classifieds    contact    advertise    archives    download newspapers

Big Bend Blog

the road to excellence

the road to excellence

July 31st, 2014

Marfa ISD tax rates and property values

 By ANDREW PETERS

Two weeks ago I provided information regarding increased property values and how they impact setting the tax rate. I received several inquiries and am providing you with answers to your questions as well as brief commentaries.

1. If the 2014 appraised tax base is doubled would we expect …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

July 31st, 2014

Dissing the mother tongue and Mexican food

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: What is it about the many gringos/gabachos who constantly slaughter Spanish words? Spanish is easy to pronounce- and spell – compared to English. The vowels – a, e, i, o, u – are always pronounced the same way. In English, vowels vary a lot, making it …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

July 31st, 2014

Batting around a few old memories

By STEVE LANG

“Bifocals are not a ballplayer’s friend.” – Dwight Walvatne

My previous experiences with meeting a county sheriff in the courthouse had nothing to do with baseball.

But I am no longer a card-carrying member of the Minnesota Newspaper Association and apparently old offenses committed during non-working hours had been long …

Taking care of our veterans

Taking care of our veterans

July 31st, 2014

By PETE P. GALLEGO

There are fewer than five legislative days before Congress adjourns for its traditional August recess. The month of August is called a “district work period.”

I enjoy each district work period because I get to leave the politics of Washington behind and do what I love most – spend time in the 23rd …

A bill to fix the child immigration issue on the border

A bill to fix the child immigration issue on the border

July 31st, 2014

 


By U.S. Sen. JOHN CORNYN

From its beginning, our nation has faced enormous challenges. During these times, leaders who didn’t always see eye to eye came together to solve our nation’s problems. Looking at the current situation in Washington, I find myself wondering if those days have passed. I wonder …

ask a mexican

ask a mexican

July 24th, 2014

Standing up to the Mexican and American governments

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: I am from an Arabic-speaking country. After my education is completed here, I’ll be returning to my country or Kuala Lampur, the Garden City of Lights. Since I’ve been in this country, I’ve noticed there’s a rising tide of hatred toward Mexicans. I’ve talked …

cattlemen’s column

cattlemen’s column

July 24th, 2014

Investing in the future of the beef industry

By PETE BONDS, president

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) recently announced Texas cattle producers voted to establish a state-level Beef Checkoff program. The referendum passed with broad support, and I believe this a positive step forward for the Texas beef industry.

Since the U.S. …

ask a mexican

ask a mexican

July 17th, 2014

If Mexicans are supposed to go back to Mexico, should Anglos go back to Europe?

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican:

I have some questions and observations. During George W. Bush’s administration, there was a lot of talk for and against comprehensive immigration reform (amnesty to some). One remark that I recall was stated by a Mexican that went …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

July 10th, 2014

Losing knowledge of heritage and history

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Mexican: Hola! I’m a long time reader, first time writer. I was thinking a long time about what to ask, because I don’t want to ask a dumb question and embarrass myself. I finally decided to ask on something that tends to bother me a lot. Why do …

from the auditor’s desk

from the auditor’s desk

July 10th, 2014

The budget process

By RICK HERRMAN

Presidio County auditor

HOW CITIZENS CAN STAY ABREAST OF THE 2015 PROCESS

“Three methods to consider: a) follow our two forms of excellent media, newspapers and radio; b) consider attending Commissioners’ Court meetings, even though for some, those meetings are not always convenient to attend; and c) in the near future, to comply …

about   advertise   archives   contact   download newspapers   home   subscribe