Columns/Opinions

Wed
14
Jan

Kendal Hemphill

Our history is disappearing. Slowly, inexorably, our past is slipping away, bit by bit, into the, well, the past. We’ve become a nation intent on the future, and while the future is important, even vital, my opinion is that the future does us no good without a past. Our own past. One of the most overused buzzwords lately is ‘moving forward.’ OK, that’s two words, but you know what I mean. You hear it constantly from politicians, talking heads on television, celebrities. They seem to think it makes them sound like they’re on the ball, like they have a grasp of what needs to be done, like they understand what’s going on around them, and know how to solve problems, win friends, and influence people.
 
Wed
14
Jan

The Conaway Chronicle

Congressman K. Michael Conaway

 

Start of the 114th Congress: The start of the 114th Congress marks the first time that Republicans have been in control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate in eight years. This is an opportunity for us to make headway on policies that have been stymied by a Democratic Senate for too long. This week, I had the honor of officially becoming the 50th Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.
 
Wed
07
Jan

Kendal Hemphill

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since this time a year ago. By now most everyone should have had plenty of time to take a long, hard look at his or her New Year’s Resolutions, carefully evaluate his or her personal
chances of achieving his or her personal goals for the coming year, and adjust his or her expectations to make them more realistic..
 
Wed
07
Jan

Say What?

I have to admit, sometimes I am easily aggravated by stupid expressions. If you have ever studied a foreign language, you will appreciate how hard it is for a non-native speaker to learn the English language. Then,
yearly, we add challenging new slang to the mix, as well as other  expressions that literally make no sense.
Wed
17
Dec

The Idle American

Turkeys, I suppose, are unaware that their “jobs” in life are to gobble down granular foodstuff in a timely manner that will render them prime menu targets for us to gobble down—particularly at Thanksgiving and Christmas 
dinners.
 
Wed
10
Dec

Kendal Hemphill

My regular, loyal readers (all 2 of them) are no doubt looking forward to this week’s column, since they’ve probably heard about the recent National Geographic Drunk Bird story, and expect me to wax eloquent about it. If not that, they may have caught wind of the 100 brains that went missing from the University of Texas, and expect a story about that, although my Aggie friends have expressed the opinion that they weren’t aware of 100 brains at UT to begin with
 

 

Wed
03
Dec

Kendal Hemphill

Since last February or March,  when I wrote about the black rhino hunt auctioned off by Dallas Safari Club, I’ve been inundated with angry complaints written on recycled paper in biodegradable ink. Well, maybe not inundated. But I have received lots of complaints.
 
Wed
26
Nov

Texas Times

As Texans gather with our loved ones and friends in the coming days to celebrate Thanksgiving, I am reminded that so many of our blessings would not be possible without the contributions of our men and women in uniform—past and present—and the families who support them from the homefront.
 
Wed
19
Nov

Kendal Hemphill

As a rule, I generally avoid making predictions about events until after the event has actually occurred. Call me a rebel, but I find it easier to prognosticate accurately from the perspective of hindsight. Most of the time I’m 
able to foretell things exactly as they happened. So, sometime after 7 December, I plan to let my readers know what will happen to Paul Rosolie on that date. Stay tuned.
 
 
Wed
12
Nov

Salute to a Forgotten Patriot

What does baseball, spies and the Medal of Freedom have in common? Here is history few ever knew... When baseball greats Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig went on tour in baseball-crazy Japan in 1934, some fans wondered why
a third-string catcher named Moe Berg was included   
 

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