In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. On that much, we can agree. The list of things beyond that which can be stipulated is pretty scarce, but in summary: someone at some point decided Columbus should get credit for discovering the Americas. Someone else, in turn, decided that was reason enough to declare a holiday on the anniversary of his “discovery.” And bingo-bongo, bank cashiers have been big fans of Cristoforo Colombo ever since.
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On Friday’s opinion page, Texas A&M University School of Law Professor Meg Penrose, and David B. Muhlhausen, a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation’s Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity, debated the question: “Has the death penalty become too costly to administer in America?”
This November, voters will have an opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment, Proposition 1. This amendment was a joint resolution that was passed during the 2013 legislative session. However, because it changes the Texas Constitution, it needs voter approval before it can take effect. If passed it will direct some of the severance tax from oil and gas production to transportation funding.
A few years ago I had a birthday. I don’t always have them since I am now on Social Security, but my lady friends wanted to have a party, and this was as good an excuse as any. I was to pick the place, date and time. We’d meet and eat lunch. I would open my gifts. And then we’d go home. No big deal.
“It’s Great to be a Yellow Jacket!” was the sentiment expressed Thursday night when the Denison Alumni Association honored the 1984 Denison Yellow Jacket Football Team by inducting the entire team and their coaches, headed by Marty Criswell, into the Denison High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Almost 60 years ago, at the beginning of my teaching career, a principal told new teachers the story of a young man who desperately needed a teaching job in the panhandle of Texas. In those days, the story went, candidates for teaching positions had to hunt school board members down to be interviewed wherever the board member happened to be.
I’m old enough to remember what it was like to have to read by the dim light that came from a kerosene lamp. As an Aggie I also remember this old joke: How many Aggies does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: Three, one to hold the light bulb and two to turn the ladder. Both of these memories came to mind last week as I read about three physicists receiving the Nobel Prize for inventing a better way to light the world.
Back in my home state of Colorado, there’s been a ton of hullabaloo recently over teacher-led protests in a Denver suburb. People are angry because a school board member said she favored slanting the AP history curriculum toward conservatism, but the reason for the protests isn’t really germane, anyway.
We know from the childhood song that Old MacDonald had a farm. But e-i-e-i-o — look who’s got his farm now. It’s outfits like American Farmland, Farmland Partners, and BlackRock.
The huge old hackberry or ironwood tree stood in the backyard of our farmhouse for more than 100 years. My mother told of the lightning striking this old tree at the corner of the house before I was born. Even though the tree was split, it continued to stand tall and strong.