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the money man

the money man

June 25th, 2015

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 …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

June 25th, 2015

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, …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

June 25th, 2015

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, …

our state senator

our state senator

June 25th, 2015

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 …

the idle american

the idle american

June 25th, 2015

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 …

cattlemen’s column

cattlemen’s column

June 18th, 2015

Death tax adversely affects domestic economy

 By ROBERT McKNIGHT

Second vice president, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

The federal estate tax, also known as the death tax, is a levy on the transfer of the estate of a deceased property owner. The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) doesn’t believe death should ever be a taxable …

hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

June 18th, 2015

Unleash the innovators

By U.S. Rep. WILL HURD

Let me ask you a question. Would you rather our best scientists spend their time in an office writing research grant proposals or in the laboratory finding a cure for cancer? This week in Congress we’re working on bipartisan legislation which promotes less of the former and more of …

the money man

the money man

June 18th, 2015

Get paid to own a stock

By TOM JACOBS

Many people think there is magic to stock gains and losses because they consider only price. But over time, it isn’t voodoo. What matters is whether the business creates what’s called shareholder value. If it does, the stock price will eventually follow. Very simple.

You’d think creating shareholder value …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

June 18th, 2015

Batter up: tracing baseball’s Renaissance roots

 By STEVE LANG

 “The strongest thing that baseball has going for it today are its yesterdays.” – Lawrence Ritter

“Baseball is a game dominated by vital ghosts; it’s a fraternity, like no other we have of the active and the no longer so, the living and the dead.” – Richard Gilman

Historians have …

the idle american

the idle american

June 18th, 2015

Uncle Mort on aging

By Dr. Don Newbury

On a night when sleep was fitful, I caught the tail-end of a TV talk show. A guy quoted my Uncle Mort, who believes drinking buttermilk daily is the secret of his longevity.

Of all the claims I’ve heard Mort make—and there are many—none I recalled involved buttermilk.

First thing the …

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