathon requires months of training and hundreds of hours of conditioning to build up the endurance to accomplish such a feat. …


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the road to excellence

the road to excellence

Volunteers Who Care about Our Kids

By ANDREW PETERS

Each January, we pause to express our appreciation for a very special group of volunteers: the school board members.

Usually, we don’t think of school board members as school volunteers, but they do in fact volunteer to serve. School board members give their time, energy, and counsel to the …


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steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

Meeting the Messerschmidts

By STEVE LANG

“I laugh because I must not cry. That is all. That is all.” – Abraham Lincoln

For the past month, I have mourned the death of my wife, Clarissa Annette Kaiser.

My heartfelt thanks for the support and consolation from countless friends, family members, co-workers and acquaintances. The phone calls, cards, emails, Facebook …


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the rambling boy

the rambling boy

The story of the Battleship Texas

By LONN TAYLOR

The Battleship Texas, commissioned in 1914 and decommissioned in 1948, a veteran of both World Wars, has been a Texas tourist attraction for nearly 70 years, moored at a dock adjacent to the San Jacinto Battleground. You used to go to San Jacinto to visit the Monument, clamber …


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correspondence

correspondence

Editor:

Marfa ISD is in its fifth year of providing a competitive robotics program for our students. I am writing to ask you for a donation to this year’s program.

We have 15 high school students (out of 84 total high school students) involved this year. You may be familiar with previous robotic success at MISD. These were …


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the rambling boy

the rambling boy

Remembering Bryan Woolley

By LONN TAYLOR

I was just getting ready to leave the house for church last Sunday morning when I got an e-mail from El Paso writer Marcia Daudistel telling me that our friend Bryan Woolley had died in Dallas on Friday. Woolley was a Fort Davis boy who wrote one of the best novels …


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