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the money man

the money man

March 26th, 2015

The whys of investing

By TOM JACOBS

Why do we have to invest? Not – newsflash! – to get rich quick or gamble. Job #1 is to preserve the purchasing power of money against the stealthy evil of inflation. When the cost of living increases, we say we have inflation. If inflation is 3 percent a year, …

ranching

ranching

March 26th, 2015

Cattle health should remain top priority for ranchers

 By TOM HAYNIE

As the State of Texas continues dealing with violence and other critical issues along the Texas-Mexico border, the threat of an animal disease and parasite outbreak continues to grow. Cattle are constantly being transported into Texas, and the lack of proper border security creates health inspection …

our state senator

our state senator

March 26th, 2015

Bill supporting dual language education passes committee

By state Sen. JOSE RODRIGUEZ

Senator José Rodríguez’s SB 159, which will help maintain and expand cutting-edge dual-language education in schools across the state, including programs in the El Paso Independent School District, has passed a key hurdle after being voted out of committee unanimously this week.

“Dual language programs are …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

March 26th, 2015

Chickening out on free range Nielsen Ratings

 By STEVE LANG

“Why did the chicken cross the road? To see his friend Gregory peck.” – Anonymous

“Well, you take a big chance getting up in the morning, crossing the street, or sticking your face in a fan.” – Leslie Nielsen, a.k.a. Frank Drebin, in “Police Squad”

Since I am considering …

our state representative

our state representative

March 26th, 2015

It’s time to lift the U.S. ban on crude oil exports

By PONCHO NEVÁREZ

The time has come to lift the U.S. ban on crude oil exports. In the 1970’s the ban was enacted under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, in which Congress attempted to secure U.S. energy reserves due to political unrest caused by the …

sarah @ SXSW

sarah @ SXSW

March 19th, 2015

It’s all about Doug Sahm and the Texas groove

 By SARAH M. VASQUEZ

AUSTIN – Marfa Public Radio’s Joe Nick Patoski is making his directorial debut at 7:30pm tonight at the Paramount Theatre for the South by Southwest Film Festival.

Joe Nick at SXSW (staff photo by Sarah M. Vasquez)

Patoski is typically known for his …

the money man

the money man

March 19th, 2015

The Golden Rule of 72

By TOM JACOBS

“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it … he who doesn’t … pays it.” – Albert Einstein.

In 1956, 26 year-old investing legend Warren Buffett returned to hometown Omaha from New York to start an investment fund. He went door to door, …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

March 19th, 2015

A said “tail’ of White House power politics

 By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Now that the statute of limitations has run out, I can safely disclose certain well kept, White House secrets formerly known by only the most insider of insiders.

After 20 years in Washington, I can assure you that you can’t believe the media. No longer being …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

March 19th, 2015

For all things Swedish, there’s no place like Holman’s

By STEVE LANG

“Heinäsirkka, heinäsirkka, mene täältä hiiteen!” (“Grasshopper, grasshopper, go from hence to Hell!”) – St. Urho’s Day incantation

I spent St. Urho’s Day (March 16) preparing for a colonoscopy, an act that probably delighted the Irish.

I spent St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) undergoing a colonoscopy, likely to …

guest commentary

guest commentary

March 19th, 2015

Orange flags

By RICHARD MARK GLOVER

Orange flags marking the Carlos Slim pipeline are fluttering at the mouth of Paisano Pass this week along the Union Pacific railroad near the elbow of HWY 1703 in Sunny Glen. Aerial survey planes are flying ahead generating data points for ground crews and later bulldozers to start the big lay. …

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