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About juanzqui7

Former Texas reporter, columnist and editorial writer.

Please: It’s Beto, not Baydough!

SERIOUSLY, NOW: Beto O’Rourke is probably going to be out next US senator from Texas. With that in mind, I think we should make certain we all pronounce his name correctly. Not O’Rourke. As weird and as complex the last … Continue reading

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On Flags and Patriotism (or, Who Says Flags Don’t Talk?)

[In June, 1980, less than a year after starting to work for The Houston Post, I was sent out to do a Flag Day story for the next day. I wasn’t given any guidance and I didn’t ask for any. … Continue reading

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Voodoo politics

I WAS GOING through some old files today when I came across a page from a reporter’s notebook. It didn’t look like much and I was about to throw it out when I realized what it was: Part of my notes … Continue reading

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The column that changed history?

AFTER MANY YEARS of lobbying for the job, I finally convinced the Houston Post to agree to make me a columnist for the paper in the summer of 1990. I had been working as a Washington correspondent for The Post when … Continue reading

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My Barbara Bush Memory

IN 1992, I was asked to write an editorial to be published in The Houston Post the Sunday before the Republican National Convention was to open in the Astrodome. My assignment was to welcome President George Bush to his hometown but … Continue reading

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1968, a year of hope, discovery, fear and loathing

A WHILE AGO I saw a Facebook post in which people were asked about their memories of 50 years ago, of the year 1968. I was tempted to write something but I quickly realized that much, way too much, happened on … Continue reading

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‘BANG’ Offers a Dark Look at the Human Cost of Mexico’s Drug War

Daniel Peña is not sparing in his assessment of Texas, where farmworkers are poisoned by fertilizer and pesticide, and Mexico, where guessing who will be next to die in the drug wars has become a lottery game. Book review by … Continue reading

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