Category archives for: Editorials

IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SECEDE…

Lynn Ashby

Ski Texas! Go south to Canada! You can’t arrest me, officer. I’m a diplomat! All this will be true if our latest troops from the Republic of Texas have their way. Members claim that Texas never actually joined the Union and, since there is no national government here, they had a duty to form one. […]

COMMENTARY: The trials of traveling and technology

Lynn Ashby

SOUTH OF SEVEN OAKS — “Turn left at the next peacock crossing.” The Voice Lady in the dashboard is still talking to me. “Make a U-turn across the median.” And so it goes. I have a new Global Positioning System or GPS. Well, it’s new to me. I understand Vasquez de Coronado used one when […]

A deeper look into the 40 acres

Lynn Ashby

So you want you or your kid or that cousin wearing the ankle monitor to get into The University of Texas at Austin. You’ll have better luck with Harvard, Yale or the College of Cardinals. Better yet, become a state official, endow a chair (and table, too, the profs need them) or simply move to […]

MISSION UN-POSSIBLE

Lynn Ashby

MOSCOW — No, this one is in deep East Texas, a pleasant little town and the Gateway to Alto. But don’t tell anyone I’m here, especially the Texas Legislature. Let’s start at the beginning. Remember the Alamo? That is a question, not a battle cry. The old mission will soon be the One World Government […]

COMMENTARY: Ashby analyzes the life of a pundit…

Lynn Ashby

THE DEN – Let’s see what’s on TV this Sunday morning. Yes, the talking heads, waxing wisely on various subjects. but mostly politics, since that’s all they know. Some are knowledgeable and erudite, but nothing like William Buckley and Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Others are blowhards who make their point by shouting the loudest, and when […]

Is there anything you don’t need a license for?

Lynn Ashby

THE FRONT DOOR – “Hi, I’m Leon, here to fix your garbage disposal. I was told some idiot put a beer can down it.” Leon comes in with his tool chest, then puts on big socks over his shoes. He has a name badge on his pocket, first name sewn into his shirt, plastic clip […]

ASHBY: Will Fertitta float gambling into Texas?

Lynn Ashby

THE CASINO — Phat Duc, that inscrutable Asian hiding behind his dark glasses, takes another drag on his cigarette, and puts down five. Lubbock Slim (he didn’t quite make it to Amarillo) smiles his trademark smile and tosses in 10. The crowd gasps. Lucky Bunny makes it 15. I make it 25. Why not? Fortunately, […]

BUT FEAR ITSELF

Lynn Ashby

THE TV – “In other news,” the anchorman intones, then goes on to tell about wars, hopes for peace, etc. Notice what he did not say, what did not happen? Not a single panic-stricken word about Ebola. In America it is the Disease That Dissolved. When was the last time you heard any mention of […]

BEAT THE PRESS

THE OFFICE — Look to the left of that tree. It’s another tree, or so I’m supposed to think. That bush was not there last night. Here comes the postman. What do you think he really has in that bag? By the way, do I know you? No, I am not paranoid. I am a […]

WHERE THERE’S SMOKE

Lynn Ashby

THE TOBACCONIST – This is where I pick up my imported cigars, especially rolled for me by a little man east of the Urals. Well, not exactly. My boutique cigar store is Samuel’s Exclusive Club for Discriminating Clientele (some of you shorten it to Sam’s) and my expert connoisseur is Billy Joe, who prefers “a […]

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