This East Texas town is so removed from Washington in distance and thought, the residents have a hard time figuring out the mind-set of the nation's capital.
Take Washington's neuroses over rising sales of sport-utility vehicles, such as the 1998 GMC Suburban SLT that I drove here. Marshall's folks don't understand what all the fuss is about.
"You say people in Washington are worried about big trucks crushing small cars?" asked Jay Denson, sitting in his uncle's fully loaded, full-size GMC Sierra pickup in a church parking lot.
"Yeah," I said. "They believe too many trucks on the road makes things dangerous for people in cars."
"That's the dumbest thing," Denson said. "Y'all don't have no... Read More