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Hispanic Heritage Month– Highlighting the Past, Preparing for the Future

By U.S. REP. PETE P. GALLEGO

September 16th – or 16 de septiembre – is Mexico’s Independence Day. Here at home, it is the official kickoff to Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanics are an important and growing part of this multicultural mosaic known as the United States of …


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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

Drink my whiskey, but don’t touch my water

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Legend has it that when the first Anglos arrived in the Big Bend, they found a large sign that read: we drink the whiskey and fight over the water. Of course, the sign was in Spanish with English subtitles. All of the Anglo settlers had …


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¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

The pains of being a DREAMer

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: A very close friend of mine is supposed to become a U.S. citizen. He was brought here by his parents when he was nine and has been illegal since then. When the laws changed, he went through a lot of hoops and it really didn’t look …


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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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west texas talk

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

The royal family of Mexico

By LONN TAYLOR

Tuesday was Diez y Seis, the 16th of September, Mexican Independence Day, a holiday that is celebrated in Mexico and wherever Mexicans live with far more intensity and for a longer duration than we celebrate the Fourth of July. I was once in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, on Diez y …


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correspondence

correspondence

Editor:

There are a lot of exciting things happening at Marfa ISD this year. One of them, I’m happy to announce, is the brand new Student Resource Center, a volunteer-staffed study space for free tutoring, college application help, and academic support. The SRC is a place where high school students at Marfa ISD can come get …


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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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