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the money man

the money man

Confirmation bias

By TOM JACOBS

“Just because someone agrees with you doesn’t mean you’re right.” – our nephew, to me, when in high school.

It is human nature to look for opinions that reinforce our positions, decisions, and actions. If we buy a car, we don’t want people telling us what a poor choice we made. Our friends …


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steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

Fatherly wisdom quickly surpassed

By STEVE LANG

           “Fatherhood is great because you can ruin someone from scratch.” – Jon Stewart

“A father is a man who expects his children to be as good as he meant to be.” — Carol Coats

            If I could name the best thing about being a father, …


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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

the dreaded pterodactyl, image by VALERIE HOWARD

Inferno: Revenge of the Pipeline II

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

I am well on the way to collecting my $300 million production cost. An unidentified Alpine merchant gave me a $1 coupon, which I hope to cash in on my next Cowdog. Other funding sources may include Alcazar, …


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our state senator

our state senator

SCOTUS ruling on Obamacare keeps one million Texans insured

State Sen. José Rodríguez today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold federally run health care exchanges:

Today’s Supreme Court ruling in King v. Burwell will allow nearly one million Texans, including over 54,000 El Pasoans, who currently get coverage through the federal …


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the idle american

the idle american

We all scream for ice cream

By Dr. Don Newbury

It is considered a short poem, ditty, slogan or even a hard, cold fact–we all scream for ice cream. Purists may sniff, however, insisting that initially, it was but the chorus of a simple melody introduced in 1925.

Here lately, however–with Blue Bell’s voluntary removal of its desserts …


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west texas talk

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

Ode to the poets laureate of Texas and the UK

By LONN TAYLOR

The United Kingdom has had a poet laureate since at least 1190, when King Richard I appointed a fellow named Richard Canonicus as versificator regis, literally, versifier to the king. There has been an unbroken line of poets laureate since 1513, when John Skelton …


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guest news release

guest news release

Border Trade Alliance applauds infrastructure funding

Texas Gov. Greg Abbot on Saturday signed HB 1 into law, an over $209 billion budget bill to fund state government operations.

Tucked into the massive two-year budget is a provision that creates a new border infrastructure funding category within the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

“With dedicated federal resources for border …


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correspondence

correspondence

Rep. Hurd, did you really vote in support of an amendment by Rep. Pete Sessions to eliminate The Sunset Limited Amtrak route?

I’m one of your constituents.

Most sincerely,

Ken Whitley

Marfa

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The energy at the last Alpine City Council meeting was fresh, full-of-heart, bold and for the most part female.

May that power explode with confidence and courage! …


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