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TAKE IT ON THE LAMB

Lynn Ashby

Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was white as snow; and everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go. It followed her to school one day, which was against the rule; It made the children laugh and play, to see a lamb at school. — Sarah Josepha Hale Associated Press – A […]

STATUE OF LIMITATIONS

Lynn Ashby

If we could change history, I probably would have picked Poland over Germany and given Custer the edge. Alas, we must make do with what we have. That is why students at The University of Texas at Austin — henceforth known as The (The is part of the name) University or UT — should leave […]

VAULTS ACROSS TEXAS

MY BACK YARD – Just dig a big hole, dump the bars in here, cover them up, and the problem is solved. I won’t charge the state more than, say, 100K a year. What a savings for Texas. In case you missed the story, let me back up. The State of Texas has been storing […]

COMMENTARY: Lost and found on the streets and highways of Texas

Lynn Ashby

SOUTH OF SOMEWHERE – If I take a right at the next intersection, then a left and another left, I will be, uh, a bit left and right of where I am now, wherever that is. The main thing is not to get killed in an auto wreck here. My family will gather around my […]

COMMENTARY: Our legislature is Austin-tatious

The late columnist Molly Ivins often told the story of Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis addressing a group of wheelchair-bound Texans watching from the House gallery. Lewis ended with, “Now stand and take a bow.” I was in the Texas Senate when Sen. Walter “Mad Dog” Mengden of Houston proclaimed, “And that is the problem, […]

COMMENTARY: Pre-Kindergarten is Good for Texas

Jim Rice
FBISD TRUSTEE

Last fall Scott McClelland, Chair of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Education Advisory Committee and President of the Houston Division of HEB, and Jim Postl, Chairman of the Early Matters Coalition, organized by the Greater Houston Partnership, made a presentation to school board trustees who collectively represent 1.1 million students residing within the greater Houston metropolitan […]

COMMENTARY: FAN FARE FOR THE COMMON FAN

Lynn Ashby

Peter O’Reilly, the NFL’s senior vice president of events, recently visited NRG Stadium, aka Son of the Astrodome, and pronounced the stadium up to speed to host the 2017 Super Bowl. Oh, except for minor improvements like upgrading the stadium’s WiFi, and renovating the club seating and the executive suites. It shouldn’t cost more than […]

LONE STAR RISING, ALMOST

Lynn Ashby

The U.S. Supreme Court has been dealing with the Texas state government’s refusal to allow the Sons of Confederate Veterans to put the Confederate battle flag (it was never the official Southern flag) on their personalized license plates. Wasn’t this decided at Appomattox? But there is still one little-known story about Texas and Dixie that […]

COMMENTARY: YOUR PAPERS, PLEASE

Lynn Ashby

Anyone can spot events as they are occurring, but once again you and I are sharper than most by noticing what is not happening. There is not a flurry of emails, no callers to those nutty radio talk shows (“Rush, Obama has put Jell-O in my kidneys.”) and no alarms from unknown scientists who claim […]

TRIGGER-NOMETRY 101

Lynn Ashby

THE PARKING LOT –Driving to this convenience store at my weekend getaway in Varicose Valley, I suddenly hear shouting. True story. Parked in the middle of the lot are two vehicles, drivers’ doors open. The shouting is the work of two guys who must have had an altercation down the street and pulled in here […]

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