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May 21st, 2015

Bambi meets Godzilla

By TOM JACOBS

In the forgotten, great and brief Bambi Meets Godzilla, Bambi frolics gently in the forest, to the sound of sweet music. Once we are lulled into the happy scene, a giant foot appears and squashes Bambi. As a college student in the 1970s, I found this sidesplitting. But then, it was …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

May 21st, 2015

Appreciating teachers’ advice for roads not taken

By STEVE LANG

            “Good teachers are the ones who can challenge young minds without losing their own.” – Anonymous

“He who laughs most, learns best.” – John Cleese

Once again, I write about Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8) and teacher appreciation in general after its passing.

But, to quote Browning, for many …

guest commentary

guest commentary

May 21st, 2015

Waiting for Joe

By RICHARD MARK GLOVER

“Welcome, please sign in,” said the lady at the table near the front door. A yellow mum sprouted from her lapel. Behind her the open room started to fill with people. Large white men with white dress shirts gathered in the middle. I walked to the food table and picked …

our senior Texas U.S. senator

our senior Texas U.S. senator

May 21st, 2015

Patriot Act has never been more important

By U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas

After the Sept. 11 attacks, Americans began to look at our national security in a different light. No longer were the lines of battle neatly drawn and enemies easily identified. In the 21st century, threats would be constantly evolving and growing even more complex.

The …

the idle american

the idle american

May 21st, 2015

Irresistible chocolate chip cookies

By Dr. Don Newbury

Patrick Voith, an accomplished pilot who flies a sleek King Air 200 plane for M&F Western Products Co. in Sulphur Springs, would have stumped the panel had he appeared on the old TV quiz show, What’s My Line.

The cookie fancier pilot Patrick Voith.

He could have claimed …

the money man

the money man

May 14th, 2015

The next bear market

By TOM JACOBS

“I never buy within 20% of the [market’s] bottom or sell within 20% of the top, but there is a lot of money to be made in between.” – Bernard Baruch

We have been in a raging bull market since March 2009—over six years. The broad stock …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

May 14th, 2015

Valerie Howard image

Greed is good

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

In the United States at the end of 2001, 10% of the population owned 71% of the wealth and the top 1% owned 38%. On the other hand, the bottom 40% owned less than 1% of the nation’s wealth. Some very negative thinking …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

May 14th, 2015

Breaking the mold: the end of Jell-O as we know it?

By STEVE LANG

“Money can’t buy happiness? Last time I checked, money can buy you candy, a mansion with an indoor pool and endless supplies of Jell-O.” – Anonymous

“I have an awesome idea, but first I’ll need a zebra, bungee cords, Jell-O …

the money man

the money man

May 7th, 2015

Warren Buffett

Woodstock for capitalists

By TOM JACOBS

Every year, thousands of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders descend on Omaha, Nebraska for the company’s annual meeting. It’s Woodstock for capitalists, where value investing friends meet year after year to talk stocks. They buy See’s Candies and products of other companies Berkshire owns. But mostly …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

April 30th, 2015

A fat cat, by Victoria Howard.

Money and politics trump citizen outrage

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

In the immortal words of Lord Acton, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” In Texas, power means wealth and political connections. While it can take many forms, oil and gas is the engine …

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