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high desert sketches

July 28th, 2016

(image by VALERIE HOWARD)The UT Austin Tower

August 1, 1966; the terror at the UT Tower

By GEORGE COVINGTON

In the past half century I have seldom thought about the horrific events of August 1, 1966.

Looking back through the mist of 50 years, my first clear memory of that day …

what’s going on

what’s going on

July 21st, 2016

A tale of two appraisal districts

By ROBERT HALPERN

Perhaps you read both letters from Walter Hopper in last week’s issue. He pretty much eviscerated the Presidio County Appraisal District and the Appraisal Review Board.

Response letters to Mr. Hopper appear this week from Marfa property owner Mike Calvert and Richard Petree, the appraisal …

hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

July 21st, 2016

Those who seek to divide us won’t win

By U.S. Rep. WILL HURD

To those who are using fear and terror to try and divide our country, I have a message: You will not win.

When tragedies such as the ones that played out in Dallas and across the country this week happen, the …

gust commentary: reactions to Dallas police shootings

July 14th, 2016

State Sen. José Rodríguez:

“We can and will find a way to live together peacefully with respect for each other’s rights, but not until we have the very hard conversation required to right some wrongs in this country. Rather than deepening the divisions by continuing to play on the politics of fear, it is …

news for veterans

news for veterans

July 7th, 2016

Veterans may need a new TBI exam

By HARLAN HARDY

Veterans who received examinations for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) between 2007 and 2015 in support of disability compensation claims should receive a letter from the Veterans Affairs offering you the option to undergo a new TBI exam.

Review the letter closely and follow the …

guest commentary – jim glendinning

guest commentary – jim glendinning

July 7th, 2016

Reflections on Brexit

By JIM GLENDINNINIG

A European Union/United Kingdom passport has been in my desk drawer for some years, used occasionally to get foreign visas more cheaply than with my US passport. This (holding two passports) is entirely legal. But its usefulness will end in two years when the UK leaves the EU, …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

June 23rd, 2016

From (near) coast to (near) coast, with fries

By STEVE LANG

“If there is an apocalypse, that’s (Del Taco) one of the things I’m going to miss the most.” – Dr. Artie Smith

When lumping Nike headquarters, Niagara Falls, Baseball Hall of Fame, NCAA Outdoor track championships and Del Taco visits into two weeks on the road, eliminating …

guest commentary by the Rev. Barry Abraham Zavah

June 23rd, 2016

The Reverend and the Texas Democratic Convention

By REV. BARRY ABRAHAM ZAVAH

Preamble 2016 Texas Democrats Party Platform: “Texas Democrats believe government exists to achieve together what we cannot achieve as individuals; and government must serve all people.”

We assembled at 8 o’clock Saturday morning. An advisory committee previously met in order to hammer-out a rough draft for …

news for veterans

news for veterans

June 16th, 2016

Death pensions to surviving spouses and children

By Harlan Hardy

Presidio County Veterans Service Officer

A Death Pension is a benefit paid to eligible dependents of wartime Veterans.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

 

Eligible dependents may qualify for a Death Pension if:

 

The deceased Veteran was discharged from service under other than dishonorable

conditions; AND

 

He or she served 90 days or more active duty with …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

June 16th, 2016

Blind Bard Explains Irony to the Confused

By GEORGE COVINGTON

Every day my readers are bombarded with millions of tidbits delivered by a variety of digital avalanches. Like me, I’m sure that most of my readers occasionally reflect upon “the good ol’ days” when information came from only a few printed sources and maybe a commentator or …

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