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Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Freethought San Marcos: Selling cremation door-to-door

— Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS   I just had the opportunity to be a “secret shopper” – from the convenience of my dining room table. Over the years, I have occasionally received solicitations from funeral homes or cremation services to encourage me to “pre-arrange” funerals or cremations. In recent months,

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Bartee Haile: Frontier hero puts adventures down on paper

Memoirist "Buck" Barry fought alongside Jack C. Hayes among his many other adventures.

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Commentary: GOP should avoid immigration trap

Before deciding what to do about immigration, Republicans should first decide what not to do. They should not buy in to the Obama/liberal Democrats’ plan to legalize every person who is in the country illegally.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Bartee Haile: Best card player on the Texas frontier was a southern belle

— This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE Convinced he had been cheated out of a pot on Feb. 18, 1872, an angry poker player started shooting at the owner of Fort Griffin’s first...

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Freethought San Marcos: Drone assassinations are the latest misguided U.S. foreign policy

— Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS Ever since homo sapiens walked in east Africa 200,000 years ago and feared the rustling in the grass, we have known that this is a dangerous world. ...

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Freethought San Marcos: Sanitizing Black history every February

— Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS — I don’t like to read about Black history during February each year because most of what I find is so sanitized. Black history is full of...

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Bartee Haile: Two lawmakers caught red-handed taking bribe

A tale of bribery, optometrists and a famous Texas Ranger

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Freethought San Marcos: Becoming a victim of TSA’s goons

— Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS While flying on a plane going west My luggage lock was supposedly the best It met all of TSA’s requirements and rules But still they broke it...

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Freethought San Marcos: Reconsidering gun control

— Freethought San Marcos: A column by LAMAR W. HANKINS   Since I last wrote about gun control in the middle of December, I have continued to read and gather as many facts as I could find...

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Remembering Bob Barton, 1930-2013

Bob Barton wasn't ever altogether satisfied with the world around him, but he fought against it and laughed with it, never showing rage or buffoonery and always wanting a better everything for everybody -- except for the...

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