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West words worth writing home about

When Atherton Phleger arrived at his first job as a park ranger at Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah, he was a dedicated acolyte of the late Western writer, environmental activist and curmudgeon Edward Abbey who had studied his well-thumbed, weather-beaten copy of “Desert Solitaire” as if it were a holy text. “If there…

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Hear ye! I henceforth issue these two executive orders

Time’s a-wasting! Just as February winds down, I am at long last issuing my first two executive orders. Issued on Feb. 19, 2017, these orders rest on the authority vested in me as the leading candidate for the presidency of the Association of Befuddled American Citizens, who seem to be emerging as the true majority….

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Let’s ask American Indians about the “immigration crisis”

In 2017, as the nation steps into the ring for yet another fight over immigration, the time has come to seek guidance from the people who have endured the most trying encounters with unruly and ill-mannered immigrants. For five hundred years, American Indian people have been coping with an immigration crisis. Since 1492, Europeans and…

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“Center for the Study of the American West” Increases Regional Awareness

A new venture at West Texas A&M University is drawing a lot of buzz across the High Plains. The Center for the Study of the American West was launched this fall and has already positioned itself as one of the jewels in WT’s crown. The project’s sponsor, Dr. Alex Hunt, says the Center’s role is…

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How Trump can win on infrastructure

After the presidential election of 2016, many good souls have declared that the building of bridges now registers as our most urgent national priority. Depending on the kind of bridges you have in mind, President-elect Donald Trump agrees. Russell Berman recently wrote in The Atlantic that “the very first specific promise Trump made upon claiming…

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