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the money man

the money man

April 16th, 2015

Are they on your side?

By TOM JACOBS

In my work, people often ask me for a second opinion, as they would a doctor for major surgery. When a long-time friend and his siblings began managing their mother’s affairs due to her ill health, he requested help understanding his mother’s investment management.

I …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

April 16th, 2015

VALERIE HOWARD image

It must be spring

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Every spring I find an incredible desire to explain to tourists the essential nature of West Texas and the curious things that make us different. Tourists must learn to respect our bugs, our buzzards, and our wonderful little National Public Radio …

the money man

the money man

April 9th, 2015

The “other talk” to young graduates

By TOM JACOBS

Don’t invite me to be your graduation speaker. Seriously. My address would be, “Credit Cards are the Devil’s Spawn!” Hear the yawns?

Yet it should be required for every graduating senior in the country. Legions of fresh victims turn 18 each year and are eligible …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

April 9th, 2015

Edith Lang

Celebrating life as it should be lived

By STEVE LANG

“My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.”  – Mark Twain

“If all the good things happened to you when you were young, you would have nothing to look forward to.”  – …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

April 2nd, 2015

Valerie Howard image

Conceptual art and aesthetic nausea

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Not often do I concern myself with international artistic spats. Recently, however, I had to take note when Julian Spalding and a film crew from the BBC were thrown out of an opening reception at London’s Tate Gallery of Modern …

the money man

the money man

April 2nd, 2015

A checking account that pays 12 percent?

By TOM JACOBS

Once upon a time there was a New York City money manager who earned his clients 12 percent, year in and year out, for decades. He snared crowds of rich folks because of his dependable secret method. At 12 percent a year, money doubles …

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 …

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