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the money man

the money man

August 27th, 2015

Market jitters? Here’s how to sleep at night

By TOM JACOBS

“What, Me Worry?”

–Mad Magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman

Oh, how I love the smell of a down market in the morning! And it’s been an olfactory delight this month, especially Friday and Monday. Notice I’m not upset and neither should you be. When …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

August 27th, 2015

A new school year: resurrecting those educational truths

By STEVE LANG

“Why don’t they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as well as prohibition did, in five years Americans would be the smartest people on Earth.” – Will Rogers

“Blessed are the weird people – poets, misfits, writers, …

the money man

the money man

August 20th, 2015

The end of the ride

By TOM JACOBS

In the late 1960s and early 1970s tech boom, my best friend Peter’s father left his law practice to be general counsel for a startup. The company aimed to solve the nationwide affordable housing shortage through new tech modular housing. They mass-produced housing modules for sale …

cattlewoman’s comments

cattlewoman’s comments

August 20th, 2015

Government intrusion at its worst

By LESLIE KINSEL, chair, TSCRA Legislative and Tax Committee, with Laramie Adams, TSCRA director of public affairs

My husband and I have been ranching in South Texas for many years, and we have worked hard to care for the land my family lives on today. This same testament holds …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

August 20th, 2015

Recalling the rocky path of civic duty

By STEVE LANG

“My best advice is, don’t go home.” – Ralph Olson

“Sweet revenge will prevail/without fail.” – John Prine

Small town living can literally place one between a rock and a hard place.

When one joins the business community in a small town, serving …

library talk

library talk

August 13th, 2015

Family reading night postponed until school starts

By MANDY ROANE

It looks like we picked a really busy week to try and host our Summer Reading Family Night! Since we want as many of our summer readers to attend as possible, we’re going to postpone the festivities until school is back in session and …

border issues

border issues

August 13th, 2015

Focus on border investment would benefit state

By State Sen. JOSE RODRIGUEZ 

I represent more than 350 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, which includes six international ports of entry. This includes a new crossing at the Tornillo-Guadalupe Port of Entry, which has yet to open but already has had a significant economic …

the money man

the money man

August 13th, 2015

Before the fall

By TOM JACOBS

In elementary school in the 1960s my best friend was a boy I’ll call Peter Newman. His family of seven lived in luxury, a red brick palace with eight bedrooms and five bathrooms. There was not only a formal dining room, but also another in a semi-circle …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

August 13th, 2015

The Erdahl house

Housing all those childhood memories

By STEVE LANG

“Our house is a very, very, very fine house.” – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

“This old house was home and comfort/as we fought the storms of life.” – Stuart Hamblen

My sister-in-law informed me that my childhood home, like Don …

the money man

the money man

August 6th, 2015

Is your home’s value at risk?

By TOM JACOBS

“Nothing is a buy at any price; almost anything is a buy at some price.”

How often do we wonder what a house is worth? All the time. How often do we consider what another housing crash would do to it? Hmm, not so much.

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