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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.

what’s going on

what’s going on

August 6th, 2015

The Voice of the Last Frontier signs off

By ROBERT HALPERN

I took the above photo because it was news: Ray Hendryx had cleaned his desk. It was a dozen or more years ago and I’m sure by the time he cleaned out his office to retire recently, the desktop had …

library talk

library talk

August 6th, 2015

Come to family reading night next week

By MANDY ROANE

Don’t forget to RSVP for our Family Summer Reading Night by Friday. We’ll celebrate everyone’s summer reading successes with an evening of fun and games on Friday, August 14 at 6pm.

Also, we’re still on the hunt for music or books by Texas musicians, …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

August 6th, 2015

Ray Hendryx and Steve Lang

A well-deserved day for Ray

By STEVE LANG

“Friends are people who know you really well and like you anyway.” – Greg Tamblyn

Years ago, a South Dakota Republican spoke at a Minnesota Republican Party convention. He noted, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, that the sitting Minnesota governor, a …

the money man

the money man

July 30th, 2015

Dividends good and bad

By TOM JACOBS

It’s nice to be paid money — a dividend — to own a stock, but not all dividends are created equal. Some are safer than others. When a company cuts a dividend, the stock usually plummets. Not good.

Think of dividend yield as an interest rate. The …

To read or not to read; it’s not really a question

To read or not to read; it’s not really a question

July 30th, 2015

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

I will never forget the first time I finished reading The Giver. I lay on my bed, the finished book resting heavily on my chest, and I watched the ceiling fan in my bedroom make its measured rotations as my mind reeled with its first existential questions. I was eight …

library talk

library talk

July 30th, 2015

Family reading night is August 14

By MANDY ROANE

Summer Reading is drawing to a close, so now is the time to get your reading logs in! We’ll be handing out reading prizes and tickets for the grand prizes until Friday, August 14. If you haven’t read all that you want to this summer, …

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